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Education Course Descriptions

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ED 101A Introduction to Education3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
A comprehensive survey of preschool, elementary and secondary teaching, stressing objectives and philosophy, student guidance, curriculum study and methods of teaching. Opportunities to explore professional education as a career, directed observation and professional readings are included. Students are introduced to Muskegon Community College’s library; facilities and research techniques are discussed by library staff. Twenty-five (25) hours minimum of fieldwork is required for all students during the semester, allowing for practical experience in the field.

ED 103 Constructive Play for the Developing Child1 Credit Hour – 1 Contact Hour
Prerequisite: None
This course will examine the dynamics of play relative to early childhood education. We will discover how young children develop through play. Students will learn to recognize play as a learning medium, study educational theories of play, and learn how to create a meaningful play environment. Fifteen hours of fieldwork are required. (May be used towards CDA renewal.)

ED 106 Introduction to Outdoor Education2 Credit Hours – 2 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
This course presents information, techniques and activities for exploring the positive relationships between the individual and the natural environment of the outdoor world. It provides students hands-on learning experiences and teaches learning functions of community living and cooperation away from home. Emphasis is placed upon living and learning with children in an outdoor educational environment. Twenty-five hours of on-site fieldwork are required. (May be taken for CDA renewal.)

ED 107 Child Care: Operating a Successful Business3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
Existing licensed centers and child care providers will develop an understanding of administrative and business responsibilities, record keeping, taxes, curriculum development, personnel, parent involvement and the developmental growth needs of child care setting. Twenty-five (25) hours minimum of fieldwork are required (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 108 Creativity in the Classroom2 Credit Hours – 2 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
Creativity will be explored as a potential/need of every human person, as a necessity for living fully in today’s world, and as an essential element in the education of children. Our model for education will be the creative learning process. A philosophical foundation and practical ideas/materials for stimulating creativity will be provided in this course. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required. (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 109 The Parent-Child Connection3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
This course will develop an understanding of the parenting process and present content and research basic to fundamental concepts, issues and skills in child rearing. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required. (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 111 Introduction of the Education of Young Children3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: An interview with the program coordinator
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of early education, and to the certificate programs offered by the Education Department. The education of young children will be examined from a broad perspective. Various philosophies, program models and current trends in early childhood education will be emphasized. Criteria for safe, healthy, exemplary early childhood programs, developmentally appropriate practices, and learning environments – including multi-cultural and special needs – will be examined. Training prescriptions will be developed for all students. Field trips to day care centers or preschools, and twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required. ED 111 is a prerequisite for all students seeking the CDA Certificate.

ED 116 Children’s Poetry1 Credit Hour – 1 Contact Hour
Prerequisite: None
Poetry will be reviewed as a natural phenomenon in the lives of children. It is seen as necessary for living fully in today’s world and is an essential element in the education of children. This course will focus on the nature of poetry as it relates to the developmental stages of childhood. Subject matter, intent, sensory relationships, mechanics and form will be explored. Fifteen hours of fieldwork are required. (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 117 The Whole Child3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
This on-line and video series covers topics of central importance to the education and development of your children. Watch the interaction of teachers and children in a variety of settings. Real caregivers work with children from multi-cultural backgrounds and all developmental levels. (Computer/Internet skills are needed.) Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 118 Creative Curriculum for Children3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
Program development will be offered in the areas of science, social studies, art, music, outdoor environment, language arts, math, multi-cultural learning, and reading. Instructional techniques, curriculum materials, guidance, school/family relationships, and community resources will be investigated. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required. (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 120A Early Childhood Education3 Credit Hours – 4 Contact Hours
An introduction to current practices in early childhood education as related to the total growth and development of young children. Professional staff responsibility, program development, scheduling, evaluation and instructional techniques will be investigated. Curriculum materials, guidance, school-family relationships, community resources and significant child development research will be explored. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 200 Literacy Birth to Five3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
Emphasis will be placed on developing literacy in the young child age 0-5 through appropriate practices, processes, and contexts. Theory and Practice will be linked for success; and Evaluating and Directing Learning will occur. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 202 Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
A study of current philosophies, instructional strategies and materials in the teaching of reading from preschool through middle school grades. Lectures, discussions, readings, research, workshops, and classroom observation/participation will be included. Particular interests in reading at specific age/grade levels may be pursued in depth. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 207 Principles of Elementary Education3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
Appropriate for the elementary school curriculum, this course will include educational philosophies, learning theories, teaching strategies, teaching and support staff responsibilities, parent/community/volunteer involvement, curriculum modeling, trends and innovations, behavior management, scheduling and evaluation, multi-cultural learning opportunities, developmental and special learning and growth needs of children with different learning abilities, special topics, and current research. Particular interests at specific age/grade levels may be pursued in depth. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 210 Child Care and Guidance3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
This is the culminating course in the early childhood education sequence. Instruction is provided in competency and guidance techniques for the young child. Students will write, have proofed and finalize the six “competency goals”. These are required for the credential, in preparation for the final evaluation. Their autobiography and an individualized training prescription will be written by the field advisor following the on-site observation. Counseling, evaluations and recommendations for the completion of the program are provided. A twenty-five hour practicum is required. 

