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Course Information and Descriptions
ECO 224 Public Finance (3-0)
3 Hours
This course explains the economic functions of government in a
capitalistic economic system. It focuses on government operations in
two distinct areas: government expenditure and government revenue.
First, government expenditure programs are examined with primary
emphasis on the provision of public goods and on welfare
distribution functions. The second aspect of the course examines
how the government collects revenue. Topics such as cost-benefit
analysis and ability to pay and benefit principles of taxation are
explained as well as the relationship between fiscal policy and debt
and deficit management.
Prerequisite: ECO 221 or ECO 222 (either C or better)
ECO 225 Comparative Economic Systems (3-0)
3 Hours
This course analyzes the role of economic institutions, policies, and
producers in economic growth and macroeconomic stabilization in
different countries across the world. It will use theory and
application in case studies to analyze the varying approaches to
using a market economy or other economic systems in the countries
studied. This course fulfills the CLC international/multicultural
Prerequisite: ECO 221 (C or better)
Fulfills the CLC I/M Education Requirement.
Education (EDU)
Social Sciences Division, Room A244, (847) 543-2047
EDU 121 Introduction to Teaching (2-2)
3 Hours
This course provides the prospective teacher with an introduction to
teaching in United States school systems. Other topics included are
history and philosophy of education, school organization and
governance, ethical and legal issues, the nature of teaching,
curriculum, the social context, diversity, professional leadership, and
current issues.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness
EDU 124 Child Development for Educators (3-0)
3 Hours
This course provides an overview of the theory and principles of
human growth and development from conception through
adolescence. Content includes an in-depth study of the interrelatedness of physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of
development. Development is studied in the context of family,
gender, culture, language, ability, socioeconomics, diversity, and
society. Special emphasis will be on the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky,
Erikson, and Gardner with implications for applied classroom
Four field observations are required.
ECE 124 and EDU 124 are cross-listed.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness
EDU 222 The Exceptional Child (3-0)
3 Hours
This course is an overview of children and adolescents with
exceptional cognitive, physical, social, and emotional characteristics,
including learning disabilities. It includes assessment, screening,
educational needs, family communication, community resources, and
legal aspects.
Prerequisite: EDU 124 (C or better) or PSY 226 (C or better)
EDU 223 Technology in the Classroom (3-0)
3 Hours
This course focuses on the uses of basic technology for management
and instruction in PreK-12 classrooms. Students will develop the
knowledge and skills they need to appropriately and responsibly use
technology tools, resources, processes, and systems; to access,
retrieve and evaluate information from various media; and to
successfully integrate computers into the curriculum.
Note: Basic computer skills recommended.
Prerequisite: ECE 121 or EDU 121 (both C or better)
Course fee
EDU 224 Diversity in Schools and Society (3-0)
3 Hours
This course will survey the personal, social, political, legal, cultural,
and educational factors involved in diversity and human relations,
and how these factors impact teaching, learning, and other human
interactions. The course will cover the major diversity theories, as
well as use an experiential model for making theoretical knowledge
relevant in the individual teacher’s life. Topics include racial, ethnic,
social class, linguistic, religious, cultural, and sexual diversity.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness
Recommended: EDU 121
Fulfills the CLC I/M Education Requirement.
EDU 225 Educational Psychology (3-0)
3 Hours
This course addresses psychological principles underlying
educational practice. Theories concerning cognitive and
psychological development, human learning, and motivation are
studied with emphasis on application for instruction, including
assessment. Emphasis will also be placed on learner-centered
instruction and diversity.
Prerequisite: ECE 121 or EDU 121 (both C or better) AND ECE 124
or EDU 124 (both C or better) OR PSY 121 (C or better)
EDU 226
Introduction to the Foundations
of Reading (3-0)
3 Hours
This course is an introduction to theory and practice in teaching
reading and related language arts areas. It includes information on
basic components of reading and language arts instruction and on the
importance of literacy learning. It introduces Illinois Learning
Standards in the areas of reading and language arts.
Prerequisite: EDU 121 and EDU 124 (both C or better)
EDU 242
Observational/Clinical Experience
in Education (0-2)
1 Hour
This course is a pre-student teaching practicum. It allows students
who are considering the field of education an opportunity to observe
and interact with certified teachers and children in a classroom
setting. Required participation includes a minimum of 30 clock hours
in the public/private school classroom. A weekly 30 minute seminar
is provided for students to focus on classroom issues including
classroom management, effective teaching methods, and learning
styles. Students will discuss positive/negative classroom situations as
they gain experience through this practicum. Supervision will be
provided by a cooperating teacher and the college instructor.
Note: (ECE 121 or EDU 121) AND (ECE 124 or EDU 124) are
recommended but not required before taking this course.
Corequisites may also be taken as prerequisites. A criminal
background check is required for this course. Please wait for
instructions on the first day of class.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness
Corequisite: ECE 121 or EDU 121 or EDU 222 or EDU 225
May be taken three times for credit toward degree