Early Childhood Education (Liberal Arts) AA - Fully Online


The Associates in Early Childhood at HCCC is dedicated to preparing future teachers to successfully transfer to a four-year school to pursue a Bachelor’s in early child education and earn a NJ teachers license.

While at HCCC our education students have the opportunity to learn in our state-of-the-art Early Childhood laboratory classroom. The laboratory is filled with apple computers and classroom educational materials, which gives students the opportunity to not only learn theory through class discussions but also engage in hands-on-learning which deepens their understand of child development and the field of education.  The classroom serves as a computer lab for educational students at scheduled times throughout the week.

The education department is dedicated to providing students a superior educational experience which is based upon current research and the characteristics we believe quality teachers embody. We believe quality teachers are committed to social justice, educating diverse students, providing culturally responsive curriculum, inclusive education, and working to end bias.  

We invite you to explore our various degree programs, attend an open house, and meet our faculty. Your career awaits!

Hudson Is Home - Edith Nolan

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Transferrable Degree Option

Completion of this degree program option provides students the necessary coursework to pursue a Baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Graduates are also qualified to work as early educators/caregivers in an Early Childhood setting, with children from three to five years old.


Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education (Liberal Arts) Fully Online A.A.


The AA Liberal Arts ECE degree is the right choice for students who want to teach in pre-kindergarten through third grade. After earning this degree and satisfying all entrance requirements students are prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, required for certification. Depending on current articulation agreements, students can also earn a dual certification in Special Education or Elementary Education. Students will also be required to major in a content area specific to their desired Pre-K to Grade 3 teacher's license in New Jersey. Coursework at HCCC integrates theory and practice and includes child/program observations in schools, child care centers, and in other group settings.


Complete CSS-100

CSS-100 College Student Success

Complete the following courses:


ENG-101 College Composition I

ENG-102 and ENG-112

ENG-102 College Composition II
ENG-112 Speech

Complete the following groups:

BIO-100 and CSC-100

BIO-100 General Biology
CSC-100 Intro to Computers and Computing


BIO-107 Human Biology

Complete MAT-100 or MAT-123.

MAT-100 College Algebra
MAT-123 Mathematics for Liberal Arts

Complete INTD-235.

INTD-235 Exploring Multicultural Studies

Complete the following courses:

PSY-101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY-211 Developmental Psychology I

Complete HIS-105 and HIS-106.

HIS-105 U.S. History I
HIS-106 U.S. History II

Complete the following Humanities Electives.


HUM-101 Cultures and Values


Graduate Testimonial

The educational department at HCCC throughout the years has had the honor of preparing students to embark on their careers as educators.
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Jersey City is known for its diversity and it shows at HCCC. It’s a great opportunity to meet so many people from all over. Also, what made my experience memorable is taking ECE classes with really great professors. They are filled with so much knowledge which makes it even more enjoyable!
Geraldine Cevallos
Early Childhood Education AA Graduate, 2010 Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood Education NJCU

I remember before starting my Junior Practicum, I was having second thoughts about teaching. I wasn’t too sure if that’s what I wanted to do anymore until I stepped foot inside a classroom of 3 and a half-year-olds. All of them just looking at me at first and then speaking to me as if they have known me for years. When I was allowed to teach them a lesson and completed it, that’s when I knew I was right where I belonged. I have been teaching for 8 years now and I still love it just like I did that day during my Junior Practicum. I have taught Kindergarten for one year, PreK4 for 2 years, and currently teaching PreK3 (Abbott program) for 4 years. My goal is to return to school to receive my Master of Arts in Urban Education with a specialization in Educational Administration and Supervision.



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Contact Information

Dr. Angela Pack
71 Sip Avenue (Room 520)
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4656