EDUC220 Practicum in Education

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC220 Practicum in Education
II. Number of Credits
6 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Current enrollment in Early Childhood, Childcare, or Instructional Assistant program, academic qualification, and permission of the Department of Social & Behavioral Science, EDUC105 (C or better), EDUC115 (C or better); Instructional Assistant: EDUC100 (C or better), PSYC180 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course includes 15 hours of fieldwork per week. Department of Education clearances required.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students apply their knowledge and skills in an early childhood classroom for 15 hours each week. In this "hands-on" experience in a local school or childcare placement, students create and implement standards-based, developmentally appropriate learning environments and experiences. Course includes supervisory visitations, extensive written work, and a weekly seminar class.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:
    1. understand and demonstrate the qualities of an Early Childhood professional;
    2. engage in supportive working relationships with colleagues and demonstrate appropriate interactions with children and families;
    3. design and implement developmentally-appropriate activities and play for all young children, including those with disabilities;
    4. demonstrate professional and ethical behavior as an Early Childhood professional in the Early Childhood classroom; and
    5. practice the skills of observation and reflection as part of the assessment process needed to design effective instruction and environments for early learning.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Writing behavioral and general instructional objectives
    2. Writing lesson plans
    3. Ethical behavior
    4. Job interview/writing resumes
    5. State rules and regulations for day care settings
    6. Classroom management
    7. Use of computers in the classroom
    8. Children with special needs in the preschool classroom
    9. Teacher certification
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Assessment methods for course learning goals includes projects, teacher evaluations, case studies, class participation, and discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/98; New Core 8/2015; Revised 9/17