ED 211 Behavior Management3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
A comprehensive review of the theory and practice of behavior management in applied settings. Emphasis will be placed on the development of entry-level competency in behavior analysis and treatment. This will include, but not be limited to, an introduction to the principles of behavior modification as well as the theories and techniques associated with the psychodynamic, biophysical, and environmental perspectives as they relate to the broad field of behavior management. Eighty percent of the classroom content and discussion will be identifying and targeting strategies applicable to the 0-8 year old age group. Students learn three levels of classroom supports: Universal, Targeted and Intensive. Classroom lecture is supported with evidence-based practice. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required. (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 214 Infants and Toddlers3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
The development of the newborn to 36-month-old child is examined in this course. Current research practices and publications of leading child specialists are reviewed as they relate to the cognitive, language, social, emotional and sensory-motor growth of the infant and toddler. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required. 

ED 216 Educating the Exceptional Child and Young Adult3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
A comprehensive survey of professional research, practice, trends and laws in the education of people with special needs. Areas of impairment studied included are the mental, hearing, visual, physical, emotional, and learning disabled. The exceptionality of gifted and talented are examined as well. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required. (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 217 Creative Dramatics1 Credit Hour – 1 Contact Hour
Prerequisite: None
This course is an introduction to creative dramatics appropriate for the classroom, home and community. The goals and concerns of creative drama will be explored as well as the methods for incorporating these techniques into a curriculum. Focus will be centered on the activities that are the basis of every creative dramatics program. A particular interest will be centered on the novice who needs practical advice on how to begin teaching creative thinking and problem-solving. Fifteen hours of fieldwork are required. (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 219 Science in the Elementary Classroom3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
The focus of this course is on learning science concepts and methods relating to the physical environment, and learning to teach the concepts to children. Basic life, earth and physical science content will be taught, as well as instructional methods for application in the elementary school classroom. Students will gain practical knowledge through fieldwork and on-site investigations. The course is designed for prospective elementary school classroom teachers, and is a part of the elementary school curriculum in many colleges. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 220A Early Childhood Assessment2 Credit Hours – 2 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
An introduction to techniques and strategies assessing the behavior, achievement and performance of young children. The importance and value of observations of children, types and varieties of assessment, role of assessment in multicultural settings, importance of portfolio development and observation systems will be discussed. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 221 Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Problems3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: ED 211
This course is designed to enable students to effectively teach children with learning disabilities and emotional or behavioral impairments. The emphasis is on teaching skills and content areas, methods and procedures, interventions and strategies helpful in educating children at risk. The course is required of students enrolled in the Instructional Assistant – Special Education and MCC Teacher Aide Certificate Programs. It is highly desirable and recommended for any student who plans to work with special needs children, or in inclusive classrooms. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required. 

ED 222 Educating the Deaf3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
This course deals with the educational, social and psychological implications of deafness. Historical perspectives and contemporary practices in elementary, secondary and post-secondary deaf education will be explored. Casual factors relative to deafness will be investigated along with current developments in treatment. An additional focus of the course will be interpersonal relationships of deaf members. “No-voice” class assignments and examinations will be designed to develop basic competency in receptive (seeing and understanding) and expressive (signing) use of American Sign Language (ASL). The course could be used as an elective in the A.S.A. degree or in any of the certificate programs, or as an alternative to ED 221 in the Instructional Assistant – Special Education Certificate sequence. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork with hearing impaired are required. (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 223 Child Care Center Administration3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed for those who wish to begin a child care business as well as those already engaged in working as a child care center director. It deals with the nature of childcare, the challenges and procedures of building a new center, classroom design, and analysis of the problems faced by a start up business. Emphasis will be placed on solving practical problems by developing a personnel notebook, a parent/guardian notebook, center notebook, a budget/business plan, designing room space and being prepared to order age appropriate equipment and materials. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 224 Comparative Education3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
An introduction to educational philosophies, methods, patterns of control, financing, organization and relationship with the larger society in selected countries of the world, including the United States. The emphasis is upon comparison, and a comprehensive social science methodology is utilized which examines historical, political, economic, and social factors that serve as the foundation for the educational systems of nations. Systems to be compared are drawn from all regions of the world and are representative of prevailing economic, political, and social conditions. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 225 Child Development3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
Basic issues in the development of infants and children, and methods of studying children will be discussed. In depth exploration of the physical, behavioral, psychosocial and cognitive development of children will be viewed from a multi-cultural perspective. This course may be used in addition to, or in place of ED 250 (Human Growth and Learning) to fill the requirements of all Education Department certificate and degree programs. It may also be used to meet the academic requirements of CDA certificate renewal. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 226 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Early Interventions3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
This course is a comprehensive review of the needs, services and issues for infants and toddlers ages 0-3 at risk and with special needs. The students will begin to understand/develop a team base and collaborative approaches when working with and providing services to children with special needs. In addition, the role of parents and caregivers will also be emphasized. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required, including lab experiences at selected sites. 

