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

Early Education and Care Option, Early Childhood Education, A.S.

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Sheila Gould, 413.552.2501, sgould@hcc.edu


Graduates of this program more than satisfy the course and experience requirements for “teacher” status in programs licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and 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


sufficient to complete the 60 credit graduation requirement

  • General Elective Credit(s): 1-31
  • General Elective Credit(s): 1-31



1General Electives: ANT 114 , ASL 101 , ASL 102 , COM 150 , HFN 103 , MGT 235 , NTR 101 , SOC 130 , or any EDU course are recommended. However, any course listed in the college catalog is acceptable.

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


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