Education Course Descriptions

EDU 114  Introduction to Family Childcare

This course introduces the student to family child care home environments with emphasis on standards and developmentally effective approaches for supporting diverse children and families.  Topics include standards for quality, curriculum for multiple age groups, authentic assessment methods, business practices, building positive family and community partnerships, and professionalism.  Upon completion, students should be able to design a family child care handbook that reflects a healthy, respectful, supportive, and stimulating learning environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: Take one set: Set 1: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, and Set 2: ENG 085 and MAT 060
Corequisite: None
EDU 114 Course Outline: Not Available

EDU 118  Principles and Practice of Instructional Assistant

This course covers the instructional assistant’s role in the educational system. Topics include history of education, professional responsibilities and ethics, cultural diversity, communication skills, and identification of the optimal learning environment. Upon completion, students should be able to describe the supporting role of the instructional assistant, demonstrate positive communication skills, and discuss educational philosophy.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 118 Course Outline

EDU 119  Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course covers the foundations of the education profession, the diverse educational settings for young children, professionalism and planning developmentally appropriate programs for all children.   Topics include historical foundations, program types, career options, professionalism and creating inclusive environments and curriculum responsive to the needs of all children and families.  Upon completion, students should be able to design career plans and develop schedules, environments and activity plans appropriate for all children.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 4; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: High school diploma or GED
Corequisite: None
EDU 119 Course Outline

EDU 125  Sign Language for Educators

This course introduces students to the sign language systems commonly used in educational environments.  Topics include fingerspelling, receptive and expressive sign language usage, a comparison of sign language systems, and forms of relevant technology. Upon completion, students should be able to communicate at an introductory level using various English-based sign language systems including Manually Coded English. . 

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097
Corequisite: None
EDU 125 Course Outline: Not Available

EDU 131  Child, Family, and Community

This course covers the development of partnerships between culturally and linguistically diverse families, children, schools and communities.  Emphasis is placed on developing skills and identifying benefits for establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships between diverse families, programs/schools, and community agencies/resources.   Upon completion, students should be able to explain appropriate relationships between families, educators, and professionals that enhance development and educational experiences of all children. 

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 131 Course Outline

EDU 144  Child Development I

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from conception through approximately 36 months.  Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning.  Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 144 Course Outline

EDU 145  Child Development II

This course includes the theories of child development, needs, milestones, and factors that influence development, from preschool through middle childhood.  Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in physical/motor, emotional/social, cognitive, and language domains and the impact of multiple influences on development and learning. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain environmental factors that impact development, and identify strategies for enhancing development. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test, EDU 144
Corequisite: None
EDU 145 Course Outline

EDU 146  Child Guidance

This course introduces principles and practical techniques including the design of learning environments for providing developmentally appropriate guidance for all children, including those at risk.  Emphasis is placed on observation skills, cultural influences, underlying causes of behavior, appropriate expectations, development of self control and the role of communication and guidance.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate direct/indirect strategies for preventing problem behaviors, teaching appropriate/acceptable behaviors, negotiation, setting limits and recognizing at risk behaviors.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 146 Course Outline

EDU 151  Creative Activities  

This course covers planning, creation and adaptation of developmentally supportive learning environments with attention to curriculum, interactions, teaching practices and learning materials. Emphasis is placed on creating and adapting integrated, meaningful, challenging and engaging developmentally supportive learning experiences in art, music, movement and dramatics for all children. Upon completion, students should be able to create, adapt, implement and evaluate developmentally supportive learning materials, experiences and environments.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: EDU 151A
EDU 151 Course Outline: Not Available

EDU 151A  Creative Activities Lab  

This course provides a laboratory component to complement EDU 151. Emphasis is placed on practical experiences that enhance concepts introduced in the classroom. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a practical understanding of the development and implementation of appropriate creative activities.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: EDU 151
EDU 151A Course Outline: Not Available

EDU 152  Music, Movement, and Language

This course introduces historical perspectives of music and movement and integrates the whole language concept with emphasis on diversity. Emphasis is on designing an environment that focuses on language development through developmentally and culturally appropriate music and movement. Upon completion, students should be able to design an environment that develops language through a music and movement curriculum that emphasizes diversity.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 152 Course Outline

