ECE 299: Early Childhood Education Practicum

Course Description

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)

 

Prerequisites

  • 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:

  1. Apply knowledge of typical and atypical development in children to create positive learning environments.
  2. Describe the diverse and complex characteristics of families and communities to establish respectful, reciprocal relationships that help to empower families.
  3. Explain the value of observing children as a means of assessing their development.
  4. 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

Assignments

Weight

Discussions  (Weeks 1-14)

13%

Assignments [Including journal entries and quizzes] (Assignments/journals: Weeks 1-14; Quizzes: Weeks 3, 7, 12)

13%

Timesheets (Weeks 4, 8, 12, 15)

5%

Activity Lesson Plans (Weeks 4, 9, 14)

10%

Activity Videos (Weeks 4, 9, 14)

16%

Activity Reflections (Weeks 4, 9, 14)

10%

Practicum Paper (Week 15)

20%

Final Interview (Week 15)

13%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

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

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

Topic: The NAEYC Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice

  • Readings:
    • Pages xxvii-liii
  • Read assigned pages
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Week 1 Practicum Journal entry
  • Complete Practicum Experience Forms
  • Sign up for the “Getting to know me” phone call.

2

1,4

Topic: Intentional Teaching and 3 Core Considerations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1, pages 5-23
  • Video:
    • What is DAP?
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review video
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Participate in “Getting to know me” phone call
  • Prepare for Activity #1 (implement Week 4)
  • Complete Practicum Experience Forms (final)

3

1,2

Topic: Principles in Practice

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2, pages 25-46
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 3 Quiz
  • Finalize Activity #1 (implement Week 4)

4

4

Topic: Context Matters

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3, pages 47-62
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Practicum hours check-in: Submit timesheet
  • Submit Week 4 Activity #1: Lesson Plan, Video, and Video Reflection
  • Complete the Week 4 “Me: In Context” PowerPoint presentation

5

2,4

Topic: Content Teaching in Early Childhood

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4, pages 63-79
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Week 5 NAEYC Professional Standard 5 assignment
  • Have your supervisor complete and return the Language & Literacy Proficiency Form

6

1,4

Topic: The Power of Playful Learning

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5, pages 83-107
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Week 6 Practicum Journal entry

7

1,4

Topic: Creating a Caring, Equitable Community of Learners

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6, pages 111-144
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 7 Quiz
  • Prepare for Activity #2 (implement Week 9)

8

1,4

Topic: Reciprocal Family Partnerships & Community Connections

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7, pages 145-157
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Practicum hours check-in: Submit timesheet
  • Submit the Week 8 SMART Goal: Foster a Family or Community Partnership assignment
  • Finalize Activity #2 (implement Week 9)

9

1,2,3

Topic: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing Children’s Learning

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8, pages 159-180
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Week 9 Activity #2: Lesson Plan, Video, and Video Reflection

10

1,4

Topic: Teaching to Enhance Each Child’s Development & Learning

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9, pages 181-214
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 10 assignment: Mind Mapping

11

1,4

Topic: Planning Engaging Curriculum to Achieve Meaningful Goals

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10, pages 215-221
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Complete Week 11 Practicum Journal entry

12

1,4

Topic: Planning Engaging Curriculum - Part 2

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10, pages 221-251
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 12 Quiz
  • Practicum hours check-in: Submit timesheet
  • Prepare for Activity #3 (implement Week 14)

13

1,2

Topic: Demonstrating Professionalism as an Early Childhood Educator

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11, pages 253-268
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Week 13 Practicum Journal entry – Practicum Paper Outline
  • Sign up for the Final Interview
  • Work on the Week 15 Practicum Paper

14

3,4

Topic: Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Action

  • Readings:
    • Appendix A, pages 273-291
  • Read assigned pages
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Week 14 Activity #3: Lesson Plan, Video, and Video Reflection
  • Continue to work on Week 15 Practicum Paper

15

1,2,3,4

Topic: Final Interview & Practicum Paper

  • Readings:
    • No readings this week
  • Participate in the Discussions (Q&A Forum)
  • Submit the Week 15 Final Practicum Timesheet
  • Participate in the Week 15 Final Interview
  • Submit Week 15 Practicum Paper
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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