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Term 1

103-159 **Computer Literacy – Microsoft Office — 1 cr.

Develops basic computer skills in Windows, Internet communication, professional use of Social Media, word processing with Microsoft Word, spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel, and presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint. This course is a “hands-on” computer class and cultivates skills for college and work.

522-102 IA: Techniques for Reading and Language Arts — 3 cr.

Focuses on best practices in working with children in their development of reading and language arts as well as the roles of the teacher and the instructional assistant. Students gain an understanding of how to work with all children and reinforce instruction individually and in groups through questioning, listening and guiding, and scaffolding techniques.

522-103 IA: Introduction to Educational Practices — 3 cr.

Includes the study of historical, philosophical and social foundations of education; issues and trends including diversity affecting our schools of today including elementary, middle level and secondary educational settings. An overview of the governmental basis of education; fundamentals of teaching methodologies, learning styles, questioning techniques and basic assessment practices will be addressed.

522-106 IA: Child and Adolescent Development — 3 cr.

Provides an overview of physical, motor, perceptual, cognitive, social/emotional, and growth and development birth through adolescence. Analyzes social, parental, cultural, brain, and economic influences on development.

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307-179 ECE: Child Development — 3 cr.

Examines child development within the context of the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include analyze social, cultural, and economic influences on child development; summarize child development theories; analyze development of children age three through age eight; summarize the methods and designs of child development research; analyze the role of heredity and the environment; examine the role of brain development in early learning (age three through age eight).

801-136 English Composition 1 — 3 cr.

Designed for students to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research, and format documents using standard guidelines.

890-101 **College 101 — 2 cr.

Develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on utilizing Moraine Park websites, online Course Management System and college resources. Student responsibility and expectations for success in college are explored. Emphasizes learning strategies, goals, lifestyle balance and skills for interdependence.

Total: 15

Term 2

522-111 IA: Guiding and Managing Behavior — 3 cr.

Provides the student with research-based concepts and strategies which can be used to prevent behavior problems from occurring in the classroom and respond to misbehavior. Practical application of strategies to organizing instruction, creating a positive classroom climate, building positive student relationships, implementing sound instructional methods, enhancing motivation, and responding effectively to inappropriate classroom behavior will be emphasized.

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307-188 ECE: Guiding Children’s Behavior — 3 cr.

Examines positive strategies to guide children’s behavior in the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; summarize early childhood guidance principles; analyze factors that affect the behavior of children; practice positive guidance strategies; develop guidance strategies to meet individual needs; create a guidance philosophy.

522-120 IA: Techniques for Science — 3 cr.

The course is an introduction to the content and processes of science. Strategies of teaching science will be studied and practiced and will prepare the student in assisting the classroom teacher in group and individual activities in science.

522-122 IA: Advanced Reading and Language Arts — 3 cr.

In this course, students will explore how to integrate reading and writing within the content areas. Students will also gain the knowledge and skills needed to support and encourage children as independent, strategic readers as well as techniques to support children through the writing process.

801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication — 3 cr.

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects. Course assignments will include presentations, various individual and group projects as well as written work.

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801-198 Speech — 3 cr.

Explores the fundamentals of effective oral presentation to small and large groups. Topic selection, audience analysis, methods of organization, research, structuring evidence and support, delivery techniques, and other essential elements of speaking successfully, including the listening process, form the basis of the course.

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801-141 Introduction to Mass Communications — 3 cr.

Explores communication in media and media literacy by providing insight into the important issues that confront students as consumers and purveyors of mass media within the workforce and in society. The mass media revolution, including media technologies, the evolution of media content and platforms, including new media, the impact of media communications on business and society as a whole, media bias, and media law and ethics form the basis of the course.

809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies — 3 cr.

Explores ethnic relations within global and comparative perspectives. Students analyze majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, sexual orientation, the disabled, and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) within a multicultural context.

809-198 Introduction to Psychology — 3 cr.

Surveys the multiple aspects of human behavior. Students survey the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors, and social influences.

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809-199 Psychology of Human Relations — 3 cr.

Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.

Total: 18

Term 3

522-101 IA: Teamwork in School Settings — 3 cr.

Working together is paramount in helping all children learn. This introductory course will define the role and responsibilities of the instructional assistant. School and educational policies, ethical and moral responsibilities, group dynamics and Wisconsin tribal rights will also be explored.

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307-195 ECE: Family and Community Relationships — 3 cr.

Students will examine the role of relationships with family and community in early childhood education. Course competencies include implement strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives when working with families and community; analyze contemporary family patterns, trends, and relationships; utilize effective communication strategies; establish ongoing relationships with families; advocate for children and families; work collaboratively with community resources.

522-107 IA: Overview of Special Education — 3 cr.

Provides an overview of the special education law. Special education classifications and associated causes and characteristics will be explored as well as state and federal qualification criteria will be examined. Societal responses to students with disabilities as well as the impact of a student with special needs on family dynamics will also be covered in this course.

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307-187 ECE: Children With Differing Abilities — 3 cr.

Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; provide inclusive programs for young children; apply legal and ethical requirements including, but not limited to, ADA and IDEA; work collaboratively through the consultation process to embed intervention in natural based settings; differentiate between typical and exceptional development; analyze the differing abilities of children with physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication, and/or behavioral/emotional disorders; and more.

522-118 IA: Techniques for Math — 3 cr.

Addresses techniques for the Instructional Assistant in assisting the classroom teacher in group and individual tutoring activities in math. Current practice including manipulatives, problem solving and assessment will be covered within the framework of state and national standards.

804-107 College Mathematics — 3 cr.

Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: (1) arithmetic and algebra, (2) geometry and trigonometry, and (3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.

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806-122 Natural Sciences in Society — 3 cr.

Focuses on the history, philosophy, common concepts and current issues of Natural Science that have impacted the United States and global society. Explores processes required to analyze Natural Science issues. Students correlate science issues to personal and professional experiences.

809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application — 3 cr.

Provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Students analyze diverse ethical perspectives and compare relevant issues. Students critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to ethical dilemmas.

Total 15

Term 4

522-104 IA: Technology and Media Resources — 3 cr.

Provides the opportunity for the student to develop the knowledge and skills in the area of media and computer resources as it relates to the instructional assistant. Students will gain experience creating and using Web tools including electronic portfolios. Requires the ability to use a computer, navigate the Web, and use common software applications.

522-124 IA: Supporting Students With Disabilities — 3 cr.

Focuses on understanding how service is delivered to students with special education needs in the classroom and through supportive and related services. A review of the law as it relates to special education, and the individual educational program, assessment and planning process will be provided.

522-129 IA: Practicum 1 — 3 cr.

Introduces students to a diverse classroom setting at an elementary, middle school and/or high school level. Students observe children and practice techniques under the guidance of a DPI certified teacher.

522-131 IA: Practicum 2 — 3 cr.

Applies the skills learned in previous program courses in a school setting while under the supervision of a DPI certified teacher. Students support children with special education needs and programming. Job search skills will be addressed and a professional portfolio will be completed.

522-132 IA: Positive Classroom Management Techniques — 3 cr.

Examines the impact of issues such as divorce, alcoholism, child abuse, youth suicide, stress, violence and gangs on behavior in the classroom. Conflict resolution techniques and de-escalation strategies with an emphasis on prevention will also be examined.

809-196 Introduction to Sociology — 3 cr.

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multiculturalism, and the five institutions including family, government, economics, religion and education.

Total: 18

Required Elective Credits: 3

Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements: 69

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy – Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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