Education Transfer Program – Elementary Education Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Arts (AA)


EDU214 Exploring PK-12 Education

2 credits – This course is designed to give students the opportunity to gain insight into the teaching profession and examine what it means to be a PK-12 teacher. Students will critically evaluate teaching as their chosen or possible profession. An overview of the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful professionals will be investigated. Current and future trends in public education will be examined.

Lecture Hours: 32

EDU216 Introduction to Teaching

3 credits – This course is designed to help students become aware of the foundations of teaching, understand the realities of teaching, and gain insight into the process of teaching. It is provided for students who may be undecided about teaching. The course will investigate the tools and information necessary to make a rational and thoughtful choice about pursuing the teaching profession.

Lecture Hours: 48

EDU223 Multicultural Education

3 credits – This course introduces conceptual, theoretical, and philosophical issues in Multicultural Education (MCE). Students learn instructional strategies for making their future multicultural classrooms into effective learning communities that are collaborative, inclusive, developmentally appropriate, and globally oriented.

Lecture Hours: 48

EDU235 Children's Literature

3 credits – This course is designed to present the dynamics of children's literature. It promotes the selection and evaluation of literature for children as well as how to engage young readers in a variety of literary genres. The course will emphasize literature as a key element of the reading curriculum, grades Preschool-8 and beyond. The course will be relevant to those interested in education and literacy.

Lecture Hours: 48

EDU240 Educational Psychology

3 credits – The study of learning as it relates to cognitive, affective, and psychomotor processes; personal, social and moral development; abilities and exceptionality and motivation, measurement and classroom management.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: PSY111 Introduction to Psychology and PSY121 Developmental Psychology

Co-requisites: EDU920 Field Experience

EDU255 Technology in the Classroom

3 credits – This is a basic course in the planning and practical use of technology resources to enhance and extend the learning process in the face to face classroom, hybrid, and online learning. Students will be exposed to various ways of thinking about educational media and its applications in the classroom. The course is designed to provide the student with experiences that will enable them to select, arrange, utilize, and produce a variety of resources to enhance student learning through their creation of a Thematic Unit.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: EDU240 Educational Psychology or EDU235 Children's Literature

EDU901 Academic Service Learning Experience

1 credit – Students in this course develop and/or implement service learning projects to help the college's community including the surrounding local community under the supervision of college faculty and in cooperation with the staff of community organizations and agencies.

Lecture Hours: 32

EDU920 Field Experience

1 credit – This course provides an observation and participation experience to explore duties, roles, and responsibilities of teachers to the school community. This takes place in area schools under the direction and guidance of classroom teachers.

Lecture Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Fee: $35.00

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

ENG106 Composition II

3 credits – This course aims to review and extend writing principles learned in ENG105 Composition I to analytical, argumentative, and research-based writing. This course emphasizes critical reading, evaluation, and precise and responsible source citation.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: ENG105 Composition I

HIS117 Western Civilization I: Ancient and Medieval

3 credits – This course traces the development of Western Civilization from prehistory to 1300 C.E., the end of the High Middle Ages. The role of the Humanities is emphasized. The course explores major political, social, economic, scientific, intellectual, cultural, and religious developments contributing to Western societies. These include the significant events and contributions of early Middle Eastern civilizations, classical and Hellenistic Greece, the Roman Empire, its successors, the rise of the Western Christian church, and Medieval Europe.

Lecture Hours: 48

HIS118 Western Civilization II: Early Modern

3 credits – This course surveys the development of Western Civilization covering the end of the High Middle Ages of Europe to the French Revolution. The role of the Humanities is emphasized. The course will examine the major political, social, economic, intellectual, cultural, and religious developments contributing to the emergence of modern Western European Society. This includes the significant events and contributions of the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Columbian Exchange, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment.

Lecture Hours: 48

HIS119 Western Civilization III: The Modern Period

3 credits – This course will continue exploring the development of Western Civilization covering the period from the French Revolution until the present. The role of the Humanities is emphasized. The course will examine the major political, social, economic, intellectual, cultural, and religious developments contributing toward Western Society. Included are such major developments as the industrial revolution, the French revolution, Romanticism, European colonialism, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the new European order, and the world of the Twenty-first Century.

Lecture Hours: 48

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT151 Math Reasoning for Teachers I

3 credits – This course explores mathematics as problem solving, communication, connections, and reasoning with regard to tasks involving numeration, relationships, estimation, and number sense of whole and rational numbers, probability and statistics. Activities and models appropriate to elementary school mathematics are used to represent these topics. This course does not count toward the mathematics requirement for the AA or AS degree.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score.

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY121 Developmental Psychology

3 credits – This course presents a life span, developmental approach to the study of the developing person that identifies the behavioral dynamics of the physical, cognitive, social, and affective domains of development with a view to the impact of family, school, and community.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

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Department Secretary

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Faculty Mentor

Tami McCoy
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Dean of Communications, Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts

Catharine Freeman
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