Education Foundations

Education Foundations

A.S.

The Education Foundations A.S. program is ideal if you plan on transferring to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree and subsequent recommendation for teacher licensure.

Our Education Foundations program prepares you for the teaching field through a series of pre-professional introductory courses and recommended electives. The curriculum includes opportunities to examine professional knowledge, engage in reflection, and understand culturally relevant approaches to instruction while also becoming immersed in classroom experiences at local school districts.

As a student in this A.S. program, you will complete the Education Foundations Curriculum (20 credits) and the General Education Curriculum (40 credits) for a credit total of 60. You may also have the potential to earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree by completing a Health/Physical Education course (2 credits).

Note: If you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge, or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

Some courses within this program require a criminal background study to successfully complete. Please see the course description section of the catalog for more details. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

2022-2023 Required Courses

Education Foundations Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
EDU 1109
Introduction to Education & Reflective Teaching
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
Gives prospective educators and school paraprofessionals perspective on the rewards and challenges of teaching, including critical issues facing teaching and learning in today's schools. Class lectures/discussions, course readings, guest speakers, and field experiences will focus on such topics as educational equity, the achievement gap, poverty, diversity, resiliency, cultural awareness, using the community as a resource, effective teaching, school improvement, the importance of engaging in reflective teaching, and opportunities to further explore personal motivations for becoming a teacher. Participants are introduced to education through case studies and first-hand accounts of teaching and learning in schools, including an exploration of the impact that larger social systems have on schools, teachers, and students and their families. In addition to attending the weekly 3-hour class lecture/discussion, students will complete a minimum of 30 Service Learning hours in a school setting. They will also use eFolio Minnesota to create a multimedia electronic portfolio to reflect upon their Service Learning experiences. This course will include completion of MTLE Basic Skills practice tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing, in preparation for Minnesota teacher licensure requirements. This course meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard A2, 3, 8710.2000, Subp. 3, Standard 2C, Subp. 5, Standard 4B, Subp. 6, Standard 5A, 5F, Subp. 10, Standard 9A, Subp. 11, Standard 10A, B, F, L.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

EDU 1141
Learning Technology for Educators
2

Course Outline
Credits: 2
Examines the historical and current contexts for applications of educational technology, including the research, resources, issues and trends shaping the role of educational technology in today's classrooms. Course readings, class discussions, guest speakers, and course assignments will focus on topics such as the foundations for effective technology integration, the National Educational Technology Standards, and the enhancement of teaching and learning through the successful integration of current and future educational technology across the curriculum. Students will investigate and critically evaluate selected software, multimedia/hypermedia, distance/online learning, and Internet/web-based applications as tools to actively and cognitively engage all learners. Students will use eFolio to develop a multimedia electronic portfolio to document and reflect upon their technology competence. This course meets requirements for Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). Prerequisites: Recommended concurrent or previous enrollment in EDU 1109.

Prerequisites:

  • EDU 1109 Introduction to Education & Reflective Teaching

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

EDU 1143
Multicultural Education / Human Relations
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Emphasizes the development of classroom teachers who are multiculturally informed, gender fair, and disability aware. Examines issues such as racism, sexism, oppression, prejudice and discrimination. The course aims to increase students' capacity to identify, discuss, and reflect on the ethical dimensions of political, social and personal life and to examine the responsibility of classroom teachers to practice productive citizenship. Emphasis is on demonstrating multicultural competence required of all successful teachers working with diverse youth. Designed to meet State of Minnesota human relations requirement for teacher licensure. This course meets the Minnesota Processional Educator Licensing and Standards board (PELSB) 8710.2000, Subp. 5, Standard 4B, Subp. 6, Standard 5A, Subp. 4, Standard 3D, E, F, G, H, J, Q, Subp. 6, Standard 5B, Subp. 7, Standard 6B, Subp. 3, Standard 2A, 2B, 2C.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

Education Elective(s)
Select electives from EDU courses or additional MnTC courses
11



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Education Foundations Curriculum 20

General Education Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ENG 1108
Writing And Research Skills
3

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Provides instruction and practice in reading, researching, and writing for college. Prerequisites: Recommended by Accuplacer assessment or grade of C or higher in READ 93/94 and ENG/EAP 99.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

ENG 1111
ENG 1114
ENG 1130
Research Writing    OR

The Research Paper    OR

Writing and Research For the Professions
3

Research Writing
Course Outline
Credits: 2
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Students will analyze primary and secondary sources and develop formal research writing in students' academic and/or professional disciplines including EMS, Paralegal, and Criminal Justice. Prerequisites: ENG 1108 or equivalent, with grade of C or better.