EDU 153  Health, Safety, and Nutrition

This course covers promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of all children. Topics include health and nutritional guidelines, common childhood illnesses, maintaining safe and healthy learning environments, recognition and reporting of abuse and neglect and state regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of health, safety, and nutritional needs, safe learning environments, and adhere to state regulations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 153 Course Outline

EDU 154  Social/Emotion/Behavioral Development

This course covers the emotional/social development of children and the causes, expressions, prevention and management of challenging behaviors in all children. Emphasis is placed on caregiver/family/child relationships, positive emotional/social environments, developmental concerns, risk factors, and intervention strategies. Upon completion, students should be able to identify factors influencing emotional/social development, utilizing screening measures, and designing positive behavioral supports.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test; EDU 144 and EDU 145
Corequisite: None
 EDU 154 Course Outline

EDU 158  Healthy Lifestyles-Youth

This course introduces the topics of health, safety, nutrition, physical activities and environments for the school-age child/youth that promote development, fitness and healthy lifestyles. Topics include the use of physical and nutritional/cooking activities (indoor/outdoor, teacher-directed/youth-directed) appropriate for youth developing typically/atypically; safe/healthy menu planning; safe/healthy environmental design, assessment and supervision. Upon completion, students should be able to plan/facilitate safe/healthy physical and nutritional/cooking activities, discuss safety policies/regulations and identify health/safety/nutritional needs of youth.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite:ENG 080, and RED 080
Corequisite: None
 EDU 158 Course Outline: Not Available

EDU 161  Introduction to Exceptional Child

This course covers children with exceptionalities as life long learners within the context of the community, school and family. Emphasis is placed on inclusion, legal, social/political, environmental, and cultural issues relating to the teaching of children with exceptionalities. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of identification processes, inclusive techniques, and professional practices and attitudes.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite:ENG 080, and RED 080, or DRE 097, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 161 Course Outline

EDU 184  Early Childhood Introductory Practicum

This course introduces students to early childhood settings and applying skills in a three star (minimum) or NAEYC accredited or equivalent, quality early childhood environment. Emphasis is placed on observing children and assisting in the implementation of developmentally appropriate activities/environments for all children; and modeling reflective/professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate interactions with children and ethical/professional behaviors as indicated by assignments and onsite faculty visits.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisites: Take one set: 

Corequisite: None
EDU 184 Course Outline: Not Available

EDU 216  Foundations of Education

This course introduces the American educational system and the teaching profession. Topics include historical and philosophical foundations of education, contemporary educational, structural, legal, and financial issues, and experiences in public school classrooms.  Upon completion, students should be able to relate classroom observations to the roles of teachers and schools and the process of teacher education. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 4; Lab,  0
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: Take one set: 

Corequisite: None
EDU 216 Course Outline

EDU 220  Program Policies in Early Intervention

This course covers program policies, issues, legislation, and service delivery models included in early intervention.  Emphasis is placed on trends and policies in early intervention relating to programs for infants and young children with disabilities, family roles, and research outcomes.  Upon completion, students should be able to identify roles and responsibilities, describe the referral and placement options and explain the different service delivery models.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites ENG 090 and RED 090 and EDU 144
Corequisite: None
EDU 220 Course Outline: Not Available

EDU 221  Children with Exceptionalities

This course introduces children with exceptionalities, their families, support services, inclusive/diverse settings, and educational/family plans based on the foundations of child development.  Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of exceptionalities, observation and assessment of children, strategies for adapting the learning environment, and identification of community resources.  Upon completion, students should be able to recognize diverse abilities, describe the referral process, and depict collaboration with families/professionals to plan/implement, and promote best practice.  This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a premajor and/or elective course requirement at select institutions only

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisites:    Take one set: 

Corequisite: None
EDU 221 Course Outline

EDU 234  Infants, Toddlers, and Twos

This course covers the unique needs and rapid changes that occur in the first three years of life and the inter-related factors that influence development.  Emphasis is placed on recognizing and supporting developmental milestones through purposeful strategies, responsive care routines and identifying elements of quality, inclusive early care and education.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate respectful relationships that provide a foundation for healthy infant/toddler/twos development, plan/select activities/materials, and partner with diverse families.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: Take one set: 

