Upper Elementary - Middle-Level (Grades 4-8)
Degree Offered: Associate in Science
Credits Required: 63/64
The CCBC Elementary Education program is designed to meet changing requirements in Pennsylvania teacher certification. It combines a selection of education courses with early childhood education courses and liberal arts electives, including the general education core, which prepares students in areas of communication proficiency, information literacy, technology literacy, scientific and quantitative reasoning, and cultural literacy.
Students who graduate may transfer to four-year schools to pursue PreK-Grade 4 or Grades 4-8 Pennsylvania teaching certification. Upon graduation from CCBC, students are also prepared for related positions as teacher assistants, childcare workers, therapeutic staff support, or social work assistants.
All education students at the Community College of Beaver County are required to have field experience and observation hours. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires the following three background checks, before participation in field experience and observations:
- Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check (Act 34)
- Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151)
- Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)
The procedures for obtaining the three reports may be accessed at the Pennsylvania Department of Education website at www.pde.state.pa.us
or by contacting CCBC’s Education faculty.
Curriculum - 1st Year
First Semester - 15 Credits
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3
Middle Level Educaiton is designed to provide both the theoretical background and the practical knowledge of middle level philosophy and organization; development and diversity of the emerging adolescents; middle level curriculum, instruction and assessment. Students will be introdued to the middle level instructional strategies such interdisciplinary, thematic instruction, exploratory learning, and team teaching.
This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders.
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.
Second Semester - 16 Credits
This course prepares all students whose careers will regularly require them to integrate technology into presentations, although it is particularly directed at teacher education majors. Students will be introduced to various technology-based media, the preparation and equipment needed to use the media, and the proper occasions for its use. Students will learn to integrate projection, digitized, and network and web-based technologies into their presentations. 3-0-3
This course is designed to assist students in meeting requirements for admission into Education programs. It provides students in preparing for the Praxis I exam with drills, strategies, and explanations. 1-0-1
This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science, and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: Based on in-house diagnostic testing and high-school records. For information, contact the Office of Counseling. 3-0-3
Human Growth and Development
This course is a survey of human development from conception to senescence. Attention will be given to the physical, motor, emotional, personality, and social growth of the individual in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. 3-0-3
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition.
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Curriculum - 2nd Year
Third Semester - 17 Credits
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Teaching English Language Learners
Course Catalog Description. As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) continues to grow in our public schools there is an increased need for highly qualified teachers to instruct them. This course will be an introduction into the varied theories and practicies of teaching English Language Learners. This course will look at some prominent research in the field of second language acquisition and apply it to strategies and best practices used in Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of the country. This course will give students an overview to support effective instruction of students who have a first language other than English. Prerequisite: EDUC108, ERCH100, EDUC105
Students will be exposed to a broad sampling of major literary voices, genres, and elements associated with past and present as well as traditional and nontraditional children's literature. Through the careful analysis of highly anthologized and emerging children's literature, students will gain a working knowledge of the function, importance, and influence of literature for children kindergarten through ninth grade.
Math for Elementary Education I
This course employs a problem-solving approach to basic mathematical concepts and techniques that constitute the elementary school mathematics curriculum. Problem solving techniques are discussed, including reasoning, pattern recognition, algorithms, estimation, and mental math. Set and function concepts, whole numbers, integers, and rational numbers are explored. Other topics include numeration systems and number theory. 3-0-3
This is an introductory course in Physical Science emphasizing the Physics and Astronomy aspects of a Physical Science curriculum. Students will be introduced to basic concepts that will give them a grasp of the fundamental quantities used in building models of physical reality.
A course for Pre-Education majors, human learning in the educational setting is presented with theories of learning and teaching, the development of the child, creativity, individual differences, and standardized testing. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3
Fourth Semester - 15/16 Credits
Students will spend a minimum of thirty hours in an Elementary-Middle Level (Grades 4-8) school setting or a Secondary Level (Grades 7-12) school setting in fulfillment of requirements for either respective teacher certificate area, as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This stage may be called the assistant phase of field experience. As part of this stage, the student will work under the direction of a certified teacher, generally with small gourps of students. Activities could include tutoring, helping with reading assignments, and small group instruction. Pre-Requisite: EDUC205 Note: Students will need to complete Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check, and Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI), prior to observations. Go to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website (www.pde.state.pa.us/teaching, scroll to and click on "Act 34 and 151 Background Checks") for detailed information and procedures.
Diversity Issues in Education
Students pursuing careers in education are presented with the issues and resulting challenges that the profession expects to face in the twenty-first century. Among the external and internal forces that drive the issues are society and government, student and teacher, parent, and child. Prerequisite: EDUC105, EDUC 108
Introduction to Special Education
Students are introduced to a wide range of subject matter, from the history of special educaton to challenges facing special education. Students will apply research to create active classroom strategies that illustrate an awareness of the concerns of special education. Prerequisite: EDUC108, EDUC105, ERCH100
Math for Elementary Education II
This course is a continuation of MATH112 Elementary Mathematics for Education I. The focus of this course is to increase student understanding and skills in the following elementary mathematics curriculum areas: decimals and percents, statistics and probability, geometry and measurement. Emphasis will be on the understanding of these topics, techniques for presenting them to elementary students, and adherence to the state and national standards. Prerequisite MATH112
Science Elective (BIOL, CHEM)
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