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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | Education - 19 courses
EDUC101 Nature of the Teaching Profession (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to teaching as a profession in the American education system. It offers a variety of perspectives on education including historical, philosophical, social, legal, and ethical issues in a diverse society and includes organizational structure and school governance. A clinical component (15 hours of observation) is required.
Notes [ T] IAI: SED 901 EED 901 SPE 911

EDUC103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Course acquaints the student with the facets of early childhood education pertinent to the total overview. In this introductory course an overview of Early Childhood Education will be explored. It is designed to focus on the fundamental concepts and basic skills to be developed in a beginning teacher of young children. A student will not only broaden his/her understanding of the area of early education, but will also extend his/her knowledge of the growth and development of the whole child in his environment. Through laboratory assignments, the student will sharpen observational skills and will be given opportunities to apply knowledge gained during classroom discussions and lectures to actual teaching situations. (16 hours of observation/interaction is required.)
Notes [ C]

EDUC104 Creative Learning Experiences (Spring, every other year) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: Provides experiences in creative activities (music, art, and language) for young children and integrates these activities in program planning.
Notes [ C]

EDUC159 Issues in Exceptionalities (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: A survey of special needs issues including: managing disruptive behavior, communicating with and helping the individual learn to communicate, choosing and implementing specialized teachng strategies, positioning and handling techniques, and collaborating with the family and professionals in social service agencies.
Notes [ C]

EDUC160 Guiding Children (Fall, every other year) – 2.0 hours
Course Description: Theory and practice of effective methods for guiding children's behavior using guidance techniques and classroom management principles and skills. Problem areas such as aggression, passivity, and over-activity will be addressed. The relationship between emotional growth, self-concept, and behavior will be explored.
Notes [ C]

EDUC170 Infant/Toddler Curriculum (Spring, every other year) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Infant/Toddler Curriculum will provide a framework for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program for infants and toddlers. It will emphasize caregivers building responsive relationships with children and their families, creating environments that offer a variety of experiences that interest and engage children, carefully observing children before deciding whether and how to intervene and planning and implementing a quality program both in center based and family based settings.

A guide through areas and issues necessary to plan and implement a quality program for infants and toddlers including: creating environments, ensuring children’s safety, promoting children’s health and guiding behavior. Attention is also given to planning routine and activities that will enable children to explore and discover their world.
Notes16 hours of observation is required at the DACC Child Development Center in addition to in-class time.
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EDUC201 Early Childhood Education Practicum (Spring) – 5.0 hours
Course Description: On-the-job-training in early childhood education in the DACC Child Development Center practicing the principles, skills, and techniques developed in previous courses. (375 hours observation/participation required.)
Notes [ C] IAI: ECE 914

EDUC206 Cultural Effects on Child Development (Fall, every other year) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Study of the growth and development of the child and the significance of the culture as it relates to the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual changes in the young child and the school aged child. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a rational portrait of the personality system of children, as it relates to the family, the school, and the community. Based on theory and research the early childhood educator will explore the diverse and ever changing needs of children and the significance of their culture to physical, emotional, social, and intellectual influences by validating and valuing human differences.
Notes7 Observation Hours required.
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EDUC207 Children's Literature (Fall, every other year) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Introductory survey of children's literature. Includes teaching methods; criteria for selection, evaluation, and presentation of books and related materials; and community resources. Using technology to facilitate application of the learning process.
NotesHybrid- 3 announced mandatory meetings during the semester, end of the semester group play will be performed for the DACC Child Development Center during facility hours convenient for children’s schedule that will be announced.
[ C]

EDUC208 Language Development (Spring, every other year) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Study of how language develops from prelingual to productive language with stress on the effect of the culture and the ramifications for learning. Criminal background check may be required. (8 hours observation required.)
Notes [ C]

EDUC211 Educational Psychology (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This basic course in psychology of education for prospective teachers explores materials and principles from the various fields of psychology applied to the practical problems of teaching. Baccalaureate course.
Notes [ T]

EDUC220 Day Care Administration (Spring, every other year) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course is designed to develop skills in administration and supervision for students who desire to work in early childhood education centers. Included will be topics such as program planning, selection and use of staff, the role of the administrator and supervisor, administrative tasks, in-service training for staff improvement and community resources for supplementing the center's services. Emphasis will be placed upon social problems, their causes, and ways of alleviating, preventing, or handling them.
Notes6 hours observation required.
[ C]

EDUC225 Internship in Education (As Needed) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: Work experience in a school or educational agency under supervision of both the college and the school/agency, practing the principles, skills, and techniques developed in previous courses. (200 hours observation required.) Criminal background check required.
Notes [ C]

EDUC226 Internship Seminar (As Needed) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: Study of teacher responsibilities, classroom and school procedures, lesson planning, learning styles, educational resources, classroom management, and evaluation procedures. Criminal background check required.
Notes [ C]

EDUC230 Infant & Toddler Development (Fall, every other year) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Infant and Toddler Development is comprehensive in that it treats all facets of growth and development in the first three years. The exploration moves through the realms of infant physical growth, cognition, perception, and emotional-social development. It includes the study of language development as it influences all other areas. It will attempt to reveal how the infant’s psychological world differs from that of older children and adults. Application of learning through a lab is required.
Notes16 hours of observation is required.
[ C]

EDUC240 Program Planning/Young Children (Spring, every other year) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Designed to explore concrete curriculum areas which are developmentally appropriate for the young child between two and six years of age. Examines how children learn and what they can learn and suggests specific curriculum ideas and activities to stimulate and transmit learning.
Notes [ C]

EDUC250 Math/Science for Young Children (Spring, every other year) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Students will become acquainted with basic mathematics and science concepts and will learn how to introduce them to young children through innovative methods, including songs, games, and flannel boards.
Notes [ C]

EDUC260 Health/Nutrition Young Children (Fall, every other year) – 2.0 hours
Course Description: In this course an overview of the many factors that affect a child's state of health will be given. Included in this study will be proper nutrition for the young, environmental conditions which may influence children's health, identification and control of communicable illnesses, general good health and hygiene practices, and the development of a health and nutrition education curriculum for young children.
Notes [ C]

EDUC270 Education/Exceptional Child (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: An introduction to the study of the identification of, teaching methods for, and programs for individuals with exceptionalities at home, school, and community. The course focuses on characteristics in the following areas of exceptionalities: learning disabilities; attention deficit disorder; autism spectrum disorders; intellectual and developmental disabilities; emotional and behavior disorders; communication, language and speech disorders; special gifts and talents; deaf or hard of hearing; visual impairments; and physical disabilities, health impairments, and multiple disabilities. Baccalaureate course. Criminal background check may be required. (6 hours observation required)
Notes [ T]

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