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Early Childhood Education (ECD)
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Child care is in high demand and the need for qualified child care providers is also in high demand. The Early Childhood Development program is designed so that graduates meet qualification standards for the full spectrum of child care services and facilities. Graduates of the program are eligible for entry-level jobs as day-care teacher, nursery school teacher, sheltered workshop staff in a work activity, institutional aides for disabled children, and teacher aides for public schools. Also, much of the coursework within the curriculum may be transferable to a four-year college or university. Applicants to the Early Childhood Development degree program should be aware of the restrictions imposed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services forbidding employment of identified child abuse offenders in this field. Any applicants so identified will not be permitted to enroll in this program.

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Semester 1
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FA2014
SP2015
ECD 1101
Intro to Early Childhood Education
3
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Course will be the survey of early childhood educational programs and principles to give historical and philosophical perspective to current issues and trends. Desirable qualities, skills, duties, and responsibilities of early childhood care providers are examined.

ECD 1202
Childhood Teaching Techniques I
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Course will include exploration of various stimulating teaching techniques to foster the optimum physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of young children. Methods will concentrate on preschool age children although activities for infants and toddlers will be discussed. All curriculum areas will be covered, but lesson plan work will be emphasizing literature, language, art and music.

ECD 1203
Health and Safety of Children
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This course deals with issues that affect the health of children. It includes nutrition, hygiene, diseases, protection, first aid and safety. Laws and standards governing early childhood facilities are examined.

PSY 1101
General Psychology I
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A survey of the study of human and animal behavior with emphasis on the scientific nature of contemporary psychological investigation. Topics may include the biology of behavior, sensation, motivation, emotion, life-span development of behavior, personality, abnormal behavior and its therapies, social behavior, and individual differences. NO PREREQUISITE.

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PSY 1103
Business Psychology
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This course centers on those human relations skills that students need to successfully interact in today's changing world: communication, motivation, authority, leadership styles and strategies, attitude adjustment and coping. Students will learn the fundamentals necessary for adjusting to cultural diversity, economic fluctuations and changes in responsibility.

ELEC
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Term Total
16
Semester 2
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FA2014
SP2015
ECD 1204
Childhood Teaching Techniques II
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This course explores teaching techniques which foster optimum physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of young children. Methods of teaching preschool children are stressed although activities for infants and toddlers are discussed. All curricula will be covered, but mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences and computer activities are stressed.

ECD 1205
Curriculum for Young Children
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A survey of methods of curriculum planning for early childhood facilities is presented. Goals, objectives, motivational techniques, teaching methods, unit planning, lesson plan construction and creative activities are emphasized.

HEC 1101
Nutrition
3
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This course deals with topics involving the fundamentals and principles of normal nutrition and metabolism, food values, and requirements for maintenance and growth. Emphasis is placed on essential nutrients and current nutritional topics.

ELEC
Psychology Elective marked
3
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Term Total
16
Semester 3
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FA2014
SP2015
ECD 2201
Administering Childhood Facilities
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Topics included are state agencies and regulations, public relations, selecting and managing staff, selecting space and equipment, managing money and monitoring programming.

ECD 2203
Early Childhood Seminar I
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This seminar will be offered to students who have needs in the following areas: on the job training orientation, new techniques in childhood teaching, personal and career enhancement strategies and refresher instruction to post graduates of Early Childhood Development.

ENG 1201
Communications
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This course is designed to develop the student's appreciation of the value of communication between individuals and between business and industries. It is to provide a practical application for today's trades, business, and industrial workers, particularly in the comprehension and expression of written English as it applies to business letters, reports, and memoranda.

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ELEC
English Elective marked
3
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ELEC
Math Elective marked
3
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ELEC
Practicum Elective marked
5
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Term Total
17
Semester 4
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FA2014
SP2015
ECD 2205
Early Childhood Seminar II
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This seminar will be offered to students who have needs in the following areas: on the job training orientation, new techniques in childhood teaching, personal and career enhancement strategies and refresher instruction to post graduates of Early Childhood Development.

