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Elementary Education Liberal Arts-Associate in Arts

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OVERVIEW

BCC has new, enhanced coursework available for elementary education majors due to Massachusetts Transfer Pathways Work being done with the community colleges and four-year schools by the MA Department of Higher Education.

Whereas students in the AA Liberal Arts Elementary Education program previously had one program specific course, EDU-105, Foundations of Elementary Education, there are new and current course offerings including Multiculturalism, Language & Literacy and Special Education.

JOB GROWTH & WAGES

The 2017 median pay for elementary education teachers with an entry level bachelor’s degree was $56,900. The number of jobs in 2016 was 1,565,300. Elementary education jobs are projected to grow at a rate 7% (as fast as average).

POTENTIAL JOB TITLES
  • Paraprofessional in the public schools 
  • Classroom teacher (with transfer to a four-year institution to earn Bachelor Degree & DESE Certification grades 1-6)
LOCAL EMPLOYERS
  • Berkshire County School Districts
  • Private Schools
  • Berkshire Museum
TRANSFER SCHOOLS
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Smith College
  • Westfield State University
  • Elms College
  • MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts)
  • Full Time Schedule
    SEMESTER 1
    Foundations of Education
    English Composition/Writing
    Natural or Physical Science
    Introductory Psychology
    World History
    SEMESTER 2
    Human Growth & Development
    Language & Literacy
    English Composition/Writing 
    Survey of College Mathematics
    Music
    SEMESTER 3
    Children’s Literature
    World Geography
    Intro to the Theatre
    Physical Science
    Mathematics
    SEMESTER 4
    United States History to 1877
    Literature/ American Writers
    Introduction to Special Education
    Fine Arts
    Elective
  • Part Time Schedule
    SEMESTER 1
    Foundations of Education
    English Composition/Writing
    SEMESTER 2
    Natural or Physical Science
    Introductory Psychology
    SEMESTER 3
    World History
    Survey of College Mathematics
    SEMESTER 4
    Language & Literacy
    English Composition/Writing
    SEMESTER 5
    Human Growth & Development
    Music
    SEMESTER 6
    Children’s Literature
    World Geography
    SEMESTER 7
    Intro to the Theatre
    Physical Science
    SEMESTER 8
    Mathematics
    Fine Arts
    SEMESTER 9
    Literature/ American Writers
    Introduction to Special Education
    SEMESTER 10
    United States History to 1877
    Elective

Students practice an art lessonAs an Elementary Education student with a plan to transfer, I feel this program does a great job at preparing me for what will come after my time at BCC. I have already had experience in classrooms observing the concepts I am learning and drawing from the knowledge and experiences of seasoned teachers that surpasses that of a textbook. I have also gotten to experience Mursion, a virtual classroom that many four-year institutions use. BCC has recently expanded their course offerings, meaning I am able to take more classes at community college prices before transferring.

Alecia Briggs 

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