Education Concentration
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 satisfied by program
World View From Area 3 satisfied by program
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3
Science and Technology From Area 5 satisfied by program
Humanities From Area 6 satisfied by program
CONCENTRATION COURSES
Principles of Psychology PSY101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Child Growth/Development ECE103 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
CIT Elective CIT 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Oral Communication ENG171 3
World Civilization to 1500 HIS111 3 ESL098 and ESL099 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
US History: Colonization thru Civil War or US History: Reconstruction to Present HIS151 or HIS152 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Children’s Literature LIT217 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Contemporary Math I MAT172 3 MAT097 or placement
Introduction to Biology/Lab or Human Biology/Lab BIO105 or BIO108 4 ENG095, MAT093, RDG095 or ESL098 or placement
Environmental Science I ENV105 4 MAT093, ENG095, RDG095 or ESL098 or placement
Intro and Foundations of Education EDU101 3 ENG095 and RDG095 or ESL098 or placement
Young Children with Special Needs ECE111 3 ECE103 plus three ECE or EDU courses or equivalent
Practicum in Instruction EDU140 3 EDU101
Fine Arts Elective see note* 3
Literature Elective LIT 3 pre/co-req ENG111
LCS or Career Elective see note** 3
Career Elective see Note** 3
Total Credits 62

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Note* Fine Arts Electives: VMA104, VMA122, VMA123, VMA124, or VMA161

**Note: New students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar within their first year. Career Electives: ECE107, ECE109, ECE110, ECE112.

Concentration Overview

Early Childhood Education and Human Services Department’s mission statement and goals state two primary purposes: 1) To provide knowledge, training and skill development for persons interested in working in the area of social services with specific educational opportunities for those interested in early childhood development, human services, and education, and 2) To serve the community as an information and knowledgebase in the area of social service, with specific expertise in early childhood education and development, human services, and education.

The Education concentration prepares students seeking bachelor’s degrees in education or liberal arts to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus. For current information on eligible programs, visit www.mass.edu/ masstransfer.

The A.A. Education Concentration is not to be followed by those seeking certification by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. If work in child care is desired, a student should enroll in the A.S. degree Early Childhood Development. For more information, contact the Department chair.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in this concentration, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer to four-year colleges or universities as juniors. Potential teaching careers include teacher aid; early elementary, later elementary, middle school and high school teaching; preschool and kindergarten teaching; and special education teaching. Students must obtain a bachelor’s degree as the minimum requirement for entry into these fields. Graduate work may be necessary, as well.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics, and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
  • Demonstrate a mastery in reading and writing/ literacy skills and the organization of critical thinking and problem solving behaviors.

Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously. See page 173.