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Release Date: 
Friday, August 5, 2022

Careers to Consider: Pre-Education

An African-American woman in a classroom surrounded by school-age children.

This article is part of a series spotlighting HFC academic and workforce programs leading to great careers. To view all HFC programs, visit this link.

HFC’s pre-education program will prepare you to transfer and achieve teacher certification in elementary education or secondary education. If you want to become a paraprofessional, we will prepare you for immediate employment with elementary and secondary schools.

Your two years of coursework can be applied toward a bachelor's degree at a 4-year university. You will also gain practical experience in the classroom.

Pre-Education pathways

We offer associate degree and certificate programs in these areas:

  1. Pre-Elementary Education
  2. Pre-Secondary Education
  3. Education Paraprofessional (NOTE: This 31-credit certification is earned while you are enrolled in the pre-elementary education program)

The Education Paraprofessional prepares you to begin your career immediately. The other paths help you gain your bachelor’s degree at a 4-year educational institution in a high-quality, low-cost environment.

What classes will you take?

You will take basic education courses and general education courses. You will start your education experience with EDU 201: Introduction to Education.

Check out the recommended course sequence for your preferred pathway:

  1. Pre-Elementary Education
  2. Pre-Secondary Education
  3. Education Paraprofessional

We always recommend you talk to one of our friendly, expert advisors to make sure you are on the right track.

The Pre-Education program has two academic advisors:

Call one of these friendly, knowledgeable advisors today.

What will you learn?

You will learn and grow in the following areas:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Lesson planning
  • Learning styles
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Patience and organization
  • Stamina

Other features and benefits include:

  • Classroom observation: Through HFC’s partnerships with nearby school districts and universities, you will participate in a collaborative practicum experience with an experienced educator in an elementary, middle, or high school classroom setting.
  • Becoming a teaching assistant: Work immediately after you graduate from HFC with elementary and secondary schools.

Great transfer options for continued education

After you complete the Pre-Education program, you can transfer to a university to complete your final two years of your bachelor's degree. HFC has many agreements with other schools for easy transfer options. Some of these include:

  • Wayne State University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Oakland University
  • The University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Baker College
  • Davenport University

“We offer seamless transfer to many schools of education,” said HFC Pre-Education Director Dr. Carolyn Casale. “If you are planning to transfer, our Pre-Education faculty members are here to help you with this process.”

Casale is working on many more agreements with universities.

For questions or more information, contact Casale at To make an appointment with a pre-education academic advisor, contact either Clippert-DeVogel at or Milai at