Manchester, NH, Schools with Early Childhood Education Programs
Two-year programs in early childhood education can lead to an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS). Four-year programs can culminate in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science. Some schools offer undergraduate certificates or Master of Education (MEd) programs. Continue reading to learn more about the program options at the three featured schools. You'll also find a comparison table with some key school statistics as well as what's available at two other colleges in the extended Manchester area.
- Granite State College, a small public school in Concord, has the lowest tuition of the schools listed here. It offers two programs that qualify graduates for teacher certification, along with an associate's degree designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. This state college is located 15 miles from downtown Manchester.
- Manchester Community College awards an associate's degree in early childhood education, as well as several certificates in the field. At 2.3 miles, the college is the closest to the downtown.
- Rivier University, a Catholic college in Nashua, offers a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, as well as a master's degree program. At 16 miles, the university is the furthest away from downtown Manchester.
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Comparison of Schools
Prospective early childhood educators can use this table to weigh the undergraduate tuition and percentage of students receiving financial aid at the three schools highlighted above. Note the low student enrollment at all three schools, as well as the liberal acceptance rates or open admissions policies.
|Granite State College||Manchester Community College||Rivier University|
|School Type||Four-year; public||Two-year; public||Four-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||2,019*||2,766*||2,431*|
|Campus Setting||Distant/Fringe town||Midsize city||Small city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$7,593 in-state; $8,505 out-of-state*||$7,232 in-state; $15,808 out-of-state*||$31,090*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||90%*||71%*||100%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||68%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||43% for full-time students; 18% for part-time students*||62% for full-time students; 47% for part-time students*||73% for full-time students; 100% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||14% (for students who began Fall 2011)*||29% (for students who began Fall 2014)*||54% (for students who began Fall 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Granite State College
Granite State College offers two degrees and a post-baccalaureate certificate in early childhood education. All programs are offered online and on-campus, and all require working with children in school settings.
AS in Early Childhood Education
The AS program in early childhood education calls for eight terms, or two years, of study and is designed to transfer to a four-year bachelor's degree program. Students examine education theory, teaching methods and ethical issues in education. The program's assessment course is a supervised field experience that allows students to interact with and evaluate children through age eight. Associate's degree students also complete general education courses in math, English, science and the arts.
BS in Early Childhood Education with Teacher Certification
This program prepares graduates for state certification in early childhood education and early childhood special education. The program calls for 120 credit hours. Education courses cover language development, math and science for young children, special needs children and needs assessment skills. The final course in the program involves student teaching and a seminar.
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
Individuals with bachelor's degrees in a field other than education or certified teachers who want early childhood and early childhood special education certification can enroll in the post-baccalaureate certification program. Students seeking initial certification must complete coursework and work with children in real classrooms while studying teaching methods and theory. Teachers seeking to add the early childhood and/or special education certification to their current teaching credential can do so with just a few courses.
Manchester Community College
Manchester Community College offers certificate and degree programs that help graduates meet the state requirements to work in child care centers. With the associate's degree in early childhood education, graduates can transfer to a four-year program or enter the workforce. Credits from certificate programs will transfer to associate's degree programs.
Early Education Lead Teacher Certificate
Graduates of this 21-credit program meet state regulations for lead teaching positions in child care centers. Students take six courses covering child health, development and needs. There is a practicum that covers learning environments. Students can choose an elective from courses in literacy or math and science.
Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher Certificate
This program also consists of 21 credits of study. Courses include child development, foundations of early childhood education, individual and special needs, child safety and curriculum development. Students also complete a practicum in an infant/toddler care facility.
Early Childhood Education Special Education Certificate
This certificate program is for individuals interested in becoming paraprofessionals in both special needs and inclusionary classrooms. Students are trained to work with children from birth through third grade. The 24 required credits include courses in curriculum development, psychology, behavioral issues and child development. There is also a preschool practicum in a real classroom.
AAS in Early Childhood Education
This degree program consists of 62-63 credit hours of study. Required education classes cover community and family relations, child growth, creative activities, childcare management, child safety and nutrition. There is a practicum that involves working in an infant/toddler care or preschool learning environment.
Advanced Early Childhood Certificate
At least 60 credit hours from an accredited college in any field or an associate's or bachelor's degree is required to enter this program. The 24-credit program includes courses in curriculum, child development and child safety, as well as a practicum in a preschool.
Rivier University offers training in early childhood education resulting in a bachelor's or master's degree. Some programs also lead to certification eligibility for special education students through 12th grade.
BA in Early Childhood Education
This degree program prepares students to teach pre-kindergarten through grade three. The 120 required credits include general education courses, as well as 12 credits in early childhood education courses, such as curriculum development and issues and influences in education. Students must complete 36 credits of education courses and 15-20 credits in a discipline such as English, mathematics, science or social studies.
MEd Early Childhood: Administration or Teaching
Students can prepare for either an administrative role or teaching position in early childhood education depending on the option they choose. Required courses include human development, positive psychology and curriculum and assessment methods. In the teaching option, students take courses in basic human interaction and social and cultural foundations as well as an internship/seminar. Administrative students complete a capstone project as well as an internship/seminar.
Other School Options
Located about 16 miles from downtown Manchester, Nashua Community College has an AS in Early Childhood Education program designed to transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Day care center workers who need to meet state requirements can earn an Early Childhood Education Certificate or an AS in Early Childhood Education at New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) in Concord, which is 15 miles away. NHTI also offers an AS in Early Care and Education for Young Children with Disabilities.