2013-14 Edition

Cascade Campus
Technology Education Building (TEB), Room 209
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Career and Program Description

PCC’s Education Department offers a Paraeducator Degree and Certificate, Library/Media Assistant Certificate, in addition to Teacher Relicensing and Elementary Education Transfer courses. These programs are designed to prepare students who wish to work in a variety of educational and library settings.

The Paraeducator degree and certificate are designed for those who would like to work as Instructional Assistants in educational settings. They prepare students to resolve everyday challenges and to professionally support teachers in planning, presenting and evaluating instruction and learning. The Paraeducator’s responsibilities may include assisting small group instruction in reading, math, English language development, assisting individual students in the above academic areas and self-help skills, daily living skills, following behavior programs as directed by the teacher, and preparing and assembling materials. The particular responsibilities assigned to a Paraeducator (instructional assistant) depend on the program and personnel in each school. Employment opportunities exist in Portland and in surrounding areas as a result of the present legislative support for equal education for students with special needs. The program is designed for persons of all ages, races, cultures and economic backgrounds. The program values and encourages diversity in the field of education. This is an Oregon Department of Education approved statewide program that meets the requirements of No Child Left Behind for “highly qualified” status.

The Library/Media Assistant Certificate prepares graduates to qualify for jobs in school libraries, public libraries and corporate libraries. Employment opportunities exist throughout the greater metropolitan area. The library/media assistant works in all aspects of library and media center operations including technical processing, circulation procedures and reference materials, literature and literature promotion, computer applications and operations such as multimedia, publishing, database and spreadsheet development and maintenance, and communication with the public.

The Library/Media Assistant Certificate offers students the ability to select from two options:

  1. A less than one-year certificate program that develops skills used in school, public and corporate libraries and media centers. Two terms of practicum are included.
  2. An Associate of General Studies Degree. Students take a combination of 45-60 credits from option one, plus 16 credits of General Education in order to complete the 90 credits necessary to receive an associate degree. Students completing the two-year option have varied experiences in the field of libraries, media centers, and audio-visual departments. Each student’s program must be approved by the Education Dept.

Education courses may also be applied to the 90 credits required for an Associate of General Studies Degree. See a program advisor for information about transferring to a four-year institution. Many classes will be available via distance learning during the year. Please refer to the quarterly schedule or contact education faculty for details.

Elementary Education transfer students are allowed to take up to 9 credits from the Education Department as general electives without being admitted into the program. Students will be expected to meet the same prerequisite in writing and be in good academic standing. Students interested in elementary education may wish to pursue an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree, transferable to four-year public universities and colleges in Oregon. Contact an Education Department advisor for more information. ED 224 is recognized as transferable to teacher education programs statewide. Students should check with the institution to which they will be transferring regarding the transferability of other Education Department courses.

Teacher relicensing candidates may use PCC education courses to meet state requirements. Contact Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission at 503-378-3586 or www.tspc.state.or.us for specific requirements. Interested students should also contact an Education Department advisor. Education Courses numbered 101 or higher may generally be used for relicensing. See the course section for a complete listing of ED courses.

PCC’s Education Department works in conjunction with Northwest Regional Educational Service District (NWRESD) and Multnomah Educational Service District (MESD) Outdoor School to offer students the opportunity to gain experience while working with sixth-grade students in an outdoor school setting. For more information contact the Education Department or the NWRESD or MESD Outdoor School Departments.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Paraeducator

One-Year Certificate

Paraeducator

Less than One-Year Certificate

Library/Media Assistant

Prerequisites and Requirements

Admission to the Paraeducator or Library Media Programs requires an interview and application. Please contact an education advisor to pick up application materials and to set an appointment for the initial interview. When completing the application process, please bring photocopies of transcripts and the completed application form to the education department for review.

Students are required to demonstrate competencies in writing, reading, mathematics and computer literacy (students must complete CAS 121 and CAS 133 or pass competencies).

Check individual courses for prerequisite or basic competencies required. Many courses require placement test scores high enough to qualify students for enrollment in WR 121 and/or MTH 65. Students may have to be fingerprinted and submit a criminal background check prior to practicum experiences in public schools. Students may enter the program at any point during the year. It is recommended that Paraeducator Degree and Certificate students take ED 100 near the start of their studies and take ED 263 as a capstone course at the end. Students should be mindful that although completion of MTH 65 is not a program requirement, completion of MTH 65 or placement into MTH 95 is a comprehensive degree requirement.

