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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2022-2023 Catalog 
    Mar 03, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood/Primary Grades Education, A.A.S.

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The Associate of Applied Science degree career program in Early Childhood and Primary Grades Education prepares individuals to work as lead teachers and directors of child care centers and preschools or to assist teachers in the instructional process in Pre-K through Grade 3 in public schools. While many of the Early Childhood courses transfer to four-year institutions, the primary purpose of the A.A.S. degree is to prepare students for immediate employment in a variety of child care settings. Students are required to submit a professional portfolio that meets the standards of the Education faculty prior to graduation.

Program Pathway

First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition
*(ENG 101E  and ENG 101P  are approved substitutions for ENG 101) 
3   ENG 102 Advanced English Composition 3
MAT 114 Introduction to Applied Algebra 3   Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3
Gen Ed Diversity 3   Gen Ed Biological/Physical Science; 3-4 credits 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3   EDU 114 The Developing Child 3
EDU 103 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3   EDU 115 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 203 Educational Psychology 3   ENG 104 Children’s Literature 3
PED 215 Early Childhood Physical Activities 3   EDU 211 Introduction to Special Education 3
MUS 205 Music Skills for the Classroom Teacher  3   EDU 215 Child Care Center Administration and Management 3
EDU 117 School Age Child Care Seminar I 3   Elective Choose in consultation with an advisor 3
EDU 212 Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3   EDU 240 Education Capstone Field Experience 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15

General Education Requirements (21-22 Credits)


Behavioral/Social Sciences

Biological/Physical Science



*A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for ENG-101, ENG-101E, and ENG-101P

Free Electives (2-3 Credits)

Electives should be selected in consultation with an advisor. Some recommended courses are listed below: 

Degree Requirement (60 Credits)


Students who have been convicted of child abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, or crimes of violence are precluded from employment in the field of teaching. Please discuss concerns with your advisor.

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