Courses & Programs

Early Childhood Career

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

Sheila Gould

Faculty, Education

Social Sciences

Donahue 260

413.552.2501 (Tel)


What will you learn?

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).

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

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.

60-61 total credits

23 credits General Education Requirements + 32 credits Program Requirements


General Education Requirements

23 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
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.
This course is designed to stimulate intelligent, critical, and reflective analysis about the nature and value of education in society. The course explores the historical, philosophical, social, and political issues, as well as current standards, requirements, and trends in early childhood through secondary education. Emphasis is placed on the role of schools in maintaining, perpetuating, and influencing culture, both nationally and internationally, and on discovery of personal values, attitudes, and attributes about the role of learners, teachers, schools, and educational systems in a democratic society. A ten-hour field study in and educational setting is required.
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, 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 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, 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 110, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
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 075 or MTH 079 with a grade of C- or better or SM06, or equivalent score on the Mathematics Placement Examination

Program Requirements

32 CREDITS
An introduction to early education and care for young children. Included are the history and philosophies that influence programs for young children today. Philosophies and programs studied include: Piaget, Erickson, Vygotsky, Gardner, Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Inclusion, and Center Based Child Care, Montessori, Reggio Emilia. A 20-hour field study, in an inclusive setting for young children, will be required. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
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. 3 hours of field experience is required as part of this course.Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
This course is designed as an introduction to strategies in guiding children's behavior in the classroom. The focus of the class will be on the prevention of behavior problems through appropriate teaching practices, classroom design, class expectations and social interactions.Prerequisite: EDU 104 with a grade of C or better and Eligibility for ENG 101
This course will provide students with an understanding of a healthy developmentally appropriate and inclusive environment for young children. An emphasis will be placed on current trends and definition of wellness including, nutrition, physical and emotional health, lifestyle, and the need for physical activity, for children and families. Students will become familiar with local, state, and federal programs and agencies which promote and support the wellness of today's diverse families. The Massachusetts Early Childhood Standards will be incorporated into the course content.Prerequisite: EDU 104 with a grade of C or better and eligibility for ENG 101
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 eligibility for ENG 101
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
An introduction to the early education and care principles and practices that support development and learning for children ages birth-36 months. Students will review and design curricula that incorporate a relationship-based approach and support developmentally appropriate experiences across all developmental domains. Course content and assignments will align with the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Students will review, assess, and create educational plans and materials for the social, emotional, language/communication, cognitive, fine motor, and gross motor areas of development.Prerequisites: EDU 104, EDU 101 each with a grade of C or better and eligibility for ENG 101
This course focuses on the basic principles and practices of effective assessment for classroom teachers. Students will examine formal and informal methods for assessment and documentation. During this course students will use evaluation and record-keeping tools, interpret results, and use assessment information to inform the teaching and learning process to support effective instruction. Strategies that are appropriate for various educational settings will be discussed, as well as the practical application and ethical use of assessment information.Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of 30 credits of work (sophomore standing) that includes EDU 100, 101, 104, 208, 210 All EDU courses with a grade of C or better and ENG 102.
Practicum: This course is a full semester internship consisting of a minimum of 150 classroom contact hours in which student teachers will experience team-teaching at an inclusive early childhood setting for children between the ages of 2.9 and 5.0 years. Student teachers will apply knowledge and skills developed in previous coursework to the practice of teaching. They are involved with developing and implementing curricula, assessing child development, utilizing classroom management strategies, and developing interpersonal relationships between staff, children, families and communities. 15 practicum hrs/wk Seminar: The seminar portion of this course provides an opportunity for self-evaluations, guided discussions, problem solving, and reflection as it pertains to the student teacher's practicum experience. 1.5 seminar hrs/wk Note: In order to do student teaching, students must be enrolled in either the M026, M027 Early Childhood Program and must meet the general admission requirements of the College. In addition, applicants must meet admission requirements specified by the department. However, admission to the education program does not insure a practicum placement. Prior to obtaining a practicum assignment, records of students will be subject to review pursuant to the Criminal Record Information Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections, 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 28A, Section 1, et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statutes. Students should register for EDU 213 during the priority-registration period in order to insure that the criminal records check (CORI) is received by the field placement site prior to the first day of the semester. Students who register late and/or whose CORI paperwork is not received may not be able to student teach. 1.5 lecture hours and 15 laboratory hours Prerequisites: Completion of 30 credits that includes EDU 100, 101, 104, 208, 210, ENG 101 & 102 passed with a C or higher, a GPA of 2.7, prerequisites or corequisites EDU 120 and EDU 218.Additional Course Fee: $15.00 Malpractice Insurance (The fee is subject to change.)

electives

5-6 credits

GENERAL ELECTIVES: Additional credits will be needed to complete 60 credit graduation requirement. Suggested courses: ANT 114, ASL 101, ASL 102, COM 150, HFN 103, MGT 235, NTR 101, SOC 235, or Any Language Course. However, any course listed in the college catalog is acceptable. When you have registered for or completed the necessary electives, these courses will appear in the General or Suggested Electives area below. 


Laboratory Science: Students who may be interested in the HCC Education Transfer Program should take BIO 101 and should consider ESC 110, 120, or ENV 120. 

Students must achieve a minimum grade of "C"in all EDU prefix courses in order to graduate from this program.

Child Development and Behavior EDU 104 - FE: 3 hours of field experience are required.

Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar EDU 213: Permission of Practicum Supervisor required.

Criminal Offense Record Act (CORI), and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI)

Students enrolled in EDU 101, EDU 104, EDU 208, and EDU 213 subject to a CORI/SORI check and review pursuant to the Criminal Record Information Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6 Section172-178, 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.