Professional Studies AS– Education Option

Code: AS.PS.EDUC
Concentrations: Early Childhood or Education (Elementary, Middle School or Secondary)

The AS.PS.EDUC option prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions to pursue Teacher Certification in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary, Middle School or Secondary Education. Students in this option take courses on topics related to the practical applications of major educational theories, how to professionally conduct classroom observations, evaluate student learning, explore research and evidence-based practices for teaching, how to develop engaging and instructional lesson plans, and  also have the opportunity to demonstrate lessons to students in  field classrooms. Additionally, students are introduced to topics related to: foundations and history of the education system, the organization and structure of schools systems, the integration of technology in education, teaching exceptional and diverse students, and concepts related to multicultural education.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze, through observation and reflection, a variety of educational philosophies and approaches and develop personal learning styles and an individual teaching philosophy.
  • Compare a variety of instructional strategies and methods that address individual learners and learning styles in order to develop collaborative critical thinking and creative problem solving skills in a variety of student populations.
  • Employ effective interpersonal, instructional and cultural communication techniques in order to foster active learning, dialogue, collaboration, and positive interaction with peers, school officials, parents and learners.
  • Demonstrate the understanding and knowledge needed to promote cross-cultural understanding and educational equity in the classroom, through the adaptation of curriculum, coupled with instructional strategies, to meet the diverse needs of students.
  • Design inquiry-based learning experiences that integrate technologies to engage students in individual and collaborative learning. 
  • Describe what it means to be a competent, ethical and professional teacher in a democratic, diverse and technological society in order to develop commitment to professional growth and to the legal and ethical responsibilities of public school teachers.

Career Pathways

Assistant or Substitute Teacher  Group Teacher
Tutor/ Mentor
Paraprofessional
Teacher's Aide
 

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective*- Recommended: MAT-130  3
  Technology Elective* - Recommended: INF-102 1
COM  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102   3
  Free Elective**  3
EDU-101Introduction to Education

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective - Recommended:  HIS-102 3
EDU... Program Concentration Requirement  3
EDU-102Inclusion and the Exceptional Child

3

PSY-101General Psychology

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

  Natural Science Elective* - Recommended BIO-101 4
  Humanities Elective* - Recommended: LAN Level I 3
EDU...  Program Concentration Requirement  3
  Free Elective 3
Total Credit Hours:13

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective*  4
EDU... Program Concentration Requirement 6
  Humanities Electives* - Recommended: LAN Level II 3
  Social Science Elective* - Recommended: PSY-201 3
Total Credit Hours:16

Program Concentrations

After the first semester, students will select a track that aligns with the career they wish to pursue.

Education

EDU-110Foundations of Multicultural Education

3

EDU-140Educational Technology

3

EDU-201Principles and Practices in Education

3

PSY-103Educational Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:12


Early Childhood

EDU...  Choose one: EDU-130 or EDU-110 3
EDU-120Early Child Development

3

EDU-220Teaching & Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom

3

EDU-226Supervised Field Work Experience

3

Total Credit Hours:12


General Education Requirements

Communication

COM... Choose COM-100 or COM-102 3
WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Recommended: LAN I, II in a sequence

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Recommended: PSY-201

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology Electives*

Mathematics:Select [one 3-credit general education course in Mathematics (MAT) AND a 1-credit general education course in Information Technilogy (INF-102)]
OR
Select one 4-credit general education course in Mathematics (MAT):

Recommended: MAT-130

Natural Science: Two general education courses to be selected from these fields: Biology (BIO); Chem(CHM); Physics(PHY)

Recommended: BIO-101

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

EDU... Program Concentration Requirement
12
  Humanities Elective - Recommended: HIS-102 3
EDU-101Introduction to Education

3

EDU-102Inclusion and the Exceptional Child

3

PSY-101General Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:24

Free Electives**

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

* General Education Elective(s)

** IST-123 will fulfill 3 Free Elective credits for students who place into the course.

The PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators is an exam that measures basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. A passing score on the Praxis exam is used to determine entry into teacher preparation programs at 4-year colleges and universities.