ECE 492: Early Childhood Education Program Administration and Leadership Practicum

Course Description

This course consists of an on-ground practicum of 100 hours in an approved childcare center that provides a full-day program for children between the ages of birth-5 years. Students will participate as interns or assistants under the direction of the administrator of an NAEYC accredited center. They will demonstrate that they are ready to take on administrative or leadership positions in the early childhood field by supporting the director in effectively managing early childhood program operations as they relate to state licensing requirements, accreditations, and developmentally appropriate practices. Students will complete weekly discussions and reflective journals. They will also prepare a program portfolio, write a final practicum paper and participate in two calls with the practicum faculty assigned to teach the course. 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. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 176: Health, Safety and Nutrition: Birth to Eight
  • ECE 205: Diversity and Ethics in Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 210: Observation and Assessment in ECE Program
  • ECE 217: The Exceptional Learner
  • ECE 231: Early Language and Literacy Development
  • ECE 247: Child Development: Birth to Eight
  • ECE 325: Personnel Management in Programs for Children
  • ECE 326: Finance in Early Childhood Programs
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • PSY 301: Psychology of Play
  • SOC 350: Children, School and the Community

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Participates in 100 internship and works under the guidance and mentoring of an NAEYC program director.
  2. Completes weekly discussions and reflections based on exploratory topics presented.
  3. Prepares program portfolio to demonstrate understanding of NAEYC accreditation standards.
  4. Researches and submits final practicum paper to demonstrate understanding of how to administer an effective early childhood program.

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

20%

Reflective Journals

15%

Portfolio

10%

Practicum Paper

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Bruno, H.E. (2012).  What you need to lead an Early Childhood Program: Emotional Intelligence in Practice, NAEYC.  ISBN-13: 978-1-928896-80-7

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3,4

Topic: Introduction: Why Practicum?

  • Readings:
    • Principles of Ideal Learning Programs
    • Discuss portfolio requirements
  • Read ‘Principles of Ideal Learning
  • Review the lecture
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Practicum Approval forms for instructor review
  • Submit reflective journal 1

2

1,2,3,4

Topic: Forming: Setting the Program and Yourself up for Success

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 1-4, pages 1-76
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit reflective journal 2

3

1,2,3,4

Topic: Storming: Identifying, Preventing and Addressing Resistance to Change

  •  Readings:
    • Chapters 5-8, pages 77-146
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit reflective journal 3

4

1,2,3,4

Topic: Norming: Establishing Management Systems

  •  Readings:
    • Chapters 9-10, pages 147-192
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Read the lecture
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit reflective journal 4
  • Submit progress report on portfolio (ungraded)
  • Participate in phone conference with instructor (ungraded)
  • Submit supervisor mid-term evaluation form

5

1,2,3,4

Topic: Norming: Establishing Management Systems

  •  Readings:
    • Chapters 11-13, pages 193-248
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit reflective journal 5

6

1,2,3,4

Topic: Performing: Putting Principles into Practice

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 14-15, pages 249-292
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit reflective journal 6

7

1,2,3,4

Topic: Re-Forming, Renewing, Refreshing, Dreaming of What Might Be

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 16, (beginning on page 251)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit reflective journal 7
  • Submit Portfolio

8

1,2,3,4

Topic: Bringing it all together

  • Readings:
    • There are no readings from the textbook this week.
  • Read lecture
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit reflective journal 8
  • Submit Practicum paper
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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