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ECE 268 - Early Childhood Field Exper

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 10
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Open
Supervised practicum experience in selected early childhood settings serving children birth through eight. Includes integration of theory and developmentally appropriate evidence-based practice. Provides an understanding of working with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse young children and families. Emphasizes professional relationships and behavior, appropriate adult/child interactions, basic curriculum planning and program routines. Includes 150-hour practicum. Criminal background check is required.
Prerequisite: ECE 103  , ECE 103  , ECE 170  , ECE 158  C or better, ECE 159  C or better, ECE 243  C or better, ECE 343  C or better, ECE 359  C or better ; 2.0 GPA ; Current CPR/First Aid, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporter Certification
Prerequisite OR Corequisite: ECE 221  
Competencies
  1. Examine what makes emergent curriculum models unique 
    1. Review the principles of an emergent curriculum model and compare differences between traditional models of instruction 
    2. Explain characteristics of an emergent curriculum looking at the unique aspects and how they relate back to children’s learning
    3. Identify the roles of the teacher, children, community and family units in the an emergent curriculum model 
  2. Assess a variety of developmentally appropriate, evidence-based strategies for working with culturally, linguistic and ability diverse young children 
    1. Create an anticipatory topic web focused on children’s interest 
    2. Collaborate with co-operating teachers to create teacher-directed and child-guided authentic activities that incorporate children’s diverse interests, strengths, needs and cultural background across content areas 
    3. Evaluate activities using both formal and informal assessment tools
  3. Create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments that support each child 
    1. Demonstrate strategies to help children maintain respect and safety for themselves, others and the community
    2. Maintain a supportive positive environment using familiar schedules, routines, transitions and classroom expectations
  4. Critique developmentally appropriate, evidence-based guidance interactions used with culturally, linguisticly and ability diverse young children 
    1. Demonstrate positive individualized guidance strategies to guide and support children’s behavior
    2. Use strategies to support the development of children’s healthy self-concept and self-esteem
    3. Review the impact of guidance strategies used
  5. Practice a variety of assessment techniques 
    1. Observe, assess and document the growth and development of individual children
    2. Use assessment information to plan for each child and groups of children
    3. Implement adaptations for individual children based on observation and assessment
  6. Practice self-reflection as a tool to improve teaching and interactions with each child and family 
    1. Encourage and accept ideas and suggestions from instructor, cooperating teachers and peers
    2. Document insights gained during emergent curriculum planning and teaching considering adaptations for future teaching experiences 
    3. Collaborate with co-operating teachers to report on the outcomes of child-guided activities to peers and families 
  7. Integrate dispositions of effective teachers 
    1. Build close, positive relationships with each child
    2. Respect and accommodate each child’s needs, personality, culture, language and ability
    3. Develop letters to the family discussing emergent curriculum focus activities and relevance to the development of the children 
    4. Communicate with families about children’s learning and development using a variety of methods including the use of emerging technology  
    5. Engage in collaborative relationship with peers, cooperating teachers and instructor
  8. Demonstrate professionalism 
    1. Practice confidentiality, dependability and accountability
    2. Display professional appearance, attitude and behavior as reflected in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
    3. Demonstrate behavior in congruence with the philosophy, policies and procedures of the program



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