This degree program is designed for students seeking immediate employment after graduation in early care and education, such as Head Starts, preschools, and home or center based care.  Students may prepare for entry level positions in private or public agencies, working in individual and group settings, by completing two semesters of internship experience, and through elective course offerings.


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
18 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
English Electives (college level)3 H CWRT
Social Sciences Electives

PSY 1510 and SOC 1510 are recommended.

6 S (SR, VEDP)
Mathematics Electives (college level)3 N CMAT
Mathematics and Sciences Electives3 N (SR, VEDP)
Core Requirements
31 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
HUS 1210: Introduction to Human Services3
HUS 1280: Introduction to Family Systems3
HUS 1410: Generalist Practice Skills3
HUS 2210: Field Placement I-Social Work or EDU 2210: Field Placement I - Education4-5
HUS 2220: Field Placement II5
HUS 2230: Interviewing and Counseling3

Students taking HUS 1210 choose 9 credit hours, students taking EDU 2210 choose 10 credit hours of electives from any additional HUS course beyond the Core Requirements, or the following:

EDU 1250: Early Childhood Development1
EDU 1260: Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Development3
EDU 1290: Introduction to Early Childhood Education Care3
EDU 1300: Observation and Guidance of Young Children3
EDU 2150: Infant/Toddler Development and Education3
EDU 2440: Children's Literature3
EDU 2450: Exceptional Children3
EDU 2510: Philosophy and Techniques of Early Childhood Education3
PSY 1550: Stress and Coping3
PSY 2510: Life Span Development3
PSY 2520: Child Development3
PSY 2540: Interpersonal/Group Dynamics3
SOC 2580: Race and Ethnicity3
11 credit hours Degree Requirements Met

Up to 2 credits may need to be Liberal Arts and Sciences specific.

11 (X)
Important Points
  • The core requirements in this human services program include two field placements. Students currently employed in an approved human services agency may, under certain circumstances, use employment experiences to partially fulfill the field placement requirement. Permission of the instructor and the agency is required. Details must be worked out prior to registration for the course with their human services advisor.
  • Students must be willing to obtain and pay for any necessary physical or medical examinations or tests which are required by some internship agencies.
  • Enrollment in the human services program does not guarantee acceptance into field placements in the human services program. A criminal history or indication of child maltreatment may jeopardize the student’s acceptance into a field placement agency.
  • Students must complete an application for internship and approval of the application is required for all field placement courses in human services. Some internship agencies require FBI or Child Abuse Registry checks. These processes can be lengthy and may require up to four months in order for approval to be obtained prior to placement.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and assess an appropriate level of personal growth and self-awareness.
  2. Demonstrate competence in helping clients and/or providing early care and education to young children.
  3. Integrate theory and apply techniques in practice with client populations.
  4. Identify and explain the historical development of a public and private welfare policy/program.
  5. Recognize and show an understanding of respect for individuals with ethnic, cultural, gender and racial differences.
  6. Apply critical thinking skills by analyzing a case study as it applies to problem solving with clients and client systems.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge and utilization of the Codes of Ethics in Human Services.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Catherine IannelloAssistant Professor, Human Services237 HULT, Jamestown Campus716.338.1235Contact | Full Profile ▸