Courses & Programs

Elementary Education

For transfer students interested in receiving a teaching license for Grades 1 through 6 from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Joan Giovannini

Faculty, Education

Social Sciences

Donahue 283

413.552.2551 (Tel)

What will you learn?

Requirements may change due to teacher education guidelines and newly implemented articulation agreements with the state colleges and universities. Graduates of HCC Education programs are expected to demonstrate developing skills toward all required teacher competencies.

63 total credits

35-36 credits General Education Requirements + 9 credits Program Requirements

Depending on the course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.

General Education Requirements

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.
A scientific examination of human social phenomena. Major topics include interaction, statuses and roles, groups, social institutions, culture, socialization, social control, conforming and deviant behavior, collective behavior, social inequality, demography, social change, urbanism, industrialism and globalization.Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
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.
Select from any Math (D) course with a MTH prefix.
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: Eligibility for ENG 101
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
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 history of the civilizations of the world from the sixteenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on the economic, social, political, religious, and cultural developments that continue to shape the modern world. Emphasis is also placed on the growing interdependence and mutual influence of the formerly separate cultures of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
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.
A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the United States from the end of the Civil War until the present, including such topics as Reconstruction, industrialization, immigration, the Great Depression, the New Deal, the world wars, and the Cold War.
Students will be introduced to a basic language of visual elements (line, shape and three-dimensional form, color, space, texture, and value) and principles of design. Students will investigate how and why images are made, and how they are received and experienced. Art and visual culture will be critically evaluated. This course will engage a broad range of imagery, encompassing a variety of styles, purposes, iconographic themes, and media (such as painting, sculpture, photography, film and video, advertising, and Internet).
A foundations course in art and design. The basic elements and principles of two-dimensional composition will be explored through the manipulation and organization of black, white, and gray media. Students will learn to think and communicate visually. Two 2 1/2 studios per week
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 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.
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.
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.

Program Requirements

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 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


ANT 101  |  Cultural Anthropology [B]
Credits: 3

ANT 110  |  Introduction to Anthropology [B]
Credits: 3

ANT 120  |  Survey of North American Indians [B]
Credits: 3

POL 110  |  U.S. National Government [B]
Credits: 3

POL 120  |  State and Local Government [B]
Credits: 3

SOC XX1  |  Social Science Elective [B]
Credits: 3

English Elective (200 Level)
Credits: 3

HIS XX2  |  History Elective
Credits: 3

HUM XX1  |  Humanities Elective [C]
Credits: 3

HUM XX2  |  Humanities Elective [C]
Credits: 3

Language Elective (100-200-level)
Credits: 3

Language Elective (100-200-level)
Credits: 3

MTH XX4  |  Math Elective [D]
Credits: 3

SCI XX1  |  Laboratory Science Elective [E]
Credits: 4

Students must achieve a minimum grade of  "C" in all EDU prefix courses in order to graduate from these programs and options.

  • Overall minimum GPA 2.7 for both ENG courses is a minimum requirement for transfer to Westfield State University (WSU).
  • Lab Science - Students who are considering transfer to WSU should take ESC 110, 120, or ENV 120.
  • Math - Students considering transferring to WSU should take MTH 125.
  • Language Electives - Students should check with their transfer institutions to see if language courses are required and if 100-level and/or 200-level language courses are accepted for transfer.
Criminal Offense Record Act (CORI), and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI)

Students enrolled in EDU 100, EDU 104, EDU 208, and EDU 260 will be 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 the Education Program. The College policy can be found in the Student Handbook.