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The Associate in Science degree program in Elementary Education is designed for students pursuing a career in the field of education and interested in becoming licensed teachers. This program is designed to provide a strong foundation in arts and sciences through the distribution of required Liberal Arts courses. Specifically designed, the career courses will integrate theory and practice, knowledge of child growth and development, sensitivity to cultural needs and understanding of special education and reading process. Educational course content will focus on the current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. This program provides students the foundation to further study at a four year college. Sixty-two credit hours are required graduation.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/CHRI/SORI page on the NECC website.

Courses Credits Comments
BIO101 Human Biology with BIO102 Human Biology Laboratory
BIO111 Introductory Biology I
BIO121 Anatomy & Physiology
4 Choose 1 biological science course
Public Speaking
Introduction to Teaching
EDU102 Introduction to Special Education 3 Prerequisite (ENG101, EDU101 and
enrollment in Elem. Ed. Prog. or permission of instructor)
Language and Literacy in Education
3 Prerequisite (ENG101, EDU101 and
enrollment in Elem. Ed. Prog. or permission of instructor)
Diversity and Multiculturalism
in Education
3 Prerequisite (ENG101, EDU101 and
enrollment in Elem. Ed. Prog. or permission of instructor)
English Composition I
English Composition II
3 Prerequisite
Introduction to Geography
MAT118 Mathematical Ideas I 3 Prerequisite
MAT119 Mathematical Ideas II 3 Prerequisite
Introduction to Psychology
PSY201 Developmental Psychology I 3 Prerequisite
SCI111 Physical Science I
SCI112 Physical Science II
Courses Credits Comments
History Electives 6 Choose 2 HIS: 101, 102, 111, 112,
121, 122
Literature Electives 6 Choose 2 LIT: 201 202, 211, 212, 267, 271, 272
Free Electives 6 Students planning to transfer should consult with an advisor