Paraeducator AAS Degree

Minimum 90 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Paraeducator Degree Credit Summary

ED47
PSY4
WR4
ED Gen Education Program Electives14
ED Specialization Electives9
Remaining General Education12
Total Credits90

Paraeducator Degree Courses

ED 100Introduction to Education for Paraeducators3
ED 102Displays & Graphics for Educators3
ED 123Instructional Strategies: Reading3
ED 124Instructional Strategies: Mathematics/Science 13
ED 131Applied Learning Theory3
ED 136Computers in Education3
ED 217Classroom Management3
or ED 252 Behavior Management
ED 224Foundations of Education3
ED 251Overview of Exceptional Learners3
Choose two of the following:6
Multicultural Education: Principles
Multicultural Education: Applications
Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
ED 263Portfolio Development2
ED 270Practicum I3
ED 271Practicum II3
Choose two of the following:6
Introduction to Teaching the Learning Disabled Student
Sheltered Instruction for English Language Learners
Bilingual and ESL Strategies
PSY 215Human Development *4
WR 121English Composition4
Education Specialization Electives9
Remaining General Education12
Paraeducator General Education Program Electives 214
Total Credits90

*

Could be used as General Education

1

MTH 211 may be substituted

2

Any course from the General Education list. Must include a minimum of four credits from each category

Education Specialization Electives

ED 103Desktop Publishing for Educators3
ED 104Multimedia for Educators3
ED 109Library Procedures3
ED 111Selection of Library Materials3
ED 112Introduction to Children's Literature3
ED 114Reference Materials3
ED 115Storytelling2
ED 116Literature for Adolescence and Young Adults3
ED 161Leadership Through Advocacy and Representation1
ED 162Leadership Through Civic Engagement2
ED 163Personal Leadership Development3
ED 171Computers in Education II3
ED 206Seminar: Advanced Education Techniques3
ED 214Practicum: Outdoor School3
ED 217Classroom Management3
ED 218Working with Paraeducators3
ED 252Behavior Management3
ED 258Multicultural Education: Principles3
ED 259Multicultural Education: Applications3
ED 260Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults3
ED 268Introduction to Developmental Disabilities3
ED 269Introduction to Teaching the Learning Disabled Student3
ED 272Practicum III3
ED 290Sheltered Instruction for English Language Learners3
ED 291Bilingual and ESL Strategies3
ED 298ASpecial Projects in Education1
ED 298BSpecial Projects in Education2
ED 298CSpecial Projects in Education3
ED 298DSpecial Projects in Education4
ED 298ESpecial Projects in Education5

One-Year Certificate

Paraeducator

Less than One-Year Certificate

Library/Media Assistant

Paraeducator One-Year Certificate

Minimum 51 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements.

Paraeducator Certificate Credit Summary

ED47
PSY4
Total Credits51

Paraeducator Certificate Courses

ED 100Introduction to Education for Paraeducators3
ED 102Displays & Graphics for Educators3
ED 123Instructional Strategies: Reading3
ED 124Instructional Strategies: Mathematics/Science 13
ED 131Applied Learning Theory3
ED 136Computers in Education3
ED 217Classroom Management3
or ED 252 Behavior Management
ED 224Foundations of Education3
ED 251Overview of Exceptional Learners3
Choose two of the following:6
Multicultural Education: Principles
Multicultural Education: Applications
Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
ED 263Portfolio Development2
ED 270Practicum I3
ED 271Practicum II3
Choose two of the following:6
Introduction to Teaching the Learning Disabled Student
Sheltered Instruction for English Language Learners
Bilingual and ESL Strategies
PSY 215Human Development4
Total Credits51

1

MTH 211 may be substituted

Library/Media Assistant Less Than One-Year Certificate

Minimum 44 credits hours. Students must meet certificate requirements.

