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
20 credit hours
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
PSY 1510: General Psychology3
SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology3
Core Requirements
31 credit hours
HUS 1210: Introduction to Human Services3
HUS 2220: Field Placement II5
HUS 1280: Introduction to Family Systems3
HUS 1410: Generalist Practice Skills3
HUS 2230: Interviewing and Counseling3
HUS 2210: Field Placement I-Social Work or EDU 2210: Field Placement I - Education4-5

Students taking HUS 2210 choose 9 credit hours and students taking EDU 2210 choose 10 credit hours of human services or education electives.

Electives 9 credit hours
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.
  • 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.
  • PSY 1510 is a prerequisite for many HUS courses.
  • HUS Electives include all HUS courses not otherwise designated as a program core requirement.  EDU 1250, EDU 1260, EDU 1290, EDU 1300, EDU 2150, EDU 2440 & EDU 2450, EDU 2510,SOC 2580, PSY 1550, PSY 2510, PSY 2520, and PSY 2540 can be used to fulfill HUS elective requirements.
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 ▸