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Academic Program Model

Academic Program Model

Paraprofessional Educator (AAS.PRPRO)

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge base and practical skills necessary for assisting teachers in a public school setting. This degree is suited for individuals who desire a career working with children in an educational learning environment. In response to the No Child Left Behind Act, this degree in Paraprofessional Education meets the recommended curriculum outlined by the Illinois State Board of Education.

ECE 120 and 125 must be taken the same semester.

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit.
FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Hours
ENG-120
Composition I

ENG-120
Composition I

Students will study the writing process by reading essays that illustrate a variety of rhetorical strategies, analyzing writing tasks and texts, and writing, revising, and editing short essays.


Course Outline

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3.0
EDU-100
Introduction to Education

EDU-100
Introduction to Education

An overview of the American education system. Social, historical and philosophical foundations give perspective to an examination of current issues, policies and trends in the field of education, including cultural diversity. A 30 hours practical lab is required for this course.

Course Outline

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3.0
LIT-150
Children's Literature

LIT-150
Children's Literature

Study of various forms and types of literature for the intellectual stimulation of the small child and storytelling and oral interpretation techniques.


Course Outline

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3.0
EDU-103
Teaching/Learning W/Technology

EDU-103
Teaching/Learning W/Technology

This course features practical ways to use various types of technology for the K-12 classroom teacher. This is a basic course in microcomputers, their operation, and utilization in K-12 classrooms.


Course Outline

3.0
MAT-118
Math for Elem Teachers I

MAT-118
Math for Elem Teachers I

A course designed for Elementary Education majors. Topics include number theory, probability and statistics, development of numeration systems, sets, functions, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Counts as general education requirement for elementary education majors when taken in sequence with MAT218.


Course Outline

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3.0
ECE-110
Child Behavior Management

ECE-110
Child Behavior Management

This course focuses on the use of positive redirective techniques in shaping behavior so children can learn self discipline and self control. Observation of discipline problems and analyzation of procedures are required of the student.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

18.0
Second Semester
PSY-274
Child Development

PSY-274
Child Development

Study of theories and methods used to study development, from conception to adolescence. Topics include physical, sensory and perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, social, and gender development, as well as family, peer, and institutional influences on development.

Course Outline

3.0
SPE-111
Intro to Speech Communication

SPE-111
Intro to Speech Communication

Focuses on the fundamental principles and methods of selection, analyzing, organizing, developing and communicating information, evidence, and points of view to audiences.

Course Outline

3.0
EDU-190
Introduction/Special Education

EDU-190
Introduction/Special Education

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of exceptional children, including a survey of the child's developmental traits and examination of appropriate intervention techniques.

Course Outline

3.0
MAT-218
Math for Elem Teachers II

MAT-218
Math for Elem Teachers II

The study of the concepts and theory of measurement and geometry via the problem-solving approach, using both calculators and microcomputers throughout. Designed for Elementary Education majors. Counts as general education requirement for elementary education majors when taken in sequence with MAT-118.


Course Outline

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3.0
ECE-083
Instructional Methods

ECE-083
Instructional Methods

This course enables students to do total program planning consistent with the developmental needs of children.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

15.0
SECOND YEAR
First Semester
Hours
BIO-100
Bio Science I

BIO-100
Bio Science I

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental processes and structures common to all living things along with their applications to society.


Course Outline

4.0
ENG-121
Composition II

ENG-121
Composition II

Students will learn how to find, use, assess and document research sources, producing an extended writing project based primarily on library research.


Course Outline

3.0
ECE-102
Health/Safety/Nutri/Yng Child

ECE-102
Health/Safety/Nutri/Yng Child

This course focuses on the health, safety, and nutritional needs of children in group settings as well as the personal health of the individual. Emphasis is placed on preventive health through education and the development of healthy habits.

Course Outline

3.0
PSY-271
Intr/Psychology

PSY-271
Intr/Psychology

Focuses on psychology as a science, introducing concepts and research in a variety of subfields, including neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory, cognition, motivation and emotion, development, personality, disorders and therapy, and social psychology.

Course Outline

3.0
ECE-095
Creative Activities/Children

ECE-095
Creative Activities/Children

This course provides students an understanding of the value of and practical experience in preparing creative activities and experiences for children. The student is given many opportunities to explore, develop, and appreciate various types of creative media for preschool children.

Course Outline

4.0

Semester Totals

17.0
Second Semester
HUM-150
Humanities Through the Arts

HUM-150
Humanities Through the Arts

Students will survey the human condition as revealed through the arts, including an examination of painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, drama, film, photography, and music.

Course Outline

3.0
EDU-200
Educational Psychology

EDU-200
Educational Psychology

The application of psychology principles to education. Special emphasis on understanding growth and development, the learning process, motivation, intelligence, evaluation, measurement, creativity and the impact of culture on learning styles.

Course Outline

3.0
EDU-210
Diversity/Schools & Societies

EDU-210
Diversity/Schools & Societies

This course is a study of how schooling is shaped by and ought to respond to the social contexts in which it occurs, particularly in multicultural and global contexts.

Course Outline

3.0
ECE-120
Field Experience Seminar

ECE-120
Field Experience Seminar

This course prepares the student for the Field Experience practicum (ECE125) and includes preparation of credentials for seeking employment.


Course Outline

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1.0
ECE-125
Field Experience

ECE-125
Field Experience

Supervised practicum designed for Early Childhood and Child & Family Services and Paraprofessional Education majors to provide on-the-job experience. Practicum will include application of: program and classroom management skills, managing daily routines, curriculum development, agency policies and regulations, and enhancement of family involvement.


Course Outline

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3.0
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Electives

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Electives

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3.0

Semester Totals

16.0

Total Program Hours

66.0
 

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