The education studies concentration at Hillyer College provides students with a career-focused foundation in the academic requirements needed to continue in the University of Hartford’s bachelor’s degree program in education.
This concentration is part of Hillyer College’s core curriculum, which facilitates the transfer of credits within the University of Hartford. Students who complete their Hillyer College requirements in the recommended two years not only receive an Associate of Arts degree but also are prepared to complete most baccalaureate degrees offered by the University within a total of four years.
Education studies works closely with the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) to offer a complementary course of study during the student’s first and second years and a seamless transition into the ENHP bachelor degree program in education. The program is unusual in that it emphasizes, early in the curriculum, career preparation through fieldwork. Students are required to spend 25 hours per semester, during their second and third semesters, at a service-learning site. These sites may include the two University-affiliated public schools located on campus. Hillyer College’s education studies fieldwork is coordinated through Educational Main Street, an ENHP program that partners with schools in the Greater Hartford area.
The education studies program requires that students take five courses in the concentration that provide a background in psychology, history, and the theory and practice of education. The curriculum includes an overview of the rewards and challenges of teaching, the diversity of school populations, and the fundamentals of curriculum content.
Courses also provide students with an understanding of the psychology of learning and of issues and practices in dealing with exceptional and special-needs students.
Of the five required courses for the education studies concentration, three are offered by Hillyer College and two by the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. A goal of the education studies concentration is to have students pass the national Praxis I exam by the end of their first year.
Students participating in the education studies concentration often go on to become teachers, school administrators, counselors, therapists, social workers, or school psychologists.