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Education Pre-Teaching (Elementary) AA

Associate in Arts Codes 1014

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Catherine Melear, 309-796-5988, melearc@bhc.edu
East Campus
Assistant Dean, 309-854-1723


Students planning to major in elementary education, special education or early childhood education at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum for education pre-teaching. In order to be accepted in the Illinois Teacher Preparation Programs, students must pass the TAP (Test of Academic Proficienty) test or the ACT test (to a certain standard). Students taking the suggested courses gain experience and information which can help them determine whether their career goals align with teacher certification programs. The completion of the course of study outlined below will satisfy the graduation requirements of Black Hawk College.

Since all universities require specific courses for education majors, students should identify the school of transfer early. Because requirements in all education curricula frequently change and usually vary by institution, students should consult a BHC advisor each term and, in addition, talk with an education advisor at the transfer school to confirm appropriate course selection throughout their course of study at Black Hawk College. The courses listed below do not apply to every transfer school.

Education Pre-Teaching (Elementary) AA
Associate in Arts Codes 1014
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

Elementary Education or Special Education
First Semester

1,2ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
10Humanities (3)
3Life Science (4)
PSYC 101 — Introductory Psychology (3)
1,2SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)

Second Semester
1,2ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
4 Fine Arts (3)
POLS 122 — American National Government (3)
HIST 105 — History of the United States to 1877  or  (3)
HIST 106 — History of the United States Since 1877
1,2MATH 100 — Math for Elementary Teachers I (3)

Third Semester
HPE 260 — Physical Education Grades 1-6 (3)
1,2MATH 200 — Math for Elementary Teachers II (3)
EDUC 202 — Multicultural/Soc Found of Ed (3)
4Physical Science (4)
6,7PSYC 200 — Human Growth and Development  or  (3)

Fourth Semester
EDUC 210 — The Exceptional Child (2)
ENG 240 — Children’s Literature (3)
8HEAL 102 Living in a Changing World (2)
3Life  or  Physical Science (4)
5Non-Western Studies (3)
9,11 Elective (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

Notes for elementary education students planning to transfer to WIU (Associate in Arts Codes 1040). A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is needed for admission and continuance in the Teacher Education Program at WIU. In addition, a grade of “C” or better is required in all directed general education courses, all core courses and all courses in the major. These notes are not intended to be a contract with WIU. This information is subject to change. Final responsibility for verifying transfer information lies with the student.

1Grade of C or Better required.
2Part of entrance requirements to teacher education.
3Students must have a total of 8 semester hours in science; at least one course must be a laboratory science course. Typically, students meet this requirement by taking laboratory courses in physical and life science.
4Select MUSC 153 or MUSC 154.
5Select GEOG 105
6Elementary education students select PSYC 200. Early childhood education students select CD 100 (fall only) and CD 200 (fall only). WIU Early childhood education majors do not take PSYC 200 or PSYC 290.
7Early childhood education students take CD 202 (spring only) and CD 203 (spring only).
8A human well being course is not required for students transferring to WIU after earning the AA or AS degree.
9If earning a math endorsement from WIU, select MATH 100, MATH 124, MATH 225, CS 121, CS 225 or CS 251
10Select ART 100
11General electives.

Students must consult with transfer institution as early as possible in their college career.

Courses for this program include: »

EDUC 202 Multicultural/Soc Found of Ed
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of the social, linguistic, and cultural factors that affect the educational experiences, practices, and environments in America. This course broadens students’ understanding of the diverse nature of the contexts that either enhance or negate one’s educational experiences. (Grade of C required for transfer into Ed programs, Field Experience: 10 hours required.)

EDUC 210 The Exceptional Child
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A survey of characteristics of learners with diverse disabilities as delineated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and the impact of these characteristics on their education.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

ENG 240 Children’s Literature
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENG 101 “C” or better.
A study of formal and thematic elements of several genres of children’s literature (fables, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, picture books, novels, etc.). IAI: H3 918

HEAL 102 Living in a Changing World
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Focuses on wise health practices and consumer health service information.

HIST 105 History of the United States to 1877
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the history of the United States from the discovery of America through 1865, including settlement and westward expansion, the development of the American government, the growth of the American economy, the evolution of an American style of life and thought, and the development of sectionalism culminating in the Civil War. IAI: S2 900

HIST 106 History of the United States Since 1877
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: HIST 105 not required for enrollment.
Examines history of the United States from close of the Civil War through the present, including the rise of the U.S. as a major world power, the continued growth and development of the federal government, efforts to improve the status of minorities and women, the growth of the economy, and the changing pattern of American life. IAI: S2 901

HPE 260 Physical Education, Grades 1-6
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Activities, materials and techniques for teaching physical education on the elementary school level.

MATH 100 Math for Elementary Teachers I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate algebra placement score, or MATH 086, 090, or 091 “C” or better and MATH 085 “C” or better, or appropriate geometry placement score.
First course in a two-course sequence designed for elementary education majors. Topics in this course include sets, whole numbers, functions, numeration and computation, number theory, integers, rational numbers, decimals, proportions, percents, real numbers, and mathematical reasoning. General education credit given only to students in curricula leading to state certifications for elementary teachers and/or special education teachers.

MATH 200 Math for Elementary Teachers II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 100 “C” or better.
Second course in a two-course sequence designed for elementary education majors. Topics in this course include statistics, probability, geometric figures, measurement, geometric transformations, and coordinate geometry. General education credit given only to students in curricula leading to state certification as elementary teachers and/or special education teachers. IAI: M1 903 (Must take Math 100 and Math 200 for IAI use.)

POLS 122 American National Government
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the development and operation of the U.S. national system of government; evolution of the Constitution; the organization, powers, and functions of the three branches of government; the practice and limitations of American politics; and the interrelationships with state and local governments. IAI: S5 900

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

PSYC 200 Human Growth and Development
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
Explores the neurobiological, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of humans from conception through adulthood. Examines theories and principles of human development in light of contemporary research, emphasizing normal developmental stages and patterns of adjustment to differing life-time demands. IAI: S6 902

PSYC 290 Educational Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
The application of research-based psychological principles to education and teaching-learning processes. Special emphasis on understanding growth and development, the learning process, motivation, intelligence, evaluation, measurement, creativity and the impact of culture on learning styles.

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

Last updated 8/4/14