Aug 15, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Education - Elementary Education Option, Grades 1-6, Liberal Studies, A.S.

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April Graziano, 413.552.2016,


This program is designed for students interested in teaching elementary school, Grades 1 through 6. These students will transfer to many state and private institutions after receiving their Associate’s Degree. 

Students who want to teach special education (PreK-8) can use this degree for transfer as well as students who want to work as paraprofessionals in elementary (1-6) classrooms.

Graduates of HCC Elementary and Secondary Education programs are expected to demonstrate developing skills toward all required teacher competencies.  Students will demonstrate a foundational level of practice for the Professional Standards for Teachers from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


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

  • promote the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and demonstrate cultural proficiency
  • provide high quality and coherent instruction
  • design and administer authentic and meaningful student assessments
  • analyze student performance and growth data and use this data to improve instruction
  • provide students with constructive feedback on an ongoing basis
  • promote the learning and growth of all students by developing effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations
  • promote the learning and growth of all students through the use of ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practices
  • continuously refine learning objectives



1Check with your transfer institution for minimum GPA requirements.

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

3HIS 111  is recommended.

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

5For students transferring to Westfield State, ENV 120  is recommended.

6Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) can be earned for EDU 175 .  Contact Student Records for more information.

7For students transferring to Elms, PHI 110  is recommended.

Students should work closely with their advisor and transfer institution to determine the most appropriate choices listed within the program requirements and electives.

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 all EDU courses will be subject to a CORI/SORI check 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 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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