Pre-Elementary Education

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts
Year Established: 

In 2005, Phi Theta Kappa selected HFCC''s Pre-Education program as one of ten community
colleges nationally that best meets the needs of students who will become teachers of math and
science. In addition, in 2001 the Pre-Education program was chosen as one of the six exemplary
community college teacher education programs in America by Recruiting New Teachers, Inc., an
affiliate of the Carnegie Foundation of New York.

The Associate in Arts degree in Pre-Elementary Education requires 60 credit hours of coursework,
all of which can be transferred to most four-year teacher preparation programs without loss of
credit. The elective component of this program allows students to select courses that apply toward
the bachelor''s degree at their intended transfer institution. Students are encouraged to consult the
university guide sheets in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center located
in Learning Resources Center.

Career Opportunities: 

Pre-Elementary Education program graduates may seek employment in child development centers.
For those wishing to teach in K-8 schools, completion of a four-year teacher preparation program
with teacher certification is necessary.

Course Transfer Information
Students interested in transferring should note: HPE 260 transfers to the University of Michigan-
Dearborn and is a recommended course for students transferring to UM-D. HPE 140 and HPE 260
transfer to Eastern Michigan University and are recommended courses for students transferring to
EMU. HPE 140, HPE 142 and HPE 260 transfer to Wayne State University and are recommended
courses for students transferring to WSU. Consult the transfer guide for the university to which you
wish to transfer to determine the HPE course that will apply to your bachelor''s degree.

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Marygrove College
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

The law requires new teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, and other personnel to
provide documentation of a completed criminal record check. Students who complete field
experiences as part of their HFCC coursework must provide a statewide criminal record check prior
to work with children in public or non-public schools.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Support Courses

* Students considering transferring to a four-year institution are advised to consult current
transfer and articulation guides to ensure that the appropriate courses are selected.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Arts Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Arts degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.