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Create the foundation for a rewarding career in education.

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Are you curious about becoming a teacher? Explore our education programs to prepare for transfer to a four-year school, or to get directly to work in early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education.

HCC can guide you from fostering your interest in working with children all the way through obtaining your certification as a teacher.

Questions? Contact Admissions at 413.552.2321 or admissions@hcc.edu.

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Child & Family Studies is a coordinated program of study designed to provide students with a broad overview of the educational and developmental needs of children in the context of their natural environments.

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).

The Elementary Education program is designed for transfer students interested in receiving a teaching license for Grades 1 through 6 from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

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).

This 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.

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

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    Not all heros wear capes...

    ...Some have education degrees!

    Our education programs offer support and community to help guide you through the process of preparing to become an educator.

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    Professors who care

    HCC's education professors are highly trained and prepared to help you achieve your academic goals.

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    professional opportunities

    The connections you create at HCC can help lead you to networking and career opportunities.

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