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Early Childhood

Last updated 4/9/2014

Associate in Arts Codes 1114

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


Students planning to major in early childhood education at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum for early childhood education. In order to be accepted in the Illinois Teacher Preparation Programs, students must pass the TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency) test or the ACT test (to a certain standard). Students taking the required courses gain experience and information withc can help them determine whether their career goals align with teacher certification programs. The completion of the course of student 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 transfer 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. More specifically, the courses below are designed to facilitate a transfer to Western Illinois University. Even while designed for WIU, students should talk with both a WIU and BHC advisor regarding their selection of courses.

Early Childhood
Associate in Arts Codes 1114
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
CD 100 — Introduction to Early Childhood (3)
CD 200 — Growth and Development of Young Child (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
PSYC 100 — Introduction to Psychology (3)
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers (3)
*ENG 101 — Composition I (3)

Second Semester
CD 202 — Obser/Guid/Assessmt Y.C. (3)
CD 203 — Curriculum for Early Childhood Prog (3)
*MATH 100 — Math for Elementary Teachers I (3)
ART 100 — Art Appreciation (3)
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)

Third Semester
**MATH 200 — Math for Elementary Teachers II (3)
Physical Science Elective (3)
HIST 105 — History of the United States to 1877  or  (3)
HIST 106 — History of the US Since 1877
Humanities Elective (3)
EDUC 210 — The Exceptional Child (3)

Fourth Semester
Life Science Elective (4)
Electives (2)
MUSC 154 — Music Appreciation (3)
GEOG 105 — Introductory Regional Geography (3)
POLS 122 — American National Government (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree                   64

*Students will take the COMPASS test to determine eligibility
for ENG 101 and MATH 100

**Students must take MATH 100 before taking MATH 200

Courses for this program include: »

ART 100 Art Appreciation
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction of the world of fine and applied arts. Great works of art are examined as expressions of a culture, a historical period, the creative personality, and process of making art. IAI: F2 900

CD 100 Introduction to Early Childhood
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
General overview of the history, the present and future outlook of early childhood education. Students study types of early childhood programs, develop techniques and observational skills of working with young children and families, and investigate early childhood career paths.

CD 200 Growth and Development of Young Child
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Covers social, emotional, physical and intellectual aspects of child growth and development from birth through adolescence. Emphasis is on the stages of development and understanding these factors in working with children.

CD 202 Observ/Guid/Assessmt Y.C.
3 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Pre- or co-requisite: ENG 101 or Comm 100.
Studies observational techniques, to assess and guide behavior which facilitates the development of the young child. Students will understand ethics of assessment, as well as improving their observational and guidance skills. Students will develop and understand the relationship between careful observation, assessment, and effective interaction with children.

CD 203 Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Pre- or co-requisite: ENG 101 or Comm 100.
Curriculum planning according to developmental needs of children in early childhood settings. Theories of curriculum development will be analyzed and applied to early childhood settings.

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

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.)

GEOG 105 Introductory Regional Geography
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of the world’s cultural, economic, historical, political, environmental and physiographic features. The regions examined and discussed include Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. IAI: S4 900N

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

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.)

MUSC 154 Music Appreciation
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For non-music majors only. Study of literature of music emphasizing important composers and prevailing styles of various eras. Outside listening is required. IAI: F1 900

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

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