ELEC
Practicum Elective marked
5
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EDU 1114
Educating Exceptional Children
3
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Introductory course is an overview of special educational services for exceptional children. It surveys all areas of exceptionality, including identification, intervention strategies, methods, and programs to meet the student's special needs. Identification and utilization of legal aspects including applicable federal and state laws, structure of services, role of general classroom and special education personnel, background knowledge in classroom management, and remediation of behaviors will be discussed. Techniques for gathering, analyzing, and utilizing assessment data for developing IEP will be covered. Awareness of the role of general education and the inclusion of the exceptional individual including accommodations and modification of academic standards will be discussed. Impact of the exceptional individual on family, public school education, and transition for this individual after completion of their public school program will be covered. Awareness of concerns for the future of special education for exceptional individuals will be discussed.

EDU 2105
Science in the Elementary School
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This course is an introduction to the teaching of science in the elementary school. It includes disciplines, principles, and topics in the elementary school science curriculum. The course emphasizes laboratory, demonstrations, and projects as tools for motivating scientific thinking and learning of basic science skills.

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ELEC
Science Elective marked
4
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ELEC
Humanities Elective marked
3
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Term Total
16
Practicum Electives
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FA2014
SP2015
ECD 1207
Child Study and Field Observation
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This course reviews case studies, studies anecdotal records, presents outside readings and utilizes diagnostic tools for studying children. The field experience will include action research, supervised observational activities, individual student participation as well as evaluative reporting on the physical, emotional, social, and mental value of each educational setting for children.

ECD 2202
Childhood Teaching Practicum
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The course is a supervised teaching and caregiving experience for young children. The student teacher/caregiver will demonstrate skills of educational planning, providing effective classroom discipline, and motivational techniques for teaching young children. Variable practicum hours based on seventy-five hours equated to one semester hour of credit.

ECD 2204
Early Childhood Practicum
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The course is a supervised, on the job experience of caring and teaching the child in a group setting. The student will develop educational plans for teaching and caring for children. An individual training agreement will be developed for each student to assist them in meeting educational objectives necessary for their teaching objectives.

ECD 2208
Early Childhood Teaching Lab II
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The student will, in a laboratory format or setting, demonstrate skills of early childhood instruction. Eight hours of laboratory credit will be given and one hour of lecture. The lecture session will involve a discussion of teaching techniques, problems, and evaluation of results.

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Electives
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FA2014
SP2015
PSY 2109
Human Growth and Development
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This course is a study of the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of the individual across the entire human lifespan. Emphasis is placed upon development of emotional states, typical patterns of adjustments, principles of human growth, and practical applications of research findings to everyday life. PREREQUISITE: PSY 1101 General Psychology I or consent of instructor.

PSY 2104
Child Psychology
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This course is designed to give a comprehensive approach to theory of child development. Topics may include prenatal development, genetics, motor, language, cognitive, emotional, and social development from infancy to adolescence. This course will emphasize the integration of biological, psychological, and social/cultural factors in the development of the child. Theoretical material, research, and an introduction to research methodology applied to the study of childhood will be presented. PREREQUISITE: PSY 1101 General Psychology I or consent of instructor.

PSY 2111
Abnormal Psychology
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This is a survey course in abnormal behavior or psychopathology. Areas studied include:cross-cultural views of psychopathology, psychological perspectives of deviant behavior, the D. S. M. IVTR classification, etiological determinants, treatment for behavioral disorders, and prognostic estimates for various mental illnesses. PREREQUISITE: PSY 1101 General Psychology I or consent of instructor.

ENG 1111
Composition I
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Composition I is an introductory course in composition and rhetoric emphasizing expository prose. Major focus is on organization, paragraph structure, and elimination of mechanical errors. The writing course sequence will (1) develop awareness of the writing process; (2) provide inventional, organizational, and editorial strategies; (3) stress the variety of uses for writing; and (4) emphasize critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing. Grade of C or better is required for IAI transfer credit. (Not to be used for humanities credit)

ENG 1201
Communications
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This course is designed to develop the student's appreciation of the value of communication between individuals and between business and industries. It is to provide a practical application for today's trades, business, and industrial workers, particularly in the comprehension and expression of written English as it applies to business letters, reports, and memoranda.

Term Total
Program Total
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