ECED 191 Early Childhood Education Practicum I • 5 Cr.
Focuses on lesson planning, use of materials and equipment as teaching tools, and the implementation of developmentally appropriate practices. Students get closely supervised experience in a school (primary grades), preschool, childcare center, or Head Start agency. Requires nine hours of directed participation per week in the educational setting. Prerequisite: Conversational English, completion of one or more early childhood education courses, and permission of instructor.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- demonstrate the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate practices through working in a classroom for young children, under supervision, nine to ten hours perweek.
- demonstrate ability to facilitate learning during free play, learning center activities, and group activities with sensitivity to individual and group needs.
- Demonstrate ability to use comprehensive curriculum planning techniques for young children that includes the following areas: language development, physical development, literacy, math, science, art, music, and appreciation of human diversity.
- Demonstrate techniques for communicating effectively with young children and using positive guidance techniques to support the individual child’s positive self-concept, based on individual differences and cultural diversity.
- Demonstrate the ability to work sensitively and cooperatively with the participating teacher(s) and parents.
- Document children’s experiences and learning through a documentation panel or other appropriate format that can be shared with children, colleagues, and families.
- demonstrate understanding and respect for professional and ethical guidelines for early childhood educators.
- Identify one or more professional development goals, based on evaluation of performance as an early childhood educator.