Courses & Programs


Create the foundation for a rewarding career in education.

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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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Child and Family Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary major that prepares students to make positive impacts in the fields of child and family advocacy, family services, youth development, early intervention, human services, social work, and nonprofit leadership.

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. 

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 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.

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 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. 

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.