Oct 23, 2021  
College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022

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

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Sheila Gould, 413.552.2501, sgould@hcc.edu


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



1Check with your transfer institution for minimum GPA requirements.

2ENG 224  is recommended.

3Select from the following: ENG 208 , ENG 226 , ENG 235 , ENG 250 , HIS 107 , HIS 109 , LAX 110 , MUS 106 , MUS 140  

4Select from the following prefixes: AST, CHM, ESC, PHS

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 these programs and options.

****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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