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Education, Associate in Arts

Curriculum EDU.EAE.AA (U224A13)

(Total Program Credits: 60-61)

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:

At the 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.

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

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

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 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

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 credits

MAT 117Math for Elementary School Teachers II #

3 credits

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 credits

OR

HIS 152History of the United States Since 1877

3 credits

 

PSC 150American National Politics

3 credits

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

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

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 MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 110Early Child Development

3 credits

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

ECE 153Guiding Children and Managing the Classroom

1 credit

HTH 281First Aid CPR AED

1 credit

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

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 credits

ECE 142Students With Disabilities in School #

3 credits

ECE 146Child, Family & Community

2 credits

MAT 116Math for Elementary School Teachers I #

3 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

 

PED 106Total Fitness

1 credit

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 credits

OR

HIS 152History of the United States Since 1877

3 credits

 

BIS 100General Biology

4 credits

OR

BIS 105Environmental Biology

4 credits

 

LIT 170Introduction to Children's Literature #

3 credits

MUS 110Listening to Music

3 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16


Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 110Looking at Art

3 credits

HTH 104Science of Personal Health

2 credits

PSC 150American National Politics

3 credits

 

AST 101Astronomy of the Solar System

4 credits

OR

AST 102Astronomy of the Stars and Beyond

4 credits

OR

PHS 100Introduction to Earth Science

4 credits

 

ANT 103Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

OR

GEO 104Contemporary World Cultures

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Elementary Education (Grades K through 9)

EDU.EED.AA

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDU 207Introduction to Education #

3 credits

MAT 116Math for Elementary School Teachers I #

3 credits

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

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 credits

MAT 117Math for Elementary School Teachers II #

3 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

 

ANT 103Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

OR

GEO 104Contemporary World Cultures

3 credits

 

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 credits

PSC 150American National Politics

3 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

 

BIS 100General Biology

4 credits

OR

BIS 105Environmental Biology

4 credits

 

General education/Humanities or Fine Arts

3 credits

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

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDU 215Educational Psychology #

3 credits

 

Education or Psychology Electives:

EDU 110Diversity of Schools and Society

3 credits

OR

PSY 216Child Psychology #

3 credits

 

HIS 151History of the United States to 1877

3 credits

OR

HIS 152History of the United States Since 1877

3 credits

 

HTH 104Science of Personal Health

2 credits

OR

HTH 281First Aid CPR AED

1 credit

 

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)

EDU.SED.AA

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

Special Education (Grades K through 12)

EDU.SPC.AA

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

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

General Education Requirements:

AA degree                                     Subtotal: 37-40

Education courses or other
electives toward the AA degree    Subtotal: 20-23

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS BY DISCIPLINE:

  • Communications: Three courses (nine semester hours).
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Three courses (nine semester hours), with at least one course from selected from Humanities and at least one course from the Fine Arts.
  • Social and Behavioral Science: Three courses (nine semester hours), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.

Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity, which may be taken as a Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science course.

  • Mathematics: One course (three semester hours).
  • Physical and Life Science: Two courses (seven to eight semester hours), with one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences, including at least one laboratory course.

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring.

See EDU course descriptions. See ECE course descriptions.

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