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Technical Program - Paraprofessional Education - Teacher Aide (Certificate) - Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL

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Technical Program

Paraprofessional Education - Teacher Aide (Certificate) (CRT.PRPRO)


This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge base and practical skills necessary for assisting with children and teachers in a public school setting. The certificate option is the first year of the two-year Associate in Applied science Degree in Paraprofessional Education. Students are encouraged to check with their local school district on specific college education requirements needed in the field of paraprofessional education.

ECE 120 and 125 must be taken the same semester.

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by the student's degree audit.

For more information contact:
Teresa Lang
(217) 234-5426

* There are prerequisites or course requisites for this course
** Electives must be approved by Program Coordinator or Division Chair
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Footnote 2 Course only offered spring and summer semester
Footnote 3 Course only offered spring semester
Footnote 4 Courses offered in odd numbered years only
Footnote 5 Courses offered in even numbered years only
Footnote 6 SOS 050 Human Relations and PSY 271 Introduction to Psychology cannot be used as a social science elective
Footnote 7 Consult Academic Advisor for appropriate course
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First Year
First Semester
ENG 120
Students will study the writing process by reading essays that illustrate a variety of rhetorical strategies, analyzing writing tasks and texts, and writing, revising, and editing short essays.

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Composition I *
EDU 100
An overview of the American education system. Social, historical and philosophical foundations give perspective to an examination of current issues, policies and trends in the field of education, including cultural diversity. A 30 hours practical lab is required for this course.

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Introduction to Education
LIT 150
Study of various forms and types of literature for the intellectual stimulation of the small child and storytelling and oral interpretation techniques.

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Children's Literature *
ECE 095
This course provides students an understanding of the value of and practical experience in preparing creative activities and experiences for children. The student is given many opportunities to explore, develop, and appreciate various types of creative media for preschool children.

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Creative Activities For Young Children
MAT 118
A course designed for Elementary Education majors. Topics include number theory, probability and statistics, development of numeration systems, sets, functions, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Counts as general education requirement for elementary education majors when taken in sequence with MAT218.

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Math for Elementary Teachers *
ECE 110
This course focuses on the use of positive redirective techniques in shaping behavior so children can learn self discipline and self control. Observation of discipline problems and analyzation of procedures are required of the student.

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Child Behavior and Management
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Second Semester
EDU 103
This course features practical ways to use various types of technology for the K-12 classroom teacher. This is a basic course in microcomputers, their operation, and utilization in K-12 classrooms.

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Teaching and Learning with Technology
PSY 274
Study of theories and methods used to study development, from conception to adolescence. Topics include physical, sensory and perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, social, and gender development, as well as family, peer, and institutional influences on development.

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Child Development
SPE 111
Focuses on the fundamental principles and methods of selection, analyzing, organizing, developing and communicating information, evidence, and points of view to audiences.

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Introduction to Speech Communication
EDU 190
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of exceptional children, including a survey of the child's developmental traits and examination of appropriate intervention techniques. A 30 hour practical lab is required in this course.

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Introduction to Special Education
MAT 218
The study of the concepts and theory of measurement and geometry via the problem-solving approach, using both calculators and microcomputers throughout. Designed for Elementary Education majors. Counts as general education requirement for elementary education majors when taken in sequence with MAT-118.

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Math for Elementary Teachers II *
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Students who choose to continue their education should consult with their academic advisor.

Note: These are courses needed to fulfill the requirements of the Lake Land College Paraprofessional Education Associate Degree in Applied Science Degree and Paraprofessional Education Certificate which meet the recommended criteria of the Illinois State Board of Education. Students enrolled in Paraprofessional Education should contact their Regional Superintendent of Schools office to determine specific educational requirements for Paraprofessional “teacher aide” positions within their district.

Total Program Hours: 34

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