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Education, Associate in Arts

An introduction to teaching as a profession in the American education system offering a variety of perspectives on education, including historical, professional, social, legal and ethical issues in a diverse society. The curriculum also includes how schools are structured, governed and operated. Observation and assessment skills will be fostered through field experience. Admission into baccalaureate degree programs is competitive and most senior institutions require a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher. A "C" or higher is required in all coursework at Triton College and senior institutions. Completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission into the senior institution.

Transfer courses may vary per baccalaureate institutions. Advisable to check with program and institution you wish to transfer.

(Fall 2020)

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Arts Degree (Education) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • describe appropriate technological resource to support instruction;
  • design instruction that meets the diverse needs of students;
  • describe the theories and philosophies of learning and human development;
  • distinguish how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning;
  • apply Developmentally Appropriate Practice in all aspects of curriculum and instruction; and
  • describe the roles and responsibilities of teachers.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures

Note:

If interested in obtaining Paraprofessional Licensure in school systems, follow the Education or Early Childhood pathway.

General Education Core:

13 courses (42-44 semester credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits

Communications: Three courses (nine semester credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3

Humanities and Fine Arts: Three courses (nine semester credits)

One course from Humanities and one course from Fine Arts must be taken.

Course NumberTitleCredits

Mathematics: One course (four to five semester credits)

 

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 116Math for Elementary School Teachers I #

3

MAT 117Math for Elementary School Teachers II #

3

Note: MAT 116◊ is a prerequisite to MAT 117

Physical and Life Sciences: Two courses (eight to 10 semester credits)

One course selected from Life Sciences and one course from Physical Sciences, including one laboratory course.
Course NumberTitleCredits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: Three courses (nine semester credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
HIS 151History of the United States to 1877

3

OR

HIS 152History of the United States Since 1877

3

 

PSC 150American National Politics

3

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3

Students must complete at least one three-semester hour course in "Non-Western or Third-Wold Cultures" either in Humanities and one Fine Arts category or Social and Behavioral Science category.

Early Childhood Associate in Arts Transfer Pathway, Level II Gateways to Opportunity Credential

Curriculum: EDU.BTH.AA

The Early Childhood Associates in Arts Transfer Pathway degree is designed for students interested in entering the Early Childhood Education Field or students currently employed within the field seeking to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and State Licensure. Students will be introduced to foundational concepts and best practices in the areas of: child development, curriculum and instruction, health, safety and nutrition, guidance and classroom management, diversity and inclusion, and observation, documentation and assessment. In addition to an Associate’s in Art, this pathway will also lead to a Gateways to Opportunity Level II Early Childhood Credential. This pathway is designed with stackable course offerings so students can progress within the credentialing system and obtain more advanced certificates and degrees.

Field experiences/observation hours are a requirement for all ECE courses.

General education requirements may vary among four-year institutions. Check with intended transfer institution for specific general education requirements.

All program courses may not transfer to four-year colleges and universities. (Fall 2020)

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Arts Degree (Education, Early Childhood Associates in Arts Transfer Pathway, Level II Gateways to Opportunity Credential) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • recognize Developmentally Appropriate Practice in all aspects of curriculum and instruction; design instruction that meets the diverse needs of students;
  • describe the developmental characteristics and needs of children birth through age eight;
  • utilize observation methods to document and assess young children in all areas of development;
  • identify approaches to creating respectful and reciprocal relationship with children and their families;
  • create classroom environments that promote respect and acceptance for human diversity; and
  • recognize professional practices that are aligned with NAEYC Professional Standards and Code of Ethical Conduct.

