Aug 11, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Transfer Option, Early Childhood Education, A.S.

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Sheila Gould, 413.552.2501,


This program is designed for students interested in transferring to a four year school for a degree in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K through Grade 2). In addition to transfer, graduates of this program are eligible to apply for teacher certification through the Massachusetts Department of Early Educationand Care (DEEC).


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

  • demonstrate knowledge of child development
  • provide a nurturing environment for young children and families
  • assess typical child development through formal observations, informal developmental checklists, and discussions with parents
  • provide a safe and healthy early childhood setting that exceeds current EEC standards
  • identify children who demonstrate behaviors or skill acquisition difficulties that may require intervention
  • apply appropriate and effective behavior management strategies in an early childhood setting
  • develop age-appropriate lesson plans and materials
  • demonstrate use of computer application programs both professionally and with young children in an educational setting
  • demonstrate competent and professional oral and written communication skills
  • apply interpersonal and job performance skills that reflect the professionalism demanded by early child care centers
  • apply critical thinking and problem solving skills




1If planning a transfer to Westfield State University, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required for ENG 101 -ENG 102 .

2Select one from the following: AST 110 , BIO 108 , BIO 110 , BIO 120 , BIO 230 , ESC 110 , ESC 120 , ENV 120 . Students considering a transfer to Westfield State University should consider ESC 110 , ESC 120  or ENV 120 .

Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all EDU prefix courses in order to graduate from these programs and options.

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

Students enrolled in EDU 101 , EDU 104 , EDU 208 , and EDU 213  will be subject to a CORI/SORI check and review pursuant to the Criminal Record Information Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section172-178, 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 universities. MassTransfer also will 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, 50% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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