Education - Early Childhood Career Option - M026



  • Overview

    This program is designed for those students interested in teaching in a community-based, group day care setting. 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).

    Graduates of HCC Education programs are expected to demonstrate developing skills toward all required teacher competencies. The Education Department Student Learning Outcomes are (A) knowledge of child development; (B) provision of a nurturing environment for young children and families; (C) assessment of typical child development through formal observations, informal developmental checklists, and discussions with parents; (D) provision of a safe and healthy early childhood setting that exceeds current EEC standards; (E) identification of children who demonstrate behaviors or skill acquisition difficulties that may require intervention; (F) application of appropriate and effective behavior management strategies in an early childhood setting; (G) development of age appropriate lesson plans and materials; (H) demonstrated use of computer application programs both professionally and with young children in an educational setting; (I) competent and professional oral and written communication; (J) interpersonal and job performance skills that reflect the professionalism demanded by early child care centers; and (K) critical thinking and problem solving skills.


    • Degree

Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040