Placement Measures

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 110Early Child Development

3

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 153Guiding Children and Managing the Classroom

1

HTH 281First Aid CPR AED

1

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 118Health, Nutrition & Safety #

3

ECE 142Students With Disabilities in School #

3

ECE 146Child, Family & Community

2

MAT 116Math for Elementary School Teachers I #

3

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3

 

PED 106Total Fitness

1

OR

PED PED 100-level course

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:15

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
HIS 151History of the United States to 1877

3

OR

HIS 152History of the United States Since 1877

3

 

BIS 100General Biology

4

OR

BIS 105Environmental Biology

4

 

LIT 170Introduction to Children's Literature #

3

MUS 110Listening to Music

3

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3

Total Credit Hours:16


Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 110Looking at Art

3

HTH 104Science of Personal Health

2

PSC 150American National Politics

3

 

AST 101Astronomy of the Solar System

4

OR

AST 102Astronomy of the Stars and Beyond

4

OR

PHS 100Introduction to Earth Science

4

 

ANT 103Cultural Anthropology

3

OR

GEO 104Contemporary World Cultures

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Elementary Education (Grades K through 9)

Curriculum: EDU.EED.AA

(Total Program Credits: 60-61)

The Elementary Education Associates in Arts transfer pathway degree is designed for students interested in entering the American education system at the elementary, secondary or special education levels. This pathway will prepare you for transfer to a four- year institution and earn a bachelor’s degree in education and Illinois state professional educator licensure. Field observations at local school districts give you real world experiences in the classroom to prepare you for your future classroom. The Education program at Triton prepares candidates to understand the methodology related to curriculum and instruction. All classes embed skills that prepare you for your career in education, such as inclusion, diversity, technology and professional readiness. Admission into baccalaureate degree programs is competitive and most senior institutions require a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher. A “C” or better is required in all coursework at Triton College and senior institutions. Completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission into the senior institution.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Arts Degree (Education) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

•   Describe appropriate technological resource to support instruction;

•   design instruction that meets the diverse needs of students;

•   describe the theories and philosophies of learning and human development;

•   distinguish how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning;

•   apply Developmentally Appropriate Practice in all aspects of curriculum and instruction; and

•   describe the roles and responsibilities of teachers.

Placement Measures

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDU 207Introduction to Education #

3

MAT 116Math for Elementary School Teachers I #

3

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3

General education/Humanities or Fine Arts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDU 206Human Growth and Development

3

MAT 117Math for Elementary School Teachers II #

3

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3

 

ANT 103Cultural Anthropology

3

OR

GEO 104Contemporary World Cultures

3

 

General education/Humanities or Fine Arts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDU 200Introduction to Special Education

3

PSC 150American National Politics

3

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3

 

BIS 100General Biology

4

OR

BIS 105Environmental Biology

4

 

General education/Humanities or Fine Arts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16
Humanities or Fine Arts electives: (choose from: LIT 101, LIT 102, LIT 103 or LIT 170).

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDU 215Educational Psychology

3

 

Education or Psychology Electives:

EDU 110Diversity of Schools and Society

3

OR

PSY 216Child Psychology #

3

 

HIS 151History of the United States to 1877

3

OR

HIS 152History of the United States Since 1877

3

 

HTH 104Science of Personal Health

2

OR

HTH 281First Aid CPR AED

1

 

General education/Physical Science

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:14-15

Education or Psychology Electives: (choose one from Education or Psychology).

Physical Science Electives: (choose one from PED or Health).

Secondary Education (Grades 6 - 12)

Curriculum: EDU.SED.AA

Secondary Education majors follow the same curriculum requirements as Elementary Education majors. (Fall 2020)

Special Education (Grades K through 12)

Curriculum: EDU.SPC.AA

Special Education majors follow the same curriculum requirements as Elementary Education majors. (Fall 2020)

See Associate in Arts Graduation Requirements by discipline: http://triton.smartcatalogiq.com/2021-2022/Triton-College-Catalog/Arts-and-Sciences-Programs/Associate-in-Arts/Associate-in-Arts-Degree-Requirements

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring.

See EDU course descriptions. See ECE course descriptions.

Chairperson: Ayelet Miller, Ext. 3989, email: ayeletmiller@triton.edu