Frequently Asked Questions

A student may complete the Associate degree programs in as short a time as four or five semesters or as long a time as it takes doing one course a semester. Many of our students go part time and take their time doing the work well.

Courses for all our programs are offered both day and evening and a few offered on weekends, particularly the General Education requirements.

Courses are offered at varying times of the day and evening with some offered on the weekends. You can do some of the General Education requirements on line, and a few of the Departmental courses on line or in a hybrid format, but most are done as classroom courses to assure the classroom discussion is rich for learning and sharing with classmates.

A student may start the program at any time of the year.

The Early Childhood Program follows the accreditation guidelines for two-year colleges from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 

A student must apply for admission to the college and state his/her chosen major. A CORI check is also required before practicum or community service placements are allowed.

Jobs are outlined in the catalog under the Job Outlook section.

Salaries in all the helping professions in the United States are low compared to other professional jobs. But, this is changing in both Human Services and Early Childhood as society begins to value the work done in these fields more. Salaries in education are usually higher, but still lower than many professional fields.

There a many jobs available in all three of these fields.

BHCC’s Career Center has job postings to help students secure jobs. Students are often hired by their placement sites to continue with full and part time work after graduation.

All three of these areas transfer to four-year colleges.

There are formal articulations with a number of colleges in the area.

Several other colleges have informal agreements accepting coursework freely in transfer to their institutions.

The A.A. in Education meets the MassTransfer requirements for transfer to any state college in Massachusetts.  For information about specific schools and transfer, see the Department Chair for help and information.

This depends upon the program into which you are transferring and the college’s admissions transfer policies. Check the college specifically to determine which courses you should take to assure transfer.

Students in Early Childhood and Human Service must take an extensive practicum. A guide to the practicum is posted on the web site for your review. 
Practicum (and pre-practicum) is taken at the END of your course of study, just before you are ready to graduate. 

  • In the Early Childhood Development Program, you enter the practicum in the fall and complete a fall and spring practicum when you are ready to graduate in the spring following completion of the practicum courses.
  • In the Human Services Program, you must complete HSV 216, a pre-practicum, in the spring semester prior to entering the practicum in the fall. HSV 216 is done during the spring semester so you can enter the practicum coursework for fall and spring when you are ready to graduate in the spring at completion of the practicum courses. 

Check the practicum guide posted here or consult the catalog for more information. Permission to enter the practicum is required from the Department Chair one semester prior to enrollment.

Not exactly. The Department has relationships with many agencies and centers in the Metro Boston area where students do their practicum activities. You will work with the Coordinator of your particular program to work out where you will do your work. See more about this in the guide to the practicum and on the web site that outlines practicum particulars.

Coursework is divided into four areas. First, you will take any developmental courses that are required to assure you will be successful in college level work. These may be in Reading, Writing, or Math. You must complete these courses before moving to college level work.  Next, you will take General Education courses required of all students at the College. Areas of English, History, Behavioral Science, Science, Math, and Humanities as well as content level courses related to your area of study and required by all majors. Finally, you will complete your study plan by taking other professional studies courses related to your major. Some programs have career  electives that allow you to choose two or more courses to take that will further your learning and education.

  • In Early Childhood Development, students must take three career electives. These may be a Learning Community Seminar of the student’s choice (if required), ECE 207, ECE 108, ECE 209, or ECE 210 or one of the many one-credit courses available through the Early Childhood Development Institute. 
  • In Education, students must take two career electives. These may be a Learning Community Seminar of the student’s choice (if required), ECE 207, ECE 108, ECE 209, or ECE 210 or one of the many one-credit courses available through the Early Childhood Development Institute  or ECE 212.
  • In Human Services, students must take two career electives. These may be a Learning Community Seminar of the student’s choice (if required),  HSV 215, HSV 219, PSY 233, AHE 104, or PSY 227.

The Department of Early Childhood, Education and Human Services at Bunker Hill Community College has created the Early Childhood Development Institute to offer  one-credit and  non-credit modules for  professional training for staff currently employed in early care and education programs.  These non-credit courses will advance their knowledge and skill development beyond the traditional beginning courses to cover more advanced areas of training. These advanced areas will allow staff to expand their knowledge to deeper levels of understanding helping to push programs in early childhood and their staff to a higher quality of care for children and families in the Greater Boston area.  For more information about the Institute go to www.bhcc.mass.edu/eci