ECE 399: Child Study Practicum

Course Description

This course consists of an on-ground practicum of 200 hours of supervised field work, an ongoing field journal, 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 1-15)

17%

Practicum Journal entries (Weeks 1-15)

17%

Video Observations (Weeks 4, 8 and 12)

22%

Video Reflections (Weeks 4, 8 and 12)

5%

Video Activity/Lesson Plans (Weeks 4, 8 and 12)

5%

Practicum Paper (Week 13)

17%

Final Conference Call (Week 13)

17%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Copple, C. and Bredekamp, S. (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: 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:
    • Preface & About This Book: Pages xvi – xvii
    • Position Statement: Pages xvii – liii
    • Part 1 – Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Context: Pages 2 – 3 
  • Review:
    • Practicum Guidelines
    • Practicum Paper Requirements
  • Read and review assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal
  • Sign up for your “getting to know me” phone call with your instructor

2

1,4

Topic: To Be an Intentional Teacher

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1: Intentional Teaching: Complex Decision Making and the Core Considerations: Pages 5 – 24
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal
  • Complete the “Supervisor’s Form”

3

1,2

Topic: Understanding Child Development and Learning in Context

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2: The Principles in Practice: Understanding Child Development and Learning in Context: Pages 25 – 46
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal

4

1,2

Topic: Context Matters: Reframing Teaching in Early Childhood Education/Theoretical Frameworks for Understanding Child Development and Context

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3: Context Matters: Reframing Teaching in Early Childhood Education: Pages 47 – 61
    • Appendix: Theoretical Frameworks for Understanding Child Development and Context: Page 62
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal
  • Submit Week 4 Video #1 Activity/Lesson plan, Observations, and Reflection

5

1,4

Topic: Teaching Content in Early Childhood Education

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4: Teaching Content in Early Childhood Education: Pages 63 – 79
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal

6

1,4

Topic: The Power of Playful Learning in the Early Childhood Setting

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5: The Power of Playful Learning in the Early Childhood Setting: Pages 81 – 107
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal

7

1,4

Topic: Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Action

  • Readings:
    • Part 2 Overview: Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Action: Pages 108 - 109
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal
  • Submit "Language and Literacy Proficiency for Early Childhood Educators Form"

8

1,4

Topic: Creating a Caring, Equitable Community of Learners

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6: Creating a Caring, Equitable Community of Learners: Pages 111 – 144
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal
  • Submit Week 8 Video #2 Activity/Lesson plan, Observations, and Reflection

9

1,2

Topic: Engaging in Reciprocal Partnerships with Families and Fostering Community Connections

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7: Engaging in Reciprocal Partnerships with Families and Fostering Community Connections: Pages 145 – 157
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal

10

2,3

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

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing Children’s Development and Learning: Pages 159 – 180
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal

11

1,2

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

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9: Teaching to Enhance Each Child’s Development and Learning: Pages 181 – 214
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal

12

1,4

Topic: Planning and Implementing an Engaging Curriculum to Achieve Meaningful Goals

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10: Planning and Implementing an Engaging Curriculum to Achieve Meaningful Goals: Pages 215 – 251
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal
  • Submit Week 12 Video #3 Activity/Lesson plan, Observations, and Reflection

13

1,2

Topic: Demonstrating Professionalism as an Early Childhood Educator

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11: Demonstrating Professionalism as an Early Childhood Educator: Pages 253 – 268
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Read assigned materials
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal
  • Submit the Week 13 – Practicum Paper
  • Sign up for end of semester conference call

14

1,2

Topic: Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Action Educator Snapshots and Reflections

  • Readings:
    • Appendix A: Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Action Educator Snapshots and Reflections: Pages 273 – 291
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal

15

1,2

Topic: Digging Deeper Into Knowledge

  • Readings:
    • Appendix B: Digging Deeper Into Knowledge: Pages 292 – 296
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete 2 entries in your practicum journal
  • Have your supervisor submit the "Supervisor's Performance Assessment Form"
  • Participate in the Course Evaluation process

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