Educ103 Introduction to Education 3 hours

A comprehensive, collaborative and reflective study of K-12 educational issues. Includes educational philosophies and history of education, teaching strategies and theories, working with diverse student populations, assessment, cooperative learning and other relevant issues. Includes 30 hours of field experience with placement in nearby schools. Students will examine issues from a pre-professional educator perspective and create a personal educational portfolio to use in their career. Assists students in making an informed decision about their educational career.

Educ104 Field Experience 1 hour

Builds upon Educ 103 and provides opportunity for students to experience K-12 education first hand. The instructor places students in local schools for 30 hours of observation and interaction. In-class and small-group discussions during weekly class sessions students reflect upon school experiences and discuss such topics as classroom climate, lesson design and behavior management. Prerequisite: Educ 103.

Educ200 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 hours

Provides an overview of early childhood education history and philosophy, variations in child development and developmentally appropriate teaching practices for young children. Includes study of specific curriculum areas and assessment techniques. Students observe and participate in the college laboratory preschool one session a week.

Educ201 Teaching/Learning Strategies in ECE 3 hours

Includes theory, practice and development of early childhood education curriculum. Focuses on school, family and community interactions; ethics for teachers; curriculum models and development; specific focus on music and movement, literacy development, literature and art curriculum areas; and student assessment. Students participate in the laboratory preschool under the supervision of an instructor and have responsibilities for planning and implementing learning activities. Prerequisite: Educ 200 with grade of C or better or consent of instructor.

Educ202 Infants and Toddlers 3 hours

Emphasizes normal and exceptional development from conception to three years of age. Studies infants and toddlers as developing individuals within diverse family and social contexts. Provides an in-depth look at quality group care and communication with families.

Educ207 Early Childhood Environments 3 hours

Explores major aspects of ECE: historical foundations, theories, current types of programs and practices, recent trends and issues and cultural diversity. Students develop and write their own beginning personal philosophy of education. They observe in a variety of schools and educare programs serving children birth to age eight, with the selection of specific programs based on the student’s interests and plans. Prerequisites: sophomore standing, Educ 103 or Educ 200 or consent of instructor.

Educ210 Diverse Learners 3 hours

A comprehensive, collaborative and reflective study of educating diverse learners in the K-12 classroom. Includes intensive study and understanding of many diversities, including cultural and linguistic diversity, learning disabilities, autism and behavior disorders among others. Discusses laws and legislation as well as Response to Intervention tiers and strategies. Educ 210 is designed to prepare future educators to welcome, appreciate, understand and accommodate all types of diversity in their classrooms. Students will examine issues from a pre-professional educator perspective. Prerequisite: Educ 103.

Educ211 Child Health Care 3 hours

Provides a survey of information and skills necessary to provide for and teach about health, physical fitness, safety and nutrition in educare settings and elementary schools. Students earn Red Cross CPR and First Aid certificates. Offered alternate years.

Educ275 Field Experience in Early Childhood Education 2 to 4 hours

Provides the opportunity to participate as an assistant teacher in the preschool program at Hesston College Preschool. Students apply principles and techniques to plan, implement and evaluate a curriculum that facilitates children’s learning. Students develop skills in child observation, classroom management, teamwork, relating with families, meeting specific needs of children and leadership. The ratio of work hours to credit hours is at least 60:1. Prerequisites: Educ 200 and 201. Four hour Field Experience required for A.A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education.

Educ287 Cooperative Education 1 to 3 hours