Teacher Education/Early Childhood Education Degree

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Teacher Education/Early Childhood Education Degree

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The Associate in Arts in Teacher Education concentrates on the foundations of education in a well-balanced approach. The program is designed to allow students to transfer to a four-year degree program to become teachers. It allows students to focus on elementary, middle, and secondary education with a common first year of course work. In the second year, students elect an educational transfer focus in any of the following areas: elementary education; math education; science education; social science education, or English education. Students taking the Associate in Arts Degree in Teacher Education may select the Special Education Track. This program provides teachers and paraprofessionals with the knowledge, skills and strategies for supporting students with disabilities.

The Teacher Education/ECE degree meets the training and education requirements for the State of NH Early Childhood Teacher Credential Level 5. (Refer to the Early Childhood Professional Development System Guide for other criteria for this level.) Graduates are prepared for immediate entry as competent professionals into the field of early childhood education as teachers in NH licensed child care centers, Head Start programs, nursery schools, family child care programs, and as paraeducators in elementary schools. Graduates may also decide to further their education at four year colleges

By offering a broad range of courses, the program prepares graduates to be paraeducators or to transfer their credits to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions to pursue a career in teaching. White Mountains Community College has transfer agreements with the University of New Hampshire System. Those students who intend to transfer to Plymouth State University must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.7 in addition to passing the Praxis 1 exam.

Specific admission requirements include the following:

  • Algebra I and Algebra II with a grade of C or higher.
  • Strong verbal and written English language skills are major considerations for acceptance.
  • Personal interview with Admissions Director and/or faculty member may be required.
  • Students interested in matriculation in a baccalaureate teacher program after completion of the Associate Degree are responsible for researching the requirements of such programs and their transfer procedures.

Health Considerations

Candidates for positions and careers in education are encouraged to explore health requirements associated with employment in a school setting. Prospective students with special needs requiring accommodations that may affect their learning are encouraged to contact the Disabilities Services Coordinator.

Character Expectations

The health and safety of children, adolescents and other learners is of paramount concern to the program. Applicants for teaching positions in public and private schools in New Hampshire should be aware that background checks through the New Hampshire Department of Safety must be completed by potential employers prior to employment. Students must also be aware that the college requires national criminal background checks for admission into the Teacher Education, Special Education Certificate, and Career and Technical Education Certificate Programs. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student. Applicants, who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of their experience, may not be employable or even eligible for field experience. Applicants are advised that such matters may be discussed during an admission interview so that future goals to be a teacher will not be compromised.

Technical Standards

Technical standards have been established to provide guidance to students as to skills and abilities required to function successfully in the program and ultimately in the public and private school classroom as teachers. Applicants who think they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards should contact program faculty members to discuss individual cases. Department faculty will give serious consideration to all academically qualified candidates providing that the technical standards can be met with reasonable accommodations. Students in the program must have sufficient strength, stamina and motor coordination to perform the following:

  • Sufficient hearing and visual acuity to ensure a safe environment and the ability to respond quickly in the event of emergency;
  • Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas, as well as to interpret important instructions to children, adolescents, colleagues, and parents;
  • Sufficient writing skills to accurately record students' daily progress and milestones, as well as a variety of reports;
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.

Upon successful completion of this program, the students will

  • understand the learning process and how curriculum is planned, adopted, implemented, and assessed;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of various instructional modalities and educational delivery systems;
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge of how children learn and develop, and provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.

Specific Expectations and Requirements for Teacher Education/ ECE

The health and safety of young children is of paramount concern to the State of NH and Early Childhood Education Program. Applicants for positions in childcare, preschools and many other early childhood programs in New Hampshire should be aware that background checks through the New Hampshire Department of Safety must be completed by potential employers prior to employment. Fingerprinting and criminal records checks are required.

Applicants, who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of the problem, may not be employable or even eligible for practica. Applicants are advised that such matters will be discussed during the admissions interview so that future goals will not be compromised.

1. Students will be working with children at the WMCC campus Child Development Center, beginning with first semester early childhood courses. Applicants are advised that the New Hampshire Bureau of Child Care Licensing requires certain paperwork to be on file at centers for employees and others who regularly work in child care centers. Completion of paperwork from the Bureau of Child Care Licensing must occur by the end of the first week of classes. This includes:
◦ submission of a criminal record check;
◦ a complete set of fingerprints;
◦ completion of the licensing Child Care Personnel Health Form by a licensed health provider.
2. The cost of the Criminal background check and fingerprinting is the responsibility of the student. They must come back as clear or non-disqualifying and the health form must indicate that the student is in good physical health and has no mental or emotional disturbances that would prohibit him/her from caring for children. Otherwise the student will be dismissed from the program.

Associate in Arts Degree

First Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
ECE111W Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
OR
EDU104W Foundations of Education 3 0 3
ECE216W Understanding Young Children with Special Needs 3 0 3
OR
EDU101W Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 0 3
ENGL120W College Composition 3/4 0 3/4
PROF101W Professional Readiness 1 0 1
  GENERAL ELECTIVE 3 0 3
  MATHEMATICS 4 0 4
  Semester Total  18 0 18
 
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
EDU204W Instructional Technology 3 0 3
  Educational Transfer Elective** 3 0 3
  HUMANITIES* 3 0 3
  LITERATURE  3 0 3
  MATHEMATICS 4 0 4
  SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 0 3
  Semester Total  19 0 19
 
  First Year Total      37
 

Second Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
ECE214W Teaching and Learning II 3 0 3
OR        
EDU207W Teaching and Learning 3 0 3
  Educational Transfer Elective** 3 0 3
  HUMANITIES* 3 0 3
  SCIENCE 3 2 4
  SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 0 3
  Semester Total  15 2 16
 
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
  Educational Transfer Elective** 3 0 3
  GENERAL ELECTIVE 3 0 3
  HUMANITIES* 3 0 3
  SCIENCE 3 2 4
  SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 0 3
  Semester Total  15 2 16
  Second Year Total      32
 
  Total for A.A.Degree       69
 

 

Students are advised to contact transfer institutions in order to make appropriate course selections.
*Recommend Art, Music, History, Foreign Language
** Educational Transfer Electives - Students will select transferable courses. Options will include Elementary Education courses and/or courses from areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Meet with your advisor prior to selection.