El Camino College

Childhood Education Department

Child Development 20  
  Child Develoment Practicum


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This course includes 3.5 hours of student teaching per week in a preschool classroom under the direction of a mentor teacher and a class meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays. 

Note: The practicum may not be conducted in your own classroom at your worksite.


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Prerequisites 
Child Development 3, 4, 8, 9 and two courses from CD5, 6, 16, 17, 18, or 19

Catalog Description

This is a practical application of teaching theories in an early childhood education program. The course will include planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences for children from infancy through five years of age. This course covers aspects of teaching such as strategies for working with adults in an early childhood education program, techniques for gaining employment and philosophical issues. This course is designed for teachers in training and teachers in service who want to develop or refine skills.

           

Course Objectives

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate learning experiences for young children in a group situation.
  • Demonstrate and evaluate teaching and classroom management strategies such as guiding behavior and arranging schedules.
  • Formulate techniques for working with adults in early childhood education programs such as coordinating curriculum plans and conducting parent- teacher conferences.
  • Create criteria for evaluating effectiveness as a teacher of young children.
  • Formulate methods for evaluating individual developmental needs of the children in the cognitive, psychosocial and physical domains of development.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate learning experiences to meet individual and group needs.
  • Analyze professional opportunities in the field of early childhood education preparation for employment.

 Grading Criteria

 

  • Complete (3.5 hours per week) of student teaching.
  • Plan and implement a minimum of 10 Activity Plans at the assigned school during the semester. 
  • Plan and implement two full mornings at the  assigned school.
  • Complete the required assignments. (See below.)

     

    Evaluation

    Students will be observed by the college instructor during the semester. 

    All assignments must be complete in order to receive a passing semester grade.

    Final grades will be based on both written work and demonstrated skills as a teacher of of  young children.  Evaluation of demonstrated skills will be based on observation of the college instructor and mentor teachers as well as the students' self-evaluations.

     

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    Syllabus

    Week

    Date

     

    Assignment and Due Dates

     

    1

    2/16

    Introduction to class, requirements, objectives, begin journaling

     

    2

    2/23

    Class Meeting

    Observation at practicum site. Prepare two activity plans for your mentor

    3

    3/2

     

    Class Meeting

     

    4

    3/9

    Paper Due: Reflections and Perspectives

     

    5

    3/16

    Class Meeting

     

    6

    3/23

    Class Meeting

     

    7

    3/30

    Class Meeting  / Arrange for mid-term evaluation with mentor teacher

     

    8

    4/6

    Class Meeting            

     

    4/13

     

    NO CLASS MEETING - SPRING BREAK

     

    9

    4/20

    MID-TERM ASSIGNMENTS DUE:

    Resume                   

    Job Application                         

    All activity plans with evaluations

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