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