Program Requirements

Placement Testing
English and Math Placement Test Scores are required prior to registering for your first course.

Program Course Pre/Co-Requisite

EARL 106 Early Childhood Development and Learning before and/or a Child Development Associate or SACC Specialized Diploma are pre/co requisites for all EARL courses.

Health and Safety

All students enrolling in the ECE Associate Degree or Certificate are required to document that health and safety requirements for their state are met prior to beginning classes toward the associate degree or certificate. Listed below are the health and safety requirements that must be met by NCC students.

Health Requirements - Campus Students

NCC Health Form

Available from Admissions, ECE Department, and the NCC Health and Wellness Center.

Return completed form to:

NCC Health and Wellness Center
Northampton Community College
College Center, Room 120
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA


  • Child Abuse History Clearance - details available at
  • Criminal Record Check - details available at
  • Federal Criminal History Background Checks - details available at Click on Department of Education
  • Two letters of character reference - Letters may be from teachers, family, friends, etc. May not be from family member.

Send Original Clearances and References to:

Center for Early Childhood Education
Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA
Att: Erin Maciborski

* If employed in a educational setting, copies of health form, clearances, and references may be submitted to Erin Maciborski at the above address.

Health Requirements - Online and Worksite Students

Students verify that all health and safety requirements for their state or county are met by submitting a signed Understanding of Participation form.

The signatures ensure that you have met all health and safety requirements of your state. It also documents that you have a cooperating teacher and an acceptable classroom environment and support for completing your ECE lab class work.

Educational Materials

In addition to textbooks and regular materials, you will need access to:

  • Computer
  • Digital Camera
  • Digital Video
  • QuickTime Pro

Campus Lab students will need a LAB apron