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 Welcome to the Early Childhood Education Department

Program Mission Statement

The Early Childhood Department engages students in the study of theory and practice with the purpose of preparing them to begin or enhance their career in the field of ECE. The Department does this by providing rigorous, research-based instruction, relevant field work and assignments with a focus on collaboration, equity and community. Students learn how to support and enrich the lives of children and families through high quality early childhood education and care.

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, social service organizations, and day camps. Students also may transfer to four-year colleges or universities in elementary education, human services work with families and children, or special needs childcare. Graduates of this program qualify as teachers and/or lead teachers in the state of Massachusetts. For more information on minimal requirements for employment, contact the department chairperson.

Upon Completion of this Program, Graduates will be able to:

  1. 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.
  2. Design and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences using methods and materials which promote growth and development.
  3. Work with parents, families, and community leaders to support growth and development of children by engaging each child in meaningful experiences.
  4. 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.
  5. Analyze, evaluate and strengthen their work with children by reflecting upon effective practices and collaborating with other professionals in the field.

Documentation Studio

The Documentation Studio is now at BHCC! The Documentation Studio at BU Wheelock was founded in 2008 by Wheelock faculty member Stephanie Cox Suarez who, along with several colleagues, participated in the Making Learning Visible project and were inspired by this introduction to Reggio Emilia and their use of documentation. The Documentation Studio was created as a space for educators to learn about, develop, and exhibit documentation from a variety of learning contexts. Currently, the Documentation Studio is a resource for interested BHCC faculty, faculty from other institutions of higher education, and educators preK through high school to gather in an effort to continually improve the quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms. The common thread is that all of these educators are interested in using documentation to support learning—their own as well as their students—and as a vehicle for collaboration and sharing knowledge.

There will be regular Open Studios happening virtually and in person. Open Studios are a place for educators to share documentation of learning in order to get feedback and share ideas with others. Two teachers from different settings come prepared to share their work, bring questions they want to pose to the group, and participate in a discussion guided by a protocol to keeps us focused on the student and teacher work. Educators find it helpful to hear and see another teacher’s documentation and to consider together next steps to deepen and extend learning.

We hope to have in-person gatherings in the Doc Studio again in the future but in the meantime, you can access documentation virtually as well. 

Visit the The Documentation Studio is now at BHCC! The Documentation Studio at BU Wheelock was founded in 2008 by Wheelock faculty member Stephanie Cox Suarez who, along with several colleagues, participated in the Making Learning Visible project and were inspired by this introduction to Reggio Emilia and their use of documentation. The Documentation Studio was created as a space for educators to learn about, develop, and exhibit documentation from a variety of learning contexts. Currently, the Documentation Studio is a resource for interested BHCC faculty, faculty from other institutions of higher education, and educators preK through high school to gather in an effort to continually improve the quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms. The common thread is that all of these educators are interested in using documentation to support learning—their own as well as their students—and as a vehicle for collaboration and sharing knowledge. There will be regular Open Studios happening virtually and in person. Open Studios are a place for educators to share documentation of learning in order to get feedback and share ideas with others. Two teachers from different settings come prepared to share their work, bring questions they want to pose to the group, and participate in a discussion guided by a protocol to keeps us focused on the student and teacher work. Educators find it helpful to hear and see another teacher’s documentation and to consider together next steps to deepen and extend learning. We hope to have in-person gatherings in the Doc Studio again in the future but in the meantime, you can access documentation virtually as well.

Visit the doc studio digital archives here Doc Studio Digital Archives