This course consists of an on-ground practicum of 200 hours of supervised field work, three video tapings of classroom performance and a practicum paper and a phone conference. Within the field work practicum students will demonstrate: a) their ability to apply their knowledge of child development theory and approaches; b) their ability to engage in classroom management; c) their ability to plan, organize, and implement daily routine and learning activities independently; and d) their ability to work as part of a team. Only Charter Oak State College matriculated students may register for this course. The practicum enables students who work in or do extensive volunteering in an early childhood education setting to earn credits for this experience. A minimum of 200 hours will be required and must be completed in one location prior to applying for the practicum credits and completing the assessment process. Students must find and obtain approval for their own practicum setting. Students are asked to complete the Practicum Guidelines at the beginning of the course. (6 credits)
- ECE 176: Health, Safety and Nutrition: Birth to Eight
- ECE 210: Observation and Assessment in ECE Program
- ECE 217: The Exceptional Learner
- ECE 222: Curriculum for Young Children - Methods and Techniques or ECE 261: Infant / Toddler Care: Methods and Techniques
- ECE 231: Early Language and Literacy Development
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of typical and atypical development in children to create positive learning environments.
- Describe the diverse and complex characteristics of families and communities to establish respectful, reciprocal relationships that help to empower families.
- Explain the value of observing children as a means of assessing their development.
- Select and design developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities to promote positive development and learning for children.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-14)
Assignments [Including journal entries and quizzes] (Assignments/journals: Weeks 1-14; Quizzes: Weeks 3, 7, 12)
Timesheets (Weeks 4, 8, 12, 15)
Activity Lesson Plans (Weeks 4, 9, 14)
Activity Videos (Weeks 4, 9, 14)
Activity Reflections (Weeks 4, 9, 14)
Practicum Paper (Week 15)
Final Interview (Week 15)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (2022). Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. 4th Edition. National Association for the Education of Young Children. ISBN-13: 978-1-938113-95-6
Readings and Exercises
Topic: The NAEYC Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Topic: Intentional Teaching and 3 Core Considerations
Topic: Principles in Practice
Topic: Context Matters
Topic: Content Teaching in Early Childhood
Topic: The Power of Playful Learning
Topic: Creating a Caring, Equitable Community of Learners
Topic: Reciprocal Family Partnerships & Community Connections
Topic: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing Children’s Learning
Topic: Teaching to Enhance Each Child’s Development & Learning
Topic: Planning Engaging Curriculum to Achieve Meaningful Goals
Topic: Planning Engaging Curriculum - Part 2
Topic: Demonstrating Professionalism as an Early Childhood Educator
Topic: Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Action
Topic: Final Interview & Practicum Paper
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.