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EDUC 111: INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN EDUCATION

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

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.

EDUC 211: INTRODUCTION TO THE EXCEPTIONAL INDIVIDUAL

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS Reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

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.

EDUC 212: FIELD EXPERIENCE IN EDUCATION

2 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: EDUC 111 with a grade of "C" or better

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.

EDUC 250: PARAEDUCATOR PRACTICUM INTERNSHIP

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: EDUC 111, 112, and 211 or department approval

This course is both the study and application of principles and techniques a paraeducator will use to meet student needs in today's elementary and secondary schools.