Create the foundation for a rewarding career in education.
Were you inspired by a teacher? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of young people? Whether you dream of a career teaching students in pre-school or high school, HCC's degree programs are the place to start. HCC will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university, or go directly to work in early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education.
HCC's experienced faculty can guide you from fostering your interest in working with children all the way through obtaining your certification as a teacher.
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The child development certificate offers early educators working with children ages birth to 5 years old the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the early childhood education field through coursework preparation for the CDA credential.
The Infant/Toddler Pre-school Certificate program prepares students for entry level work in early education and care settings including family childcare and center-based programs. Students will develop knowledge of child development, the theories and philosophies of the field, learn about different program types.
This program is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year school for a degree in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K through Grade 2). In addition to transfer, graduates of this program are eligible to apply for teacher certification through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC).
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).
The Elementary Education 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.