EDUC 111INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN EDUCATION

3 Credit Hours (TC)
An introduction to the field of American education, this course will cover history, philosophy, financing, legal aspects, and current issues of American education. Students will be given a general overview of how American schools came to be and how they function today. They will be introduced to the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. Students will participate in a minimum of 15 documented clinical experiences involving observation of child learners and practitioners at work, according to specified guidelines.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent.


EDUC 211INTRODUCTION TO THE EXCEPTIONAL INDIVIDUAL

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is an overview and orientation to the field of special education. The student studies the characteristics and educational provisions for exceptional individuals: children and adolescents with visual or hearing impairments; communication disorders; health impairments; learning disabilities; mental retardation; behavior disorders; gifted and talented abilities; pervasive developmental disorders; multiple and severe disorders, and at-risk behaviors.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent.


EDUC 212FIELD EXPERIENCE IN EDUCATION

2 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is designed to provide the student with practical experience in the public/private schools and/or other educational agencies under the supervision of competent professional educators. The course is aligned with the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and emphasizes the communication, responsibility, and collaboration dispositions needed for teaching. Usually taught in one-half school day per week in the field and two, two-hour classes per month.

Pre-requisite: EDUC 111 with a grade of "C" or better


EDUC 213DIVERSE LEARNERS IN THE CLASSROOM

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course is a study of learners who are at risk of failure, who exhibit exceptional ability or disability, and those who may be English Language Learners. It is also the study of strategies educators use to meet their needs. It prepares the future teacher by providing knowledge of assistive technology, early intervention, differentiation, and universal design for learning needed to modify instruction and curricula for diverse learners included in the traditional classroom.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent.