Course Descriptions: educ

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 20 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 students with the beginning foundation for meeting the National Standards for Early Childhood Educators through an overview of early childhood education history and philosophy, variations in child development and high quality practices for teaching 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 outcome-based curriculum that provides the foundation for intentional teaching in early childhood education. Students explore classroom management, curriculum development, diversity and inclusion, ethical considerations, classroom technology, literacy development and incorporation of various curriculum models. Students participate with children in the laboratory preschool setting under the supervision of an instructor and have responsibilities for curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation.

Educ202 Infants and Toddlers 3 hours

Provides a basis of knowledge about normal and exceptional development from conception to three years of age. Studies infants and toddlers as developing individuals within diverse family and social contexts. Emphasizes principles of caregiving, the physical environment, program and communication necessary for these children as well as the educarer’s relationship with the family. Offered alternate years.

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 initial 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. An Integration Source Course.

Educ211 Child Health Care 3 hours

Provides a survey of information, concepts and issues concerning health, safety, nutrition and physical fitness for children. Emphasis will be placed on a philosophy of preventive health and safety, including personal awareness, education and the establishment of lifelong healthy habits for the student and the children and families with whom s/he will work in the future. Students who do not have current Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certificates will complete them. 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.

Educ287 Cooperative Education 1 to 3 hours