A.A. Education Pathway
Why Education Pathway?This two-year (63(64) credit) pathway offers course work leading to an Associate of Arts Degree for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor's degree in Elementary or Secondary Education. Courses are designed to provide the initial foundational program to prepare qualified teachers and related personnel for the public school system. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they expect to transfer and select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisor.
At the conclusion of this program students will possess the basic liberal arts educational core to:
|First Year - Fall Semester     15(16) Credits||Credits|
EDU 101EDU 101 - Teaching and Learning: A Critical Introduction to Public Education
A Critical Introduction to Public Education. This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of public education and the role of the classroom teacher in today’s public schools.
|Teaching and Learning: A Critical Introduction to Public Education||3|
WRIT 101WRIT 101 - College Writing I
This is an introductory writing course with emphasis on writing to a targeted audience. College Writing I prepares students for success in a wide variety of academic and vocational writing concerns. The writing process, formal voice, audience concerns, close reading strategies, effective styles and techniques, and the use of the computer as a writing tool are covered. Asserting and supporting a central claim and using MLA documentation and format are addressed. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement.
|College Writing I||3|
PSYX 100PSYX 100 - Intro to Psychology
This course is an introduction to the methods of study in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience, including an overview of physiological aspects of behavior, sensation, perception, research methodology, statistics, learning principles, motivation, intelligence, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality, therapy, and social psychology.
|Intro to Psychology||3|
|Introduction to Public Speaking||3|
|Mathematics Core Requirement||3(4)||Second Year - Spring Semester     16 Credits||Credits|
WRIT 201WRIT 201 - College Writing II
This course provides experience in writing essays based on close readings of more demanding texts. Students will come to understand more fully the intellectual demands of an academic discourse community by preparing essays designed to meet more rigorous expectations. WRIT 201 is designed to prepare transfer students to succeed in their junior- and senior-level courses by exposing them to Modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) documentation, critical thinking strategies, and logical construction of arguments. Students will complete developed essays that emphasize writing as a process of drafting and revising. Pre-requisite: WRIT 101.
|College Writing II||3|
CAPP 120CAPP 120 - Introduction to Computers
This course emphasizes the practical aspects of today's computing environment. Instruction includes the basic computer architecture and operation, hardware, operating systems, network communication, ethical issues associated with computers, and aspects of integrated software with an emphasis on business applications.
|Introduction to Computers||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts Core Requirement||3|
|Science Core Requirement & Lab - Physical Science||3,1|
|Elective||3||Second Year - Fall Semester     16 Credits||Credits|
EDSP 204EDSP 204 - Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners
This course prepares the aspiring classroom teacher to be an effective professional delivering appropriate service to the exceptional learner while including them in the regular classroom. Study of the historical origins of special education lays the foundation for understanding the role of federal guidelines when it comes to determining who can receive special education services, and defining exactly how those services must be delivered. Collaboration between teacher, parent and educational team members is emphasized as the student explores the variety of services, appropriate settings for delivery of those services, and the process used for IEP development for each challenged learner.
|Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners||3|
|Introduction to Native American Studies||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts Core Requirement||3|
|Science Core Requirement & Lab - Life Science||3,1|
|Elective||3||Second Year - Spring Semester     16 Credits||Credits|
EDU 222EDU 222 - Educational Psychology and Child Development
This course will examine the classroom practices that impact elementary aged children’s learning motivation and development within an educational, familial, and societal context. Topics included will be developmental growth of children, including physical, cognitive and psychosocial. It is recommended that Education Pathway majors co-enroll in EDU 202 Early Field Experience to meet any practical requirements they may encounter at their transfer institutions. Pre-requisite PSYX 100.
|Educational Psychology and Child Development||3|
EDU 202EDU 202 - Early Field Experience
This course is designed to provide the beginning student majoring in Education with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the environment, activities and relationships on-going in a regular primary or secondary classroom setting. Students are required to observe 30 hours in a classroom, (i.e. 3 hours of observation for 10 weeks.). Co-requisite EDU 222.
|Early Field Experience||1|
HSTA 101HSTA 101 - American History I
This course combines the mainstream historical political diplomatic-economic approach to American history with the historians continuing interest in social and cultural developments. HSTA 101 begins with the pre-Colonial era and continues through the Revolutionary-Constitutional period, westward expansion, the sectional crises, and the Civil War.
|American History I||3|
HSTA 102HSTA 102 - American History II
This course is a survey of American history from the Post bellum era to the present. Topics covered include Reconstruction, the American West, urbanization and industrialization, imperialism, American involvement in the two world wars, the New Deal, and postwar developments. The postwar era focuses on the rapidly changing course of events relative to the nation’s economy, the Civil Rights era, and the Cold War. The history of social and cultural trends is integrated throughout this course.
|American History II||(3)|
SOCI 101SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a study of society and social interaction. Sociological methods, culture, socialization, social groups, social inequality, social institutions, collective behavior, and theories of social change are covered. Social theories are integrated with individual topics.
|Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts Elective||3|
Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.