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Early Childhood Development Program

Associate in Science -  Early Childhood Education Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society PSY101 satisfies Area 2 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities LIT217 satisfies Area 6 3 Pre/co-req ENG111
Child Growth/Development ECE103 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Program Environments ECE106 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Issues in Early Childhood Education ECE202 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Guidance/Discipline ECE101 3 ECE103
Curriculum in Early Childhood Education ECE104 3 ECE103
Observation/Recording Behavior ECE217 3 ECE103
Families/Community in Early Childhood Education ECE212 3 ECE103 plus additional 3 courses in ECE or EDU
Practicum in Early Childhood Education I ECE220 Fall 3 Chair approval
Young Children with Special Needs ECE211 3 ECE103 plus additional 3 courses in ECE or EDU
Practicum in Early Childhood Education II ECE221 Spring 3 Chair approval
Learning community or Elective see note** 3
Career Elective see note* 3
Career Elective see note* 3
Total Credits 61
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Professional Studies

Department: Early Childhood Education

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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* Note: Career electives:ECE108, ECE151 through ECE168, ECE207, ECE209, ECE210, ECE223, EDU102 or INT123
**Note: New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.

Students with credentials from the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition as a Child Development Associate (CDA) may apply for 6 credits in the associate degree program through the Prior Learning Assessment Program (PLAP). Students with credit for ECE223 and ECE224 may use these courses in place of ECE221 and a career elective.  See Department Chair for details.

Program Overview

Early Childhood, Education and Human Services Department’s mission statement and goals state two primary purposes:
1) To provide knowledge, training and skill development for persons interested in working in the area of social services with specific educational opportunities for those interested in early childhood development, human services, and education, and
2) To serve the community as an information and knowledge-base in the area of social service, with specific expertise in early childhood education and development, human services, and education.

The Early Childhood Development Program prepares students in the fields of growth of the child, influences of the family upon the child, and environmental pressures upon the family.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Early Childhood Development program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for employment in a variety of settings, including day care centers, preschools, head start programs, family home care and social service organizations. Students also may transfer to four-year colleges or universities in elementary education, human services work, or special needs childcare. Graduates of this program qualify as teachers and/or lead teachers in the state of Massachusetts.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Use knowledge of child development and relationships with children and families to understand children as individuals and plan for their unique development by organizing environments which facilitate development in all developmental areas.
  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences using methods and materials which promote growth and development.
  • Work with parents, families, and community leaders to support growth and development of children by engaging each child in meaningful experiences.
  • Observe children in their care and be able to analyze and synthesize information about children so as to improve their own work with children, families, and communities.
  • Analyze, evaluate and strengthen their work with children by reflecting upon effective practices and collaborating with other professionals in the field.