Library/Media Assistant Certificate Credit Summary

ED44
Total Credits44

Library/Media Assistant Certificate Courses

ED 102Displays & Graphics for Educators3
ED 103Desktop Publishing for Educators3
ED 104Multimedia for Educators3
ED 109Library Procedures3
ED 111Selection of Library Materials3
ED 114Reference Materials3
Choose two of the following:5
Introduction to Children's Literature
Storytelling
Literature for Adolescence and Young Adults
ED 136Computers in Education3
ED 171Computers in Education II3
ED 206Seminar: Advanced Education Techniques3
ED 224Foundations of Education3
ED 260Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults3
Choose two of the following:6
Practicum I
Practicum II
Practicum III
Total Credits44

Courses

ED 100. Introduction to Education for Paraeducators. 3 Credits.

Explores the roles of a variety of personnel in schools. Includes personal responses to school situations, students, other personnel and the roles of schools in American Society. Examines ethical, legal, and administrative implications for educators. Recommended as an initial course for those contemplating a career in education. Course is designed to ease the transition of students to college-level study. Audit available.

ED 102. Displays & Graphics for Educators. 3 Credits.

Presented as a means of visual communication that develops an understanding and usage of the Internet, digital camera, scanner, and word processing for graphics. Introduces dry mounting, laminating, enlarging, copying, poster making, award making and bulletin board creating. Provides opportunities to empower the prospective librarians/teachers with the ability to promote content in different modalities. Prerequisite: CAS 133 or ED 136. Audit available.

ED 103. Desktop Publishing for Educators. 3 Credits.

Introduces desk-top publishing. Produces materials to be used in an educational setting using flat-bed scanners, graphics sources, layout guidelines and design rules. Prerequisites: ED 136. Audit available.

ED 104. Multimedia for Educators. 3 Credits.

Develops and evaluates multimedia presentations for use in schools and libraries. Multimedia presentation guidelines will be used in planning and developing materials. Audit available.

ED 109. Library Procedures. 3 Credits.

Introduces structure, functions, and procedures in libraries. Provides a base on which to build specific skills needed for employment in libraries. Covers knowledge and use of the Dewey Decimal System, electronic card catalog/circulation systems, procedures for processing, and maintaining collections, basic terminology and policies. Prerequisite: Placement test scores qualifying student to enroll in WR 121. Audit available.

ED 111. Selection of Library Materials. 3 Credits.

Provides an introduction to the selection and evaluation of library materials. Covers library standards, selection policies, verification tools, censorship and copyright laws. Audit available.

ED 112. Introduction to Children's Literature. 3 Credits.

Introduces children's literature, authors and illustrators. Covers current and classic works, book awards, artistic and literary elements, introduction to genres, basic book discussion techniques, and audio-visual and electronic formats. Prerequisite: WR 115. Audit available.

ED 114. Reference Materials. 3 Credits.

Introduces reference materials and sources as well as reference procedures in the library. Overview and evaluation of standard reference sources in print format as well as electronic format is central. Learn to design search strategies for efficient location of information and to conduct effective reference interviews. Prerequisites: Placement test scores qualifying student to enroll in WR 121. Audit available.

ED 115. Storytelling. 2 Credits.

Provides introduction into how to do storytelling. Different storytelling techniques will be demonstrated and practiced in the course. Audit available.

ED 116. Literature for Adolescence and Young Adults. 3 Credits.

Covers contemporary literature being read by young people of high school age, literature-related audio-visuals, and various specialized reading lists and bibliographies. Includes controversial areas in young adult literature. Audit available.

ED 123. Instructional Strategies: Reading. 3 Credits.

Introduces components of the reading process and techniques for teaching reading to kindergarten through grade 8 students. Includes assessment and methods for teaching students with special needs. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

ED 124. Instructional Strategies: Mathematics/Science. 3 Credits.

Presents strategies for teaching, reinforcing, and assessing basic math concepts by moving in a continuum from concrete to abstract. Emphasizes using manipulatives to introduce concepts in addition, subtraction, division, fractions, and place value. Covers the use of writing to reinforce and assess math concepts and integration of math concepts into science curriculum. Prerequisites: MTH 60 or higher; placement into WR 121. Audit available.

ED 131. Applied Learning Theory. 3 Credits.

Prepares teachers and instructional assistants to work in a standards-based setting. Offers strategies to plan and implement instruction, assess student progress and instructional effectiveness, and re-teach as needed. Focuses on learning and motivational theories that apply to instructional situations. Includes creating and studying activities for specific learning problems. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

ED 136. Computers in Education. 3 Credits.

