The program of Teacher Education at Hostos Community College is designed to prepare students with the background, knowledge, and skills for employment in schools, day care centers, and other agencies providing programs for infants and young children. The course of study combines classroom instruction with workshops, seminars, and field experiences. Students have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge through first-hand experiences in the methods and materials of instruction and by observation and participation in early childhood programs. The program also prepares students to work in bilingual programs and provides them with the foundation for advanced work in other areas such as, elementary education and special education. For students who are planning to continue their education, an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree (with electives in teacher education) is offered. For students planning to delay further study, the program leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is offered. Both A.A. and A.A.S. degree programs prepare the student for employment in early childhood programs. Learning methods available to the student include lecture-discussion and field experience. A course in Parent Education is offered as an elective to all students enrolled in the College who met the prerequisites.