Prerequisites:

  • ENG 0101 Composition I: Expository Writing
  • ENG 1108 Writing And Research Skills

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

The Research Paper
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Emphasizes critical analysis of fiction or nonfiction texts, at least one book-length, resulting in a research paper that reflects analysis and synthesis of multiple sources. Prereq: Grade of C or higher in ENG 1108.

Prerequisites:

  • ENG 0101 Composition I: Expository Writing
  • ENG 1108 Writing And Research Skills

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Writing and Research For the Professions
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Emphasizes critical audience analysis of professional texts across the disciplines, at least one book length, resulting in a professional research proposal, feasibility study, or report that reflects analysis and synthesis of multiple sources, persuasion, and students' mastery of professional and audience analysis, business writing, researching, and evaluative skills. Prerequisites: ENG 1108 or equivalent, with grade of C or better.

Prerequisites:

  • ENG 1108 Writing And Research Skills

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

COMM 1110
COMM 1100
COMM 2230
Public Speaking    OR

Interpersonal Communication    OR

Small Group Communication
Recommended
3

Public Speaking
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Is the introductory study of the theory and practice of public speaking. Public presentation skills are required for individuals to be successful in our workplaces, communities and many other contexts in today's society. Students will learn about the different types of public speeches commonly encountered and learn how to research, organize and write their ideas into clear and understandable forms of public communication. Students will also practice the delivery skills needed to present ideas effectively. Students will be required to speak and participate often and will also be required to present their speeches in a classroom setting with an audience of their peers and an instructor.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Interpersonal Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 07
Is a course that helps students recognize that we live and work in relationship with others and must communicate effectively with them to achieve our goals. This class helps students acquire the skills to effectively communicate with family members, intimate others, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. After reviewing relevant interpersonal theory, students will examine and identify their own communication attitudes and behaviors. Students will also learn and apply techniques for improving communication in their relationships through active practice. Students will participate in multiple activities, both in and outside the classroom setting, to build their interpersonal communication skills. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.2000, Subp. 7, Standard 6C, D, F, & G.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Small Group Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Introduces students to the practice and theory of communicating in small group settings. Working in groups is an integral part of living in today's society. Community and workplace situations require us to be able to lead, participate, and follow effectively. Participating in this course will assist students in developing the leadership, conflict management, problem solving and discussion skills necessary to function in group settings. Students will apply small group communication theory in small, task-oriented groups and develop presentation skills to showcase their understanding of what it means to be an effective group member. Evaluating the effectiveness of their own and others' group communication behaviors is also required.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3a)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3b)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 4)
MATH 1107 OR MATH 1118 Recommended
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

PSYC 1101
Introduction to Psychology
Recommended
3

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 05
Presents a survey of the science of psychology including theoretical and experimental findings and applications. Topics include research methodology, the nervous system, perception, cognition, learning, memory, human development, emotions, motivation, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, attitudes, social influence and growth processes. This course may not be taken for credit if you have already earned credit for Introduction to Psychology with Lab (PSYC 1201). Prereq: Placement into ENG 1108 or successful completion (grade of C or above) of ENG 99/Read 93

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

PSYC 1215
Child and Adolescent Psychology
Recommended
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Explores the basic development in the physical, cognitive and psychosocial areas from conception through adolescence. Pertinent theories, studies, and methodologies are addressed. This course and Adulthood and Aging Psychology (PSYC 1220) provide a comprehensive study of Lifespan Development. Prereq: Recommended PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

SOC 1100
Introduction to Sociology
Recommended
3

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 09
Emphasizes methods, basic concepts, terminology, and perspectives used by sociologists in analysis of social relationships. Sociological analysis will focus on American government, family, education, religion, and the economy.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6a)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6b)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 7)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 8)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 9)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 10)
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in General Education Curriculum 40
Total Credits: 60
‡ Select General Education electives from specified MnTC goal area or from any MnTC goals if none specified.