Jul 12, 2024  
Catalog 2024-2025 
Catalog 2024-2025

Early Childhood Education, Grades PreK-2, Early Childhood Education, A.S.

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Charlene Cross, 413-552-2868, ccross@hcc.edu


This program is designed for students interested in beginning the pursuit of a license in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K through Grade 2) in the Massachusetts Public School System through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Students in this program will be on a track to transfer to a four year institution to continue toward eligibility for public school licensure. Graduates of this program are also eligible to apply for teacher credentialing through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC).


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

  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of child development 
  • identify children who demonstrate behaviors or skill acquisition variations that may require intervention
  • apply appropriate and effective behavior management strategies in an early childhood setting
  • develop age-appropriate, inclusive, scaffolded, and culturally responsive lesson plans and materials
  • apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning to curricular and environmental decisions
  • demonstrate competent and professional oral and written communication skills
  • apply interpersonal and job performance skills that reflect the professionalism in the education field
  • apply critical thinking and problem solving skills 



1Check with your transfer institution for minimum GPA requirements.

2Select from the following: ENG 208 , ENG 224 ENG 226 , ENG 235 , ENG 250 , HIS 107 , HIS 109 , LAX 110 , MUS 106 , MUS 140  

3Select from the following prefixes: AST, CHM, ESC, PHS

4Credit for Prior Learning can be earned for EDU 175 .  Contact Student Records for more information.

5 Upon registration, students taking EDU 213  must meet with the HCC Practicum Supervisor to discuss practicum placement. 

Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all EDU prefix courses in order to graduate from this program.

****Criminal Offense Record Act (CORI), and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI)****

Students enrolled in EDU courses may be subject to CORI/SORI background checks and review pursuant to the Criminal Record Information Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 18a, Section 1, et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statutes. Applicants with a court record/past conviction may be unable to participate in student teaching. If a student is ineligible to do student teaching due to a criminal record, the student will not be able to graduate from the Education Program. The College policy can be found in the Student Handbook.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer will also grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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