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EDUC 101: Introduction to Education

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course provides an introduction to the American education system and as teaching as a profession. Throughout the course students will be offered a variety of perspectives on education including: historical, philosophical, social, legal, and ethical issues in a diverse society. A study of organizational structure and school governance will also be included. A minimum 15-hour clinical component is required for this class. *Note: Students who enroll in EDUC 101 will be required to undergo a criminal background check by a college selected vendor. A clear background check is mandatory in order to complete the course/state required 15 hour clinical component for each class. The cost of the background check will be added as a course fee. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

EDUC 105: Exceptional Learners

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of EDUC 101 or CHLD 101 with a C or better
AND
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PSY 209
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This survey course provides an introduction to educating exceptional students and presents the historical, philosophical and legal foundations of special education, as well as an overview of the characteristics of individuals with disabilities, the programs that serve them under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the diversity of the populations of individuals with disabilities in addition to the general aspect of human diversity. A required component of this course includes real life experiences with an individual(s) with disabilities. A total of 15 hours of field experience is required to pass this course. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

EDUC 135: The Multicultural Classroom

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of EDUC 101 or CHLD 101 with a C or better
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course provides an introduction to multiple subcultures present in the American classroom. It will include theories and processes for understanding and working with culturally diverse groups in a classroom setting. It will explore the symbiotic relationship between schools and their cultural context and recent trends with regards to diversity and achievement. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

EDUC 163: Introduction to Coaching Athletics

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course is a three credit hour education offering that focuses on the critical components that are involved in the profession of coaching athletics. The course has no prerequisites, and is open to anyone interested in developing a foundation for an athletic coaching experience from little league to high school to the collegiate level. Throughout the semester, this course will cover coaching philosophy, coaching ethics, law and liability, leadership skills, fundraising, dealing with parental issues, mental toughness, sports first aid and injury prevention, career opportunities, current issues in coaching and sports administration. Several area coaches, from all different levels of play, will serve as guest speakers for this course. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

EDUC 200: Using Technology in Education

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of EDUC 101 or CHLD 101
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

Basic skills in keyboarding, word processing, and spreadsheet strongly recommended. This course will introduce educators to the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate their proficiency in the current technology standards for teaching. The course focuses on both knowledge and performance, and includes hands-on technology activities. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

EDUC 205: Language Development

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of EDUC 101 or PSY 209
AND
-Completion of PSY 209
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course is a study of normal language developments from birth through school age and an understanding of how children may progress through language development stages at differing rates. Students will also develop an understanding of the effects of diversity, including cultural and linguistic diversity on language development. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

EDUC 208: Principles of Reading

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of EDUC 101 with a C or better
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course is a study of various methods of teaching reading in the elementary school. It will include sequences in skill development and evaluation of current literacy trends, aims, and practices. Students will also learn techniques for improving comprehension, evaluation of age-appropriate literature, use of technology to support reading, a variety of reading assessments, and strategies for word recognition and vocabulary development. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

EDUC 209: Language Arts in Elementary School

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of EDUC 101 with a C or better
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

EDUC 209 is an introduction to language arts - reading, writing, listening, and speaking - in the elementary school. The course includes recent trends in literacy, techniques for building comprehension, strategies for teaching communication skills, and teaching skills to students whose first language is not English. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

EDUC 220: Educational Psychology

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of PSY 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Completion of EDUC 101 or CHLD 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course provides an introduction to psychological principles underlying educational practice. Theories concerning cognitive and psychological development, human learning, and motivation are studied with emphasis on application for instruction, including assessment. Emphasis will also be placed on learner-centered instruction and diversity. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

EDUC 295: Service Learning for Future Teachers

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course is geared primarily to those interested in becoming teachers, paraprofessionals or those who are genuinely interested in working with children who have disabilities. The focus of this course will be service learning based as students assist, in various capacities, with the McLean County Penguin Project ? a program designed to give children with disabilities an opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Students will gain valuable ?hands-on? experience working with school age children from our community who have varying disabilities as they rehearse and perform in a musical theater production. Attendance at evening rehearsals is mandatory for students with the time commitment increasing as performances approach. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

EDUC 296: Selected Topics in Education

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

An in-depth study of selected topics in education. The content and structure of the course will vary according to the topic and instructor. May be repeated once with a different topic, for a total of 6 credit hours. Specific topic will be stated on student’s transcript. 1-4 credit hours