Introduces students to the many educational uses of computers and how to integrate educational technology into the curriculum. Prerequisites: Completion of WR 115; RD 115; and CAS 133. Audit available.

ED 161. Leadership Through Advocacy and Representation. 1 Credit.

Provides students serving on college or community decision-making bodies with the opportunity to develop leadership skills gained by representing and advocating for a constituency group. Students will process the skills learning by serving on committees that are associated with communication techniques, problem solving, interpersonal skills, research, and team work. Instructor permission required. Audit available.

ED 162. Leadership Through Civic Engagement. 2 Credits.

Provides students with the opportunity to hone their leadership skills by participating in activities associated with civic engagement through community service projects and volunteer roles. Students will develop leadership skills by working on meaningful projects that cultivate team work, communication techniques, group dynamics, project management, organization and evaluation. Instructor permission required. Audit available.

ED 163. Personal Leadership Development. 3 Credits.

Provides an overview of leadership theory, styles and skills Student leaders will be provided with the opportunity to develop skills through skill-building exercises, professional networking techniques, group process and teamwork methods, basic communication techniques, prioritizing, goal setting and other basic information necessary for those anticipating leadership roles. Instructor permission required. Audit available.

ED 171. Computers in Education II. 3 Credits.

Provides introduction to all aspects of the Internet and email. Use internet browser. Recommended: Basic computer knowledge. Audit available.

ED 206. Seminar: Advanced Education Techniques. 3 Credits.

Provides time and direction for investigating current issues in education. Audit available.

ED 208. Outdoor School Leadership Practicum. 2 Credits.

Gain training and experience teaching and leading sixth graders at outdoor school. Requires attending at least one full day training session (10-12 hours) at the outdoor school site prior to the scheduled assignment to work for 1 week, approximately 16 hours per day, 4 days, at a residential outdoor school for 6th graders.

ED 209. Practicum. 3 Credits.

Spend nine hours per week in a supervised field experience after an orientation. Audit available.

ED 210. Practicum. 3 Credits.

Spend nine hours per week in a supervised field experience after an orientation. Audit available.

ED 211. Practicum. 3 Credits.

Spend nine hours per week in a supervised field experience after an orientation. Audit available.

ED 214. Practicum: Outdoor School. 3 Credits.

Gain training and experience teaching and counseling sixth graders in an outdoor setting. Requires attending two evening training sessions; spending one week at an outdoor camp; keeping a journal and submitting a summation paper to the PCC coordinator. Audit available.

ED 216. Practicum: Seminar. 1 Credit.

Discuss practicum experiences, problems and successes. Concurrent enrollment in a practicum is required. Audit available.

ED 217. Classroom Management. 3 Credits.

Introduces several approaches to proactive classroom management. Strategies for setting up an appropriate room environment and establishing procedures, systems, and rules will be introduced and practiced. Behavior management will also be introduced and practiced. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

ED 218. Working with Paraeducators. 3 Credits.

Assists classroom teachers in developing effective methods to work effectively with paraeducators in their classrooms. Methods of assigning responsibilities, training, monitoring and supporting performance, and providing feedback will be explored along with communication and problem solving techniques. Prerequisites: RD 115, WR 115. Audit available.

ED 224. Foundations of Education. 3 Credits.

Provides an overview of the history and current issues in the field for K-12 education including the impact of philosophy on practice. Prerequisites: RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

ED 251. Overview of Exceptional Learners. 3 Credits.

Introduction to diverse conditions of students with special needs in public schools. Identifies and defines the following disabilities: learning disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, mental retardation, severe and multiple disabilities, autism, health impairments, physical disabilities, communication disorders, vision impairments, hearing loss, and traumatic brain injury. Audit available.

ED 252. Behavior Management. 3 Credits.

Behavior terminology will be defined and applied. Students will demonstrate and practice baselining, setting up a program, reinforcing, modeling, shaping, chaining, monitoring and graphing data. Audit available.

ED 258. Multicultural Education: Principles. 3 Credits.

