Program Goals Statement
This program concentration provides students an opportunity to explore the Education programs available at the College, including Early Childhood, Elementary and Deaf Studies Education. These programs enroll individuals aspiring to become educators of preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 - 6. Employment as educators in these fields require candidates to complete a Bachelor's degree for initial certification by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To make this transfer smoother, the College has transfer agreements with several colleges and universities.
- Students in all Education programs are required to submit to a Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) check. A positive CORI check would prevent a student from engaging in any field-related course work, including Teaching Practicum.
- Students interested in the Early Childhood Education programs must pass a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B immunizations or titres (blood to prove immunity) to be accepted. A TB test is required each year. Health insurance is also required.
- For students interested in Deaf Studies Education who have taken non-credit "sign language classes" in the past, or are heritage signers(Deaf/signing family) or have taken two or more ASL classes in high school with a "B" or better, should meet with the program director.
- Bristol participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer.
- For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current Bristol articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website.