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Introductory Preschool Practicum

CD 115W

Introductory Preschool Practicum

CD 115W

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CD 111, CD 112, CD 113.

Introduces the early childhood classroom, observing and participating with young children and their teachers. Requires approximately nine hours a week volunteering in an approved early childhood program during the main teaching portion of the day, for a total of 90 hours. (27-90)

Outcomes and Objectives

Function as a teacher's assistant in a developmentally appropriate program, while acquiring technical teaching skills from professional teachers.

Objectives:

  • Complete nine hours a week of instructor approved fieldwork during the main portion of the teaching curriculum in an early childhood classroom.
  • Perform as a cooperating member of an early childhood team.
  • Record classroom activities and observations in a daily journal.

Relate theory to practice while participating in an early childhood program.

Objectives:

  • Identify developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood classrooms serving preschool or kindergarten-aged children (2 1/2-5 years old).
  • Apply goals, objectives and strategies for early childhood programs.
  • Organize curriculum experiences around themes.
  • Evaluate the quality of programs for young children.
  • Share impressions and experiences in the classroom seminar.

Evaluate future career possibilities, and select a student teaching site.

Objectives:

  • Use the introductory practicum to prepare to student teach in a publicly funded program, such as Head Start, Michigan School Readiness, or a parochial or public school kindergarten or pre-kindergarten. (Not as part of a day care center program.)

Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.

Objectives:

  • Employ conventions of written, edited, standard English (WESE), or the language of instruction.
  • Articulate important ideas.
  • Demonstrate the ability to move between generalization and details.
  • Quote, paraphrase and summarize accurately.

Use writing tasks to promote learning.

