Courses & Programs

Secondary Education

The program is designed for students interested in transferring to four-year schools.

Joan Giovannini

Faculty, Education

Social Sciences

Donahue 283

413.552.2551 (Tel)


What will you learn?

The program is for students interested in teaching middle school or highschool with content area teaching licenses for grades 5-8, 8-12, or 5-12.

Graduates of HCC Education programs are expected to demonstrate developing skills toward all required teacher competencies.

What will you do?

63-65 total credits

35-36 credits credits general education courses + 9 credits Program Requirements

Depending on course selection, some general education courses may be taken online.


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.
An exploration of adolescent changes including physical, maturational, cognitive, social, and emotional factors. Adolescent development is also viewed from various theoretical points of view. Vocational and educational developments are considered. Prerequisite: PSY 110
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 Eligibility for MTH 095
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 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 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.

Choose 1 of the following:

MUS 100, 106, 110, 140
THE 100
ART 123, 131, 132

Choose 1 of the following:

MTH 104, 108, or 113

Choose 1 of the following:

BIO 101, 107, CHM 131, PHS 111

Choose 1 of the following:

AST 110, BIO 108, CHM 124, ESC 110, 111, 120, ENV 120, PHS 112


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

19-21 Credits of Electives


Select 19-21 credits.
Art: 121, 123, 131, 132, 241, 242, 253, 261
Biology:   BIO 217, 229, 230, 243; CHM 121 & 124 or CHM 221 & 224; MTH 108, 113, 142
Chemistry: CHM 221, 222; MTH 108, 113, 114; PHS 111, 112
English: ENG 201, 211, 212, 215, 216, 217, 224, 235
General  Science:  AST 110, BIO 111, CHM 121, 124, ESC 110, 111, 120, PHS 101, 102, MTH 108
History:  HIS 101, 102, 104, 105, 109, 112, 130, 220, 225, 250, 260
Math: MTH 108, 113, 114, 205, 213, 230
Music: MUS 105, 107, 131, 132, 208-274


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

Overall minimum GPA 2.7 for both ENG course requirements for WSU.

 FE: 3 hours of field experience is required.

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

Students enrolled in EDU 100, EDU 104, and EDU 208 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.This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and 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.