ED 227 Educational and Assistive Technology3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisites: Completed ED 101A and CIS 100 or higher
This course will explore the use of technology in teaching as a managerial and instructional tool. There will be a focus of communicative technology for special needs students, especially those that fall on the autism spectrum. Evaluation of various software and technology applications will be provided on an experiential basis. This course is designed to meet the requirements of pre-service technology adopted by the state of Michigan for all entry-level teachers. A minimum of twenty-five (25) hours of fieldwork will be required for all students in an autistic classroom or a special needs classroom that includes autistic diagnosed children and/or adults.

ED 228 Creative Curriculum, Infants, Toddlers and Twos3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
This class will provide participants with an overview and thorough understanding of Infant and Toddler Curriculum and it utilization for Infants, Toddlers and Twos. The class will include how to best use a curriculum tool, as well as how to use an assessment piece for curriculum as a means of collecting useful outcomes information that will benefit programs with future planning. A site visit is required if the student has not had one for the ED 120A class. A minimum of twenty-five (25) hours of fieldwork will be required for all students in the area of Infants & Toddlers.

ED 229 Fundamental Concepts of Autism Spectrum3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: Completed ED 101A and CIS 100 or higher
This course will explore autism from birth through adulthood in four distinctive age groups. It is designed to assist caregivers, family, educators, health care professionals and others in recognizing autistic characteristics and understanding the effects of implementation of early intervention strategies and programs. A minimum of 25 hours of fieldwork will be required for all students in an autistic classroom or special needs classroom that includes ASD diagnosed children and/or adults.

ED 230 Children’s Literature3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
This course will investigate literature for children, and appropriate learning activities suitable for the preschool, elementary, and middle school student. Relationships are explored between child development, school curricula, instructional strategies, language arts, multi-cultural activities, and literature. Particular interests in the practical application of literature with specific age/grade/ levels may be pursued in depth. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required.

ED 231 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Therapies I3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisites: Completed ED 101A and CIS 100 or higher
This is the first course in a series of two that transmit information on how teachers and others can support and teach students on the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) spectrum. Participants will also learn how we can make life for all persons on the autism spectrum more rich and rewarding. Students will have the opportunity to learn up-to-date, comprehensible, and usable information on autism in order to support those on the spectrum. Students must pass a background check and complete 25 hours of fieldwork.

ED 232 Advanced Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Therapies II3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisites: Completed ED 101A and CIS 100 or higher
This is the second course in a series of two that transmit information on how teachers and others can support and teach students on the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) spectrum. Participants will also learn how we can make life for all persons on the autism spectrum more rich and rewarding. Students will have the opportunity to learn up-to-date, comprehensible, and usable information on autism in order to support those on the spectrum. Students must pass a background check and complete 25 hours of fieldwork.

ED 250 Human Growth and Learning3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
A comprehensive study of the human life cycle will be explored. This course will include all stages of growth and development—from birth to death, language acquisition and information processing, learning theories and basic theoretical models. Domains of cognitive, affective, physical and social development will be explored. Current research in the field will be investigated. Students may pursue in-depth interests in human growth/learning at specific age/grade/ability levels. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required. (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 251 Health Needs of the Young Child3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
The emphasis in this course is on identification, treatment, and prevention of common childhood illnesses, and the promotion of good health, safety and nutrition for the young child. Physical and dental health will be emphasized, along with signs and symptoms of illness within varying age groups. Treatment options and procedures for non-professionals will be discussed. Prevention will be focused on how to promote optimum health, how to prevent injuries, and nutritional requirements of young children. Twenty-five hours of fieldwork are required. (May be used for CDA renewal.)

ED 252A Child Development Practicum3 Credit Hours – 6 Contact Hours
Prerequisite/Co-requisite: ED 210
On-the-job experience under the supervision of Education Department with cooperating childcare sites. Written materials and performance appraisal required. This course is graded. Early Childhood Education students only.

ED 272 Education Practicum3 Credit Hours – 6 Contact Hours
Prerequisites: ED 101A, ED 109, or ED 211; and ED 225 or ED 250; and 2.5 GPA; and Education Coordinator’s approval
This course will provide a 240 hour practical on the job experience under guidance of a supervising teacher and college faculty. Placements will include a K-12 setting and give a prospective in preparing for various education environments and student needs.