Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree

The Elms College bachelor’s degree completion programs offered at Greenfield Community College (GCC) meet all general requirements of Elms College. You enter this program with the required associate’s degree, satisfy Elms’ core requirements, and complete the requirements of your specific degree program.

Weekend classes for Social Work, and Early Care and Education are held on the GCC campus on Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., and are taught by Elms faculty. You are able to complete your coursework in 10 eight-week sessions over a 20-month period. RN-BS degree classes are held one night a week and can be completed in seven 8-week sessions over a 15 month period.

Social Work Curriculum and Courses

Recommended Course Sequence

Session 1 – Fall 1
SWK 211 Professional Communication in Social Work
SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work

Session 2 – Fall 2
SWK 302 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SSD 202 American Government/Public Policy: Online

Session 3 – Spring 1
SWK 301 Social Welfare Policies and Services
SWK 303 Mental Health and Mental Illness
SWK208 Human Sexuality – Online

Session 4 – Spring 2
SWK 315 Social Work Practice with Communities
MAT 109 Statistics

Session 5 – Summer 1
SWK 205 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
BIO 105 Human Biology – Online

Session 6 – Summer 2
SWK 307 Advanced Social Group Work
REL 215 World Religions – Online

Session 7 – Fall 1
SWK 402A Advanced Practice
SWK 310A Social Work Research
SWK 401 D Field Work*

Session 8 – Fall 2
SWK 402B Advanced Practice
SWK 310B Social Work Research
SWK 401E Field Work*

Session 9 – Spring 1
SWK 404A Survey of Social Work Issues (Capstone)
SWK 401F Field Work*

Session 10 – Spring 2
SWK 404B Survey of Social Work Issues (Capstone)
SOC 316 Racial and Ethnic Groups Online
SWK 401G Field Work*

* 400 hrs. of fieldwork required outside of the program schedule

Minimum of 60 Elms credits and a minimum of 120 credits to graduate with a baccalaureate degree. Additional requirements: Macroeconomics; Introduction to Sociology; General Psychology; Philosophy; U.S. History 1 or II; Human Growth & Development; Fine/Performing Art. A college-level math is strongly recommended. Courses and sequence subject to change.

RN-BS Curriculum and Courses

Course Sequence

GCC RN-BS Off-Campus program:

  • Thursdays from 4:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Classes held at Greenfield Community College, Greenfield.
  • 7 eight-week sessions, and selected courses may be online.
  • You can transfer up to 90 credits toward your Elms RN-BS degree.
  • Only 30 residency credits are required.
  • Includes six graduate level credits.

Contact: Virginia Newell-Stokes, M.S., RN, 413-265-9521,

Early Care and Education Curriculum and Courses

Take your interest in early childhood education and transform it into a rewarding career. The degree completion program offered at Greenfield Community College will provide you with the knowledge and skills to foster cognitive, social, and emotional growth in young children.
  • Earn your degree in 20 months
  • Classes held Saturdays (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.) on the GCC campus
  • Classes taught by Elms faculty
  • Financial aid available
Early childhood education specialists make an impact in public and private schools, childcare centers, daycares, and more.
  • Early childhood education specialists can earn an average salary of $35,000 per year, according to ZipRecruiter.
  • Preschool and childcare center directors can earn a median salary of $47,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By accelerating your studies over 20 months, you can save thousands of dollars while completing your degree. All you need to do is:
  • Enter the early care and education program with the required associate's degree (and at least 60 credits)
  • Satisfy the Elms College core requirements
  • Complete the requirements of the early care and education program

Recommended Course Sequence

Session 1: Fall 1
EDU 318: Technology for Early Childhood Educators (3)
PHI 242: Ethics (online) (3)

Session 2: Fall 2
EDU 340: Writing in the Profession (3)
SWK 304: Intro to Cultural Competency (3)

Session 3: Spring 1
CSD 105: Sign Language for Early Childhood Educators (3)
SWK 303: Mental Health and Mental Illness (3)

Session 4: Spring 2
EDU 204: Introduction to Multicultural Children’s Literature (3)
ASD 301: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (online) (3)

Session 5: Summer 1
EDU 336: First and Second Language Acquisition (3)
EDU 338: Assessment of Young Children (3)

Session 6: Summer 2
EDU 337: Early Literacy and Bilingualism (3)
REL 215: World Religions (online) (3)

Session 7: Fall 1
EDU 327: Addressing Challenging Behaviors (3)
EDU 361: Advanced Case Studies in Child Psychology (3)

Session 8: Fall 2
EDU 362: Inquiry Based Strategies for Teaching Math to Young Children (3)
EDU 361: Health and Nutrition for Early Care and Education (3)

Session 9: Spring 1
EDU 372: Nature and Environmental Curriculum: An Inquiry-Based Approach (3)
EDU 363: Pubic Policy and Advocacy (3)

Session 10: Spring 2
SOC 316: Racial and Ethnic Groups (3)
EDU 373: Capstone Portfolio Seminar (3)

Courses and sequence subject to change