The emphasis of the course is planning, preparing and implementing developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate activities and environments for preschool-aged children. Students will use observation and assessment techniques to determine individual child goals for development. They will participate in and observe the design of an engaging environment, the use of materials, and healthy interpersonal relationships and how they impact play, learning and discovery. Students will apply intentional, evidence-based strategies to plan experiences and implement activities. Evaluation of the learning environment including sensitivity to cultural diversity will be conducted. Students will complete 30 hours of observation and assist in a preschool setting as part of a lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisites: ECE100G or equivalent with a C or higher, place into ENGL110G or ENGL111G unless waived by Program Coordinator or Course Instructor.

Fall/Spring semesters


  1. Required GBCC Health Form on file prior to ECE112G or senior practicum placements if not completing site hours in work settings.
  2. Required NH Child Care Personnel Health Form on file that indicates that the student has no apparent health problems that would prohibit him/her from caring for children prior to practicum.
  3. Required background check of “clear” or “non-disqualifying” prior to practicum. The cost of the record check and fingerprinting is the responsibility of the student.
  4. Students are required to complete practicum during regular morning hours in order to meet the ECE course requirements. Transportation to and from the practicum site is the responsibility of the student. All practicum sites are subject to practicum coordinator approval.