This program is designed for students interested in teaching elementary school, Grades 1 through 6. These students will transfer to Westfield State University or to other state or private colleges after receiving their Associate Degree. Graduates of HCC Education programs are expected to demonstrate developing skills toward all required teacher competencies.
Westfield State University
A.S.in Liberal Studies
Contact: April Graziano, 413-552-2016, firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on expository writing, critical thinking, and research, with emphases on the following: critical reading and interpretation of nonfiction texts; engaging with and analyzing texts; using summary, paraphrase, and quotation; finding, evaluating and documenting sources; and writing with purpose. Students will produce approximately 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented research paper of at least 1250 words. 4 class hours Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or better in ENG 095 or C- or better in ENG 097 and ENG 098, or C- or better in ENG 096 or ENG 099.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on comprehending literary works, thinking critically, and writing analytically. The emphasis is on writing critically about fiction, poetry, and drama. Frequent short essays are assigned, amounting to a total of approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C- or better
Introduction to the study and principles of behavior. Topics include general principles of scientific investigation; physiological bases of behavior including sensation, perception, learning, emotion, and motivation; development; individual differences; attitudes; and group dynamics. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101.
An introduction to the basic principles and processes of macroeconomics, including theories of the determinants of output, unemployment and inflation: the composition and role of fiscal and monetary policy, and international trade and finance. Theories are used to develop and understanding and analysis of current economic issues and policies. Prerequisite: ECN 100 with a grade of C- or better or eligible for MTH 095
An introduction to life's basic processes including the chemistry of life, the structure and function of the cell, how cells use energy and matter, how cells reproduce, and how genetic inheritance occurs. Examples of how these processes affect each and everyone of us on a daily basis will be explored. This course will also explore the methods of science through in class assignments and laboratory work so that students will better understand the processes of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data in various formats. Laboratories supplement lecture by allowing students to explore topics in a hands-on fashion. Prerequisite: ENG 101 eligible
Laboratory Science [D] ElectivesAST 110, AST 116, AST 140, BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 103, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108 (formerly 104), BIO 109, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 112, BIO 115, BIO 116, BIO 117, BIO 118, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 111, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 230, ENV 253, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, HRT 212, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, PSC 140, PSY 142, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 112, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 103, SUS 104, SUS 105
This course is designed for Elementary Education and Early Childhood majors. This is an introductory course on number systems. Topics include the development and properties of various number systems as well as operations and different representations within these number systems. Systems explored will include integers, rational numbers, real and complex numbers along with bases other than 10. Verbal explanations and multiple representations will be stressed.Prerequisite: MTH 095 or MTH 099 with a grade of D- or better or SM18, or equivalent score on the Mathematics Placement Examination
An introduction to the field of education designed to stimulate intelligent, critical, and reflective analysis of the nature and value of teaching and learning. Historical, philosophical, social and political issues as well as current standards and trends in education are reviewed. National and global issues as they impact education will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the discovery of personal values, attitudes and attributes that contribute to the development of professional behavior and disposition. Teacher requirements as well as related career paths are explored. FS: 10-hour field study required.
Examines physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth and development of children from conception to twelve years of age. Provides insight into theories and practices which influence the behavior of children in their environments. Students conduct child observations in a preschool/kindergarten classroom setting.Prerequisite: ENG 101 eligibilityFE: 3 hours of field experience is required.
This course provides a survey of the unique needs of children with disabilities and “at-risk” students within the educational context. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the origin and characteristics of specific disabilities, and development of collaborative intervention strategies that meet the needs of all children. A 20-hour service learning unit in an inclusive educational setting is required.Prerequisite: EDU 104 with a grade of C or better and ENG 101 eligibility
Emphasizes how children learn within a developmentally appropriate setting. Students will use a thematic approach in designing an antibias curriculum in alignment with the Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences. Content areas to be explored include Language and Literacy, Science, Math, Blocks, Creative Arts, and Dramatic Play in an inclusive classroom setting. These concepts will be applied in a laboratory based experience that will include written lesson plans, student-made materials and participatory workshops.Prerequisite: EDU 104 with a grade of C or better and ENG 101
Provides students with the knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical issues of technology being applied by children, preschool through grade 6. Appropriate software will be examined, educational practices of the internet explored, and direct contact with existing educational programs will be experienced. Prerequisites: EDU 104 with a grade of C or better (sophomore status recommended) and ENG 101 eligibility
Major geographic concepts and contemporary world regional geography. Examines the field of geography, basic globe and map concepts, the physical world (oceans and continents), and the political world (states and other political units). Includes an in-depth inspection of each of the world's developed and developing realms.
A survey of the history of the civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from their beginnings to the sixteenth century. Emphasis is placed on the economic, social, political, religious, and cultural developments that have shaped the modern world.
A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the United States from pre-Colonial times to the end of the Civil War, including early settlement, the Revolution, the implementation of the Constitution, the War of 1812, the Jacksonian era, and the causes and course of the Civil War.
Introduction to the elements and principles of basic design, including concepts such as representation and composition, and the characteristics of various two-dimensional media.Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week
A chronological, historical analysis of major works of art from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on technical, aesthetic, and historical relevance. Prerequisite: ENG 101, previously or concurrently.
This introductory course is designed to enhance the enjoyment and understanding of a theatrical experience. Students will explore the nature of theater as a unique artistic form of expression and recognize the creative power of theater in a society. The class will examine a variety of historical and cultural perspectives through reading and discussing different plays from various time periods, and gain insight into the role of the playwright, the actor, the director, the designer, and the audience while investigating the major elements of dramatic performance. Students will study fundamental principles and theories of drama from: Greek, Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary theater and develop criteria for critically evaluating and responding to a theatrical experience. The course content will include: play-reading and analysis, active exploration of course material, lecture and discussion. Students in this course will be required to attend a live theatrical performance.
Open to all students who want to learn to read music and learn introductory music theory. Covers reading and writing pitches and rhythmic patterns, major and minor scales and key signatures, intervals, and chords. Also provides a basic introduction to the keyboard. No previous experience is necessary.
An introductory appreciation course, open to all students. Explores the nature and meaning of artistic creativity and aesthetic judgment in the music of Western European tradition.
An introductory appreciation course, open to all students. Explores music outside the Western European tradition, including music of Polynesia, Native North America, Latin America, Africa and Black America, Eastern Europe, the Mideast, Indonesia, India, and Japan. Specific topics chosen from these areas will be studied.
Open to all students. Traces the history of jazz from its African roots to the present, covering its development through specific historical eras, including the African retentions in American jazz, work songs, spirituals, blues, early syncopated music, ragtime, the music of New Orleans, swing, big band, small combos, bebop (modern jazz), avant garde, and contemporary.
Students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all EDU prefix courses in order to graduate from these options.
Child Development and Behavior EDU 104 - FE: 3 hours of field experience are required.
College Composition I & II: Overall minimum GPA 2.7 for both ENG course requirements for WSU
Laboratory Science: Select one laboratory Science from the following: AST 110, CHM 101, CHM 113, CHM 121, ESC 110, ESC 120, ENV 120, ENV137, PSC 140, PHS 101; Recommended: ESC 110, 120 or ENV 120.
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.
Program Electives - Select 9 credits from ONE of the following lists:
Depending on the course selection 50% of this program can be completed online.