Prepare for a career working with young children in the human services field. The B.S. in Applied Studies Option in Human Services and Early Childhood Development has five possible career tracks.

Career Track Options

Select an option to view the full course requirements:

Students intending to earn the NHDHHS credential as a NH Early Childhood Administrator Level 3 are required to take a minimum of nine (9) post-secondary credits in administration/leadership coursework and twenty-four (24) credits in Early Childhood Education-related coursework.

This degree requires an associate degree from a regionally accredited college in a discipline aligning with Early Childhood Education. Professional licensure, certifications or training may serve as a foundation to this degree, upon approval by Academic Affairs.

Degree Program Details

An overview of what we offer, what you’ll learn, and how to get started.

  • Human Services and the Helping Process
  • Young Children and Exceptionalities
  • Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services
  • Research Methods
  • Child Development
  • Dynamics of Family Relationships
With our Transfer Pathway, we’ll transfer in your entire associate degree, giving you an important jumpstart towards your bachelor’s degree. To meet the eligibility requirements, you must earn a C or better in each of your courses and an associate degree in a related field from a regionally accredited college or university.

Step #1 – Earn Your Associate Degree
Your must have a conferred associate degree in one of the following area as a foundation for this Transfer Pathway:

  • Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Education

In addition, your associate degree should contain the following courses:

  • Human Development
  • Introduction to Human Services

Step #2 – Apply to Granite State College!
Contact us to set up an appointment or begin your application now. During this process, an advisor will review your transcripts to ensure your eligibility for the Transfer Pathway, or recommend a more helpful option for you.

Step #3 – Complete Your Degree Requirements
Review the courses you’ll take as a student by opening the Course Highlights tab above.


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Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, offering the opportunity to begin studies at Granite State College at any term during the year. Admission is granted to students who earned a high school diploma, completed a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency. Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC.

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Career Outlook

The Career Outlook will vary based on the specialty track option you choose. Below, you’ll find various job titles that fit each track:

Administration & Leadership Track

  • Child Care Center Director (private or public)
  • Lead EC Teacher (private or public)

Advocacy Track

  • Child Development Worker at a domestic violence shelter such as A Safe Place.
  • Volunteer Coordinator at a child advocacy center such as CASA.
  • Family Coordinator at a Visitation Center.
  • Advocate in diversion/delinquencies programs for Children in Need of Services (CHINS) and others

Allied Health Services Track

  • Family Worker at a Community Mental Health Center such as River Bend.
  • Family Worker at a Community Health Clinic such as Child Health Services

Child Services Track

  • Assessment worker or Family Service Worker for The NH Division for Children, Youth and Families.
  • Family worker or Home Visitor (direct work) for Private/Non-profit agencies such as Child and Family Services or Lutheran Social Services.
  • Family worker for Developmental Area Agency such as Easter Seals or Community Bridges.

Education Services Track

  • Family Worker or Home Visitor with Head Start or a Head Start Teacher.