The Early Childhood certification will prepare individuals to teach children in public schools beginning at the nursery school level to Grade 3, and Early Childhood Special Education certification will prepare individuals to work with infants, toddlers, and children who are at risk of being identified as needing special education services or who are already identified as needing special education services.

This is a field-based program for qualified participants working or volunteering in approved New Hampshire programs or education settings. The key components of this program include mentorship of the teacher candidates with highly skilled professionals in the field, the hands-on experience of working with children in educational settings, and the opportunity to build your teaching capacity over time.

Certification Options

Select an option to view the full course requirements:

Degree Program Details

An overview of what we offer, what you’ll learn, and how to get started.

  • Introduction to Field Experience and Program Requirements
  • Young Children with Exceptionalities
  • The Dynamic Role of the Special Educator
  • Special Education Law
  • Assessment of Children in Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Behavioral Interventions in EC/ECSPED

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Students will

  • Develop knowledge and skills in promoting child development with an understanding and application of developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Develop a working understanding of current brain research and its implications for learning and teaching.
  • Develop the skills to access and utilize technology as a tool to empower learning and teaching.
  • Develop an understanding of the use of formative and summative assessment for program design, monitoring student progress and evaluating teaching effectiveness.
  • Work with colleagues to observe, analyze and provide feedback on student progress and teaching effectiveness.
  • Utilize research methods, pedagogies and assessment strategies to teach for understanding and learning achievement, specific to content area.
  • Regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  • Available fully online with select on campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report for our online bachelor’s degrees.
  • 84% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career counseling is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts that share their real-world expertise to help you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, offering the opportunity to begin studies at Granite State College at any term during the year. Admission is granted to students who earned a high school diploma, completed a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency. Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC.

Additional Requirements

Our Transfer Pathway option is open to applicants who hold an associate degree from a regionally accredited college in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, or Early Childhood Special Education. Consult the Full Program Requirements for complete details.

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Online disclaimer: Students who reside outside New Hampshire and plan to enroll in Granite State College certification programs are responsible for verifying that the program meets requirements for licensure for educator certification in their state. Some states may have additional requirements and different certification areas. Visit Online Programs by State for details.

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Career Outlook

Because of critical shortages in Education, employment is thriving. There are many choices for specialization in this field and with a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification, you will find a variety of job prospects in the future. If you love working with children, this is a rewarding career.

Individuals who complete this dual certification program will be eligible for the New Hampshire Department of Education teacher certification in Early Childhood (N-3) and Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Age 8). Additionally, completion of this degree qualifies individuals for the New Hampshire Child Development Bureau, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Credential.