EDU 100 - Intro to Paraprofessional Training (3 credits)
This course will focus on an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the educational paraprofessional/paraeducator. Learning outcomes are based on levels one and two of the National Paraeducator standards, and include information on behavior techniques, communication, legal issues, instructional strategies, and roles and responsibilities.
EDU 101 - Behavior Strategies/Paraeducator (3 credits)
This course provides students with a framework that prevents and manages student behaviors within a safe and positive school climate. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraprofessional standards, Levels 1-3. Students are provided with numerous modes of learning, including lecture, group discussion, activities and classroom observations to assist them in learning and demonstrating the content of the course. (3 credits). Prerequisite(s): ENG 101.
EDU 102 - Exceptional Learners/Paraprofession (3 credits)
This course provides students with knowledge about the types of disabilities and the behavioral and instructional supports used for working with special needs students. Common terms and acronyms of the special education process are also identified. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraeducator Standards Levels One, Two and Three and include information on the important role paraprofessionals/paraeducators have in supporting school success. Students will be provided with numerous modes of learning, including lecture, group discussion, application activities and classroom observations to assist them in learning and demonstrating the content of the Exceptional Learners course. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101.
EDU 103 - Assistive Tech in the Classroom (3 credits)
This course provides students with current information on how to embed assistive technology into the learning plans of students with disabilities. The benefits of assistive technology promote student classroom performance in communication, reading, writing, math and social skills will be discussed. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraeducator standards, Levels 1-3. Students are provided with numerous modes of learning, including lecture, group discussion, activities and classroom observations to assist them in learning and demonstrating the content of working with students with behavioral difficulties. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101.
EDU 104 - Paraprofessional Internship (3 credits)
This course will focus on the completion of an internship, which is a requirement to earn a paraprofessional certificate. An internship is performance-based and enables you to earn credit by demonstrating that you have knowledge and competencies required for a paraprofessional and that you can apply your knowledge in actual situations. Your internship site may be your place of work or the site of an extensive volunteer experience. A minimum of 120 hours will be required in one setting during the 15-week internship. You should not apply for the Charter Oak internship until you have completed a minimum of 12 credits in paraprofessional education. It is through your courses that you will gain much of the theoretical knowledge that you will be expected to apply during the internship assessment process. Prerequisite(s): EDU 100, EDU 101, EDU 102 and EDU 103.
EDU 305 - Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 credits)
This course will focus on Autism and Asperger's Disorder, including chartacteristics of these disorders, associated learning styles, communication weaknesses, and various intervention strategies. The course will also help the learner make sense out of why individuals with Autism spectrum disorders behave the way they do, and cover what the learner can do to enhance more appropriate behavior. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.
EDU 495 - Child Studies Major Capstone (3 credits)
In this 3-credit capstone course, students demonstrate fulfillment of the various outcomes of the Major in Child Studies. Each student will complete the capstone project to demonstrate his/her/their understanding of the concentration, mastery of the content of the selected field(s) of study and application of what has been learned. Students must also demonstrate that they can synthesize written material and apply it to their work. The Capstone project includes five key components: the project proposal, research plan, literature review, presentation and evaluation. The Capstone Project presentation may be completed in the form of a scholarly essay, portfolio, presentation of creative work, business plan, case study, or any other mode appropriate to the student's interest and experience. A minimum grade of "C" must be earned to meet the requirement. Prerequisites: ECE 101, ECE 176, ECE 205, ECE 217, ECE 247, EDU 305, ENG 101,ENG 102, PSY 410, SOC 320, SOC 350. Academic Counselor approval is required to register.