Course Descriptions - Spring

Please Note: Courses descriptions for Spring 2020; for earlier terms, please contact enrollment services for the appropriate class schedule.

This a list of all courses the College can offer; the College does not offer all courses every semester. For the current semester's courses, go to the class schedule. The class schedule provides more complete information, including course description, instructor, course fee, and textbook required.

AC, Heat & Refrigeration Tech
Automotive Tech
Basic Nurse Assistant Training
CAD Computer-Aided Design
Cannabis Disp & Patient Care
College Studies
Computer Apps for Business
Computer Information Systems
Computer Networking & Systems
Computer Science
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
Elder Care Support
Electronic/Computer Technology
Facilities Mgt & Engineering
Financial Services
Fire Science
Geographic Information Systems
Global Business Studies
Graphic Design
Health Information Technology
Horticultural Therapy
Human Services
Independent Study
Law Enforcement
Manufacturing Technology
Mechanical Design
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Assistant
Paralegal Studies
Physical Education
Physical Therapist Assistant
Political Science
Social Science

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EDN100 - Preparing for the TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency)
Course is designed to prepare prospective teachers to take and pass the TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency) by refreshing and/or improving skills and abilities in reading, language arts, writing and mathematics. Students must have basic computer skills. The length of course will vary as it may be possible for students to “competency out” before the end of the semester.
1-2 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-2; lab: 1-2)

EDN101 - Introduction to Education
Course provides overview of teaching as a profession in the American educational system. Course examines the historical, social and philosophical development and current state of American public education. Issues, policies, and trends in education are explored, including diversity and equity, organizational structure, governance, finance, law and ethics. Fifteen hours in local, K-12 school settings are required.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EDN104 - Pre-Clinical Observation in Education
Course provides opportunity for observation in a local school for students planning on transferring to a four-year College of Education. Content includes thirty hours of required in-school experiences in a local K-12 school; initial class meeting to prepare for pre-clinical experience; and final class meeting to reflect upon pre-clinical experience. During the observation period, this course is conducted on-line. Prerequisite: EDN 101 or concurrent enrollment in EDN 101.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

EDN180 - Diversity in School and Society
Course explores how schooling is shaped by the social contexts in which it occurs, particularly in multicultural and global contexts. Students investigate aspects of their own cultural identity and biases alongside comparative explorations of various culturally distinct groups in the United States and globally.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EDN201 - Educational Psychology
Course focuses on application of psychological principles to educational practice. Content includes cognitive and psychological development, human learning, and motivation, with emphasis on application for learner-centered instruction, assessment, and diversity. Twelve hours in local, K-12 school settings are required. Students cannot receive credit for both EDN 201 and PSY 201. Prerequisite: None; PSY101 recommended.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EDN210 - Technology in Education
Course provides hands-on experience in using technology for education majors, while considering historic interplay of education and new technologies. Content includes finding, analyzing, organizing, presenting and implementing information related to use of technology in education; analyzing role of technology in education in society; developing strategies to compensate for possible digital divide among students. Focus is on increasing technological fluency, and developing creative and meaningful integration of technology into teaching in today’s inclusive classrooms. Course is designed for future Education majors. Recommended: Keyboarding; basic skill in word processing; basic skill in utilizing the Internet and social media applications.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EDN260 - Introduction to the Foundations of Reading
Course builds repertoire of methods encompassing balanced, insightful approach to reading program. Content includes learning needs and learning styles of all students, theoretical frameworks, and practical applications for teaching and improving reading. English language arts standards as part of the New Illinois State Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core are included. Ten hours tutoring children in a local, K-12 school setting are required. Prerequisite: EDN 101 or concurrent enrollment in EDN 101
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EDN280 - Students with Disabilities in School
Course surveys historical, philosophical and legal foundations of K-12 special education. Content includes overview of the characteristics of individuals with disabilities, programs that serve them under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and diversity of the populations of individuals with disabilities, as well as human diversity in general. Twenty hours in local, K-12 school settings are required. Prerequisite: PSY 201 or concurrent enrollment in PSY 201.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EDN290 - Topics in Educational Foundations
Course explores selected topics in educational foundations. Content included varies, and may focus on particular aspects of history, sociology, and philosophy of education, and comparative education. EDN 290 may be repeated up to three times on different topics for a maximum of twelve credit hours. Prerequisite: EDN 101 or consent of instructor.
1-3 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-3; lab: 0)

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