Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College

Early Childhood Development with Child Development Associate Credential Certificate Program

Certificate Professional Studies - Early Childhood Education

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2019. Current students - log in to BHCC Self-Service to review the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, or contact LifeMap/Advising for more information. Prospective students - go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor.
Admission Requirements Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
Age

Must be 18 years of age

Diploma

High School diploma or GED

Hours

Must have completed specific number of hours in ECE - see note

Courses

Completed minimum of three ECE courses with C or better

Total Credits:
Semester 1 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
ECE-103 Child Growth and Development
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

ECE-103 must be completed in first semester with a C or better to move to other ECE courses in subsequent semesters.  All ECE courses after the first semester require ECE-103 to be completed with this grade requirement. 

Prerequisites: ESL-098 or RDG-095 and ENG-095 or placement

ECE-106 Program Environments
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisites: ESL-098 or RDG-095 and ENG-095 or placement

ENG-111 College Writing I
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisites: ENG-095 and ESL-098 or RDG-095 or placement

LCS-101 Learning Community Seminar
Elective Career Elective
3

Recommended LCS: LCS-101J Parents as First Teachers

See career elective  options in semester note

Total Credits:
Semester 2 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
ECE-101 Guidance and Discipline in ECE
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisite: ECE-103

ECE-104 Curriculum in ECE
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisite: ECE-103

ECE-217 Observing and Recording Behavior
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisite: ECE-103

Total Credits:
Semester 3 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
ECE-223 CDA Professional Portfolio
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Early Childhood Development Certificate with Child Development Associate Credential and ECE-101, ECE-103, ECE-104, ECE-106 and ENG-111 plus a Learning Community Seminar or career elective.

ECE-224 CDA Mentoring and Coaching Practicum
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisites: ECE-223 with a grade of B or better or concurrently with Department Chair permission

Total Credits:
Last Modified Date: April 22, 2019

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 to analyze and synthesize information about those children so as to improve their 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.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program are academically qualified in the State of Massachusetts through the Department of Early Education and Care to be either teacher or lead teacher qualified once work experience is completed as required by the state. For more information contact the Department Chair.

General Advising Notes for this Program

  • All developmental courses:  RDG-90, RDG 095 or ESL-098, ENG-090 and ENG-095 must be taken and completed with a grade of C or higher before beginning the first semester towards a two semester certificate plan. 
  • Students are encouraged to take fewer courses and go slower if they have life responsibilities with family, work and personal challenges; these part-time students and/or those taking 1, 2 or 3 per semester are encouraged to use a longer route to completion to assure quality work. 
  • ENG-111 is required at the beginning semester as the program requires much reading and writing and student must be fully prepared for intense writing assignments in ECE courses.
  • ECE-103 must be completed in first semester with a C or better to move to other ECE courses in subsequent semesters.  All ECE courses after the first semester require ECE-103 to be completed with this grade requirement. 
  • ECE-103 and ECE-106 are courses required to be certified by Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC).
  • No other developmental Psychology courses may be substituted for ECE-103.  Only ECE-103 is allowed for this degree plan and will not be counted toward qualifications for certification by Massachusetts DEEC. 
  • The LCS must be taken in first semester and is only allowed for those students with no prior college experience; if the student is transferring or has prior college experience, the student may substitute a previous college course for the LCS through the college course waiver process (see Department Chair or ECE Coordinator for assistance). Recommended LCS for ECE students:  LCS-101J Parents as First Teachers.