Introduces philosophy, activities, and materials applied in developing a culturally sensitive multicultural classroom and curriculum. Achieves an understanding of multicultural education and its impact on teaching in the classroom. Prerequisites: RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

ED 259. Multicultural Education: Applications. 3 Credits.

Provides an in depth view into multicultural educational issues in the K-12 setting today. Gain skills to develop cultural appropriate pedagogy, materials and curriculum in order to serve the needs of an increasingly diverse US educational system Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115. Audit available.

ED 260. Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults. 3 Credits.

Introduces multicultural literature for early childhood through young adult. Emphasizes contemporary literature representing a range of cultures in the U.S. as well as world-wide. Covers selection and evaluation, cultural considerations, and book awards. Prerequisites: Placement test scores qualifying student to enroll into WR 121. Audit available.

ED 263. Portfolio Development. 2 Credits.

This is a capstone course for the Paraeducator and Library/Media Certificate programs. Students will prepare professional portfolios that demonstrate the competencies they have developed during the program. It may also be taken by others in the field of education who wish to create professional portfolios. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 60 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ED 264. Portfolio Development II: AAS Paraeducator Addition. 1 Credit.

Covers how to prepare a professional portfolio that documents the outcomes and requirements for the AAS degree in Paraeducation. Prerequisite/concurrent: ED 263.

ED 268. Introduction to Developmental Disabilities. 3 Credits.

Provides background information on teaching techniques, expected achievement levels, intellectual functioning, goals and objectives for working with students with developmental disabilities. Emphasizes physical and mental development from birth and familiarity with the known causes, classifications and terminology used in the field of special education. Audit available.

ED 269. Introduction to Teaching the Learning Disabled Student. 3 Credits.

Defines terms associated with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. Includes diagnostic procedures, remedial programs and teaching techniques. Audit available.

ED 270. Practicum I. 3 Credits.

Spend a minimum of 100 hours in a supervised field experience. Participate in group debriefing sessions as arranged by PCC supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of Department/Instructor. Audit available.

ED 271. Practicum II. 3 Credits.

Spend a minimum of 100 hours in a supervised field experience. Participate in group debriefing sessions as arranged by PCC supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of Department/Instructor. Audit available.

ED 272. Practicum III. 3 Credits.

Spend a minimum of 100 hours in a supervised field experience. Participate in group debriefing sessions as arranged by PCC supervisor. Prerequisites: Permission or Department/Instructor. Audit available.

ED 281. Philosophy and Techniques of Teaching at a Community College. 3 Credits.

Develops the capacity to effectively use and manage instructional resources in achieving the learning objectives of vocational programs. Audit available.

ED 290. Sheltered Instruction for English Language Learners. 3 Credits.

Introduces sheltered instruction strategies that will modify content for English Language Learners in the k-12 classroom. Provides opportunities to explore curriculum development and the needs of the learner. Examines the impact of immigrant culture on the ELL experience. Prerequisite: RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

ED 291. Bilingual and ESL Strategies. 3 Credits.

In depth approach to analyzing best practices and teaching strategies for assisting English language learners in the K-12 setting. Enhances students' ability to assess, design and provide appropriate instruction and communication for and to ELLs. Explores relevant linguistic and cultural theories and issues, and offers students a chance to connect theory to practice. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115. Audit available.

ED 298A. Special Projects in Education. 1 Credit.

Designed to allow the student to do an individualized study in the area of education. The student is required to develop a learning contract with the assigned instructor. Instructor permission required for registration in this course. Audit available.

ED 298B. Special Projects in Education. 2 Credits.

Designed to allow the student to do an individualized study in the area of education. The student is required to develop a learning contract with the assigned instructor. Instructor permission required for registration in this course. Audit available.

ED 298C. Special Projects in Education. 3 Credits.

Designed to allow the student to do an individualized study in the area of education. The student is required to develop a learning contract with the assigned instructor. Instructor permission required for registration in this course. Audit available.

ED 298D. Special Projects in Education. 4 Credits.

Designed to allow the student to do an individualized study in the area of education. The student is required to develop a learning contract with the assigned instructor. Instructor permission required for registration in this course. Audit available.

ED 298E. Special Projects in Education. 5 Credits.

Designed to allow the student to do an individualized study in the area of education. The student is required to develop a learning contract with the assigned instructor. Instructor permission required for registration in this course. Audit available.