Education - Elementary

Associate of Arts Degree

2012-2013 academic year

You can earn an associate of arts degree with an concentration in elementary education. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses

Core 26-27 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PHYS 1100 Physical Science
Survey of chemistry, physics, and earth science. Designed to meet the requirements for general science with laboratory experiences.
4
EDUC 1110 Introduction to Professional Education
An overview of education in the United States viewed in terms of history, philosophy, finance and governance. Encourages critical thought regarding the role of education in our multicultural society, the role of the teacher, and educational practices in schools. The course is designed to help students explore education as a prospective career. Writing intensive.
3
MUSC 1550 Music in Western Culture
Study of the development of music and how it relates to the events of our past and present. All types of music included. Open registration.
3
EDUC 1700 Professional Practicum-Elementary School
Designed to acquaint the student with the classroom situation and atmosphere by participation in the teaching-learning process. Includes observation and assistance in classroom-related activities under supervision of an experienced teacher.
2
EDUC 2070 Family and Community Relationships
This course focuses on the development of skills, techniques and attitudes needed to form successful collaboration with diverse family systems and communities. Ten hours of community service learning required.
3
PSYC 2110 Child and Adolescent Psychology
This course emphasizes the biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial development of childhood through adolescence by examination of theories, behaviors, and terminology.
3
EDUC 2250 Children's Literature
Provides the potential elementary teacher an introduction to literature suited to children. Addresses genres, authors and illustrators, historical development, trends, and techniques of presentation.
3
ARTS 2250 Elementary School Art
Study of art activities related to the teaching of elementary school children. Provides a basis for evaluation of art in elementary grades.
3
MUSC 2350 Elementary School Music
Development of creative skills and methods of teaching music in elementary schools.
3
HPER 2510 Physical Education in the Elementary School I with Practicum
Designed for the prospective elementary teacher and the physical education student. Study of the curriculum and teaching of physical education to the elementary grades in relation to the needs and characteristics of the elementary school age child at various grade levels.
3

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of psychology including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perceptions and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3 Credit Hours

must earn a C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze works in various genres of literature and respond with essays applying research skills learned in ENGL 1010.
3

Fine and Performing Arts 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ARTS 2000 Art History-Ancient to Gothic
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the Late Gothic. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 2010 Art History-Renaissance to Present
A survey of major works of art in all media from the Renaissance through Post Modernism. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3

Health Education 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3

History 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HIST 1030 European Civilization I
Study of history that interprets and evaluates the contribution of civilizations from ancient times to 1600.
3
HIST 1040 European Civilization II
The development of European civilization since 1600, concluding with the peace settlements and national tensions that followed World War II.
3
HIST 1050 World History I
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from ancient times to 1715.
3
HIST 1060 World History II
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from 1715 to the present day.
3

Mathematics 3-5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1010 Math for Elementary Teachers
Designed for the elementary education major. Covers general development of the real number system, number systems other than base ten, set theory, introductory algebra, and elementary probability and statistics.
3

Natural Science 4 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 1010 General Biology
Introduction to the major biological concepts: ecosystem dynamics, cell structure and function, cell division, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and genetics, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques.
4

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn a C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will assist the student to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace. It will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. The course will enhance the student's listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
GEOG 1020 World Regional Geography
Regional survey of world's political units and theoretical framework for understanding geographical phenomena and problems with emphasis on relationship of human activities and physical environment.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

must earn a C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

Electives 6-7 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECED 2050 Children with Exceptionalities
This course focuses on the theory, development and philosophy of early childhood education programs serving children with exceptionalities. Topics include working with families, legislation, role of the interventionist, interdisciplinary teams and inclusion of children with special needs in natural environments. Strongly suggest prior knowledge of child growth and development.
3
FREN 1200 Elementary French I
Introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of French.
4
FREN 1210 Elementary French II
Continuation of FREN1200 with more intense concentration on verbs and conversation.
4
HIST 2010 American History I
A survey of American history from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War or Reconstruction. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, and social issues in the development of the American nation.
3
HIST 2020 American History II
A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War to the present. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, and social issues that arise in America’s development as a global power.
3
MATH 1015 Geometry for Elementary Teachers
Designed for students in elementary education. Covers development of geometry including reasoning and proof, construction, lines, angles, polygons, area, volume, Pythagorean theorem, basic trigonometry, measurement and transformations, as well as probability and data analysis.
3
OFFT 1500 Microsoft Office
This course will give the student practical experience in operating the word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics portions of the Microsoft Office suite.
3
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4
SPAN 1210 Elementary Spanish II
A continuation of the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on reading Spanish at a literary level.
4

Suggested Elective Courses

See advisor and confirm with transfer institution for recommended electives.


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