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Education Pre-Teaching (Secondary) AA

Last updated 4/9/2014

Associate in Arts Code 1025

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


Students planning to major in secondary education may follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts or Science curriculum depending on the discipline in which they choose to major.

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 from institution to 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 (Secondary Education) AA
Associate in Arts Codes 1025
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
PSYC 101 — Introductory Psychology (3)
Major Subject Course (3)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
Fine Arts (3)
HIST 105 — History of the United States to 1877  or  (3)
HIST 106 — History of the United States Since 1877 (4)
Life Science (3)
Major Subject Course (3)

Third Semester
Mathematics (3)
Non-Western Studies (3)
Physical Science (4)
PSYC 200 — Human Growth and Development  or  (3)
Major Subject Course (3)

Fourth Semester
EDUC 210 — The Exceptional Child (2)
POLS 122 — American National Government (3)
Humanities (3)
Life  or  Physical Science (3)
Mathematics  or  Computer Science (3)
Major Subject Course (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

Courses for this program include: »

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.)

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

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

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