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Education

What Will I Learn?

Experience the satisfaction of engaging minds and making a difference in the lives of students. At HCC you can focus on elementary, middle level, secondary or special education. Classes in our degree and certificate programs include hands-on and collaborative learning opportunities. You'll even gain job-related experience through observations conducted in classrooms. Topics explored through HCC education courses include:

  • principles of reading and language arts in elementary schools
  • special education
  • technology in the classroom
  • coaching and athletics
  • educational psychology
  • multicultural classrooms
Fast Facts

As a future educator you'll want to join TEACH-HCC's student education organization. Unique service learning opportunities are also available and include helping local children with disabilities as they perform in theatre productions through the Penguin Project.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

The job outlook for teachers and paraprofessionals ranges from good to excellent over the next several years. Opportunities vary depending on the grade level being taught, the area of specialization, and region in which you live. Some areas of strong demand include special education, math, science, and bilingual education. Paraprofessionals will be in high demand in classrooms with students who have disabilities.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

Your HCC Options

There are different paths into this field. Consider your career goals and personal interests, and then choose the option that best meets your needs.

1. Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:

Associate in Arts - Concentration in Elementary Education

The Associate of Arts (AA) Degree with Emphasis in Elementary Education option is ideal if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor's degree and teach in a public or private school setting.

Associate in Arts - Concentration in Secondary Education
Associate in Science - Concentration in Secondary Education

The Associate of Arts (AA) / Associate of Science (AS) Degree with Emphasis in Secondary Education option is ideal if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor's degree and teach in a public or private school setting.

Associate in Arts - Concentration in Special Education

The Associate of Arts (AA) Degree with Emphasis in Special Education option is ideal if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor's degree and teach in a public or private school setting.

2. Earn your Heartland degree and transition directly into the workforce:

Applied Associate of Science Paraprofessional Educator Degree

The Applied Associate of Science Paraprofessional Educator Degree may be the best choice for you if your goal is to enter the workforce quickly to become a teacher's aide, this option may be the best choice for you.