Course Descriptions

EDU 110

  • Orientation to Education
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Introduces the roles and responsibilities of both the paraeducator and the classroom teacher. Covers legal and ethical issues that might be encountered in the classroom, instructional support strategies that might be implemented by paraeducators, universal health and safety procedures, and the importance of communication and teamwork in the instructional environment.  Introduces the design of learning environments that encourage active participation in individual and group settings. Requires 10 hours of field work.
  • Components: Lecture; Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

EDU 120

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Acquaints the student with the cognitive, social, moral, language, emotional, and physical development of children and adolescents. Addresses the application of these theories in the modern classroom. Requires 10 hours of field work.
  • Components: Lecture; Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

EDU 130

  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Introduces methods on the creation of a learning environment, basic classroom management theories, key principles and practices of special education, and the similarities and differences of individuals with and without exceptional learning needs.  Requires 10 hours of field work.
  • Components: Lecture; Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

EDU 140

  • Introduction to Behavior Management
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Introduces the student to strategies of classroom and behavior management that create a positive learning environment encouraging student self-advocacy, increased independence, and improved communication skills. Introduces behavior management strategies that encourage respect and value individual differences among children, youth, and adults and how consequences should be used to motivate positive student behavior. Includes focus on chronic behavior problems. Requires 10 hours of field work.
  • Components: Lecture; Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

EDU 150

  • Practical Experiences for the Paraeducator
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Provides the capstone experience for the paraeducator certificate.
  • Components: Co-op, Lecture, Practicum; Lecture: 1 credit (15 contact hours); Practicum/Co-op: 2 credits (150 contact hours).
  • Prerequisites: EDU 110 and EDU 120 and EDU 130 and EDU 140 or Consent of Coordinator.

EDU 201

  • Introduction to American Education
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Present an introduction to teaching including teaching as a profession, major educational philosophies, social reform, trends and issues in education, curriculum and instruction. Requires a minimum of 15 clock hours of field observation in an approved educational setting.
  • Components: Lecture; Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours). 
  • Prerequisites: ENG 101.

EDU 204

  • Technology In the Classroom
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Provides the student with a fundamental understanding of the uses of microcomputers in instruction and instructional management. Explores the methods of using multi-media in the classroom, designing web pages, and optimizing the use of current technology to enhance their instructional ability as well as classroom organization.
  • Components: Lecture; Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Prerequisites: CIS 100 or equivalent.

EDU 240

  • Elementary and Middle School Literature
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Surveys both traditional and modern literature for children and adolescents. Emphasizes selection, evaluation, storytelling, and the use of media to meet the literary needs and interests of children from preschool through middle school. Requires fifteen hours of field observation.
  • Components: Lecture; Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Prerequisites: ENG 102 

EDU 270

  • Elementary School Literature
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Surveys traditonal and modern literature for elementary school children. Emphasizes selection, evaluation, storytelling, and use of media to meet the literary needs and interests of children. Requires a minimum of 15 clock hours of field observation in an approved educational setting.
  • Components: Lecture; Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Prerequisites: ENG 102.

EDU 280

  • Education Externship/Co-Op
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Provides a capstone/portfolio experience for the AAS degree in Education, designed to integrate program competencies and curriculum to create a cumulative portfolio to demonstrate professional abilities. Requires 150 hours of field work.
  • Components: Co-Op, Lecture, Practicum; Lecture: 1 credit (15 contact hours); Practicum/Co-op: 2 credits (150 contact hours).
  • Prerequisites: All program courses or Consent of Coordinator.

EDU 299

  • Instructor Consent Required Selected Topics in Education
  • Credit: 3
  • Description: Addresses various education topics, issues and trends.  Topics may vary from semester to semester at the discretion of the instructor; course may be repeated with different topics to a maximum of six credit hours.
  • Components: Lecture; Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.