Corequisite: None
EDU 234 Course Outline

EDU 241  Adult-Child Relations

This course covers self-concept and effective, active listening skills in positive one-to-one interactions with individuals and groups of children. Emphasis is on self-concept development and effective communication techniques used with children. Upon completion, students should be able to identify principles underlying self-concept and demonstrate effective listening and communication skills adults use with children.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: ENG 090, RED 090, or DRE 098, or ENG 095, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 241 Course Outline

EDU 250  PRAXIS I Preparation

This course is designed to prepare potential teachers for the PRAXIS I exam that is necessary to enter the field of education. Emphasis is placed on content specifications of the PRAXIS I exam, study skills and simulated examinations. Upon completion, students should be able demonstrate an understanding of the content necessary for successful completion of the PRAXIS I exam.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: ENG 090, RED 090, or ENG 095, or satisfactory score on placement test and final semester of Early Childhood Associate or Teacher Associate program
Corequisite: None
EDU 250 Course Outline: Not Available

EDU 261  Early Childhood Administration I

This course introduces principles of basic programming and staffing, budgeting/financial management and marketing, and rules and regulations of diverse early childhood programs.  Topics include program structure and philosophy, standards of NC child care programs, finance, funding resources, and staff and organizational management.  Upon completion, students should be able to develop components of program/personnel handbooks, a program budget, and demonstrate knowledge of fundamental marketing strategies and NC standards.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: Take one set

Corequisite: EDU 119
EDU 261 Course Outline

EDU 262  Early Childhood Administration II

This course focuses on advocacy/leadership, public relations/community outreach and program quality/evaluation for diverse early childhood programs.  Topics include program evaluation/accreditation, involvement in early childhood professional organizations, leadership/mentoring, family, volunteer and community involvement and early childhood advocacy.  Upon completion, students should be able to define and evaluate all components of early childhood programs, develop strategies for advocacy and integrate community into programs.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: Take one set

Corequisite: EDU 119
EDU 262 Course Outline

EDU 271  Educational Technology

This course introduces the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in all educational settings. Topics include technology concepts, instructional strategies, materials and adaptive technology for children with exceptionalities, facilitation of assessment/evaluation, and ethical issues surrounding the use of technology. Upon completion, students should be able to apply technology enhanced instructional strategies, use a variety of technology resources and demonstrate appropriate technology skills in educational environments.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: CIS 113 or CIS 110; ENG 090, and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098 or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 271 Course Outline

EDU 275  Effective Teacher Training

This course provides specialized training using an experienced-based approach to learning. Topics include instructional preparation and presentation, student interaction, time management, learning expectations, evaluation, and curriculum principles and planning. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and present a six-step lesson plan and demonstrate ways to improve students' time-on-task.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: ENG 090, and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098 or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 275 Course Outline

EDU 280  Language & Literacy Experiences

This course explores the continuum of children’s communication development, including verbal and written language acquisition and other forms of communication . Topics include selection of literature and other media, the integration of literacy concepts throughout the classroom environment, inclusive practices and appropriate assessments. Upon completion, students should be able to select, plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate literacy experiences.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 090, and RED 090, or ENG 095 or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: None
EDU 280 Course Outline: Not Available

EDU 284  Early Child Capstone Practicum

This course is designed to allow students to apply skills in a three star (minimum) or NAEYC accredited or equivalent, quality early childhood environment. Emphasis is placed on designing, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate activities and environments for all children; supporting/involving families; and modeling reflective and professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate plans/assessments, appropriate guidance techniques and ethical/professional behaviors as indicated by assignments and onsite faculty visits.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 9
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098, or satisfactory score on placement test; EDU 119; EDU 131, EDU 144, EDU 145, EDU 146, EDU 151, EDU 151A, EDU 153, EDU 161, EDU 221, EDU 234, EDU 261, EDU 262, EDU 271 (A criminal background check is also required prior to enrollment in this course; all program general education courses must also be completed)
Corequisite: None
EDU 284 Course Outline

 

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