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ECD 240P - Practicum: Pre-K - 4

Credits: 3
1 Lecture Hours 120 Practicum Hours

Prerequisites: ECD 135P  

This course provides direct experience with children aged birth to 9 years in a supervised early childhood program, school or therapeutic setting. Students record observations, plan and implement age-appropriate activities and refine professional skills. Students meet in a weekly seminar in addition to a 120-hour field placement where they interact with children, professionals in the field and parents.

Students must have three current clearances: FBI Fingerprint Clearance, a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance and meet the local requirements of the field placement site, including the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Verification Clearance.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Apply appropriate theories of growth and development.
  2. Document practical hands-on work experience with children, ages birth to 9 and their families.
  3. Document children’s behavior and development.
  4. Employ ethical and professional practice in attitude, behavior and communication.
  5. Demonstrate written and verbal competency in observation reporting.
  6. Plan experiences and environments for children that reflect their interests, abilities and learning styles using observation and assessment data.
  7. Construct National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards-based educational portfolio with appropriate artifacts.
Listed Topics
  1. Observational techniques
  2. Role and responsibilities of the student learner in a field experience setting
  3. Evaluation of student performance
  4. Interpersonal communication
  5. Confidentiality, ethics and professionalism
  6. Classroom management techniques
  7. Interaction with families and children
  8. Planning and implementing age-appropriate activities for children
  9. Assessment tools used when working with children
Reference Materials
Standard textbook and multimedia materials.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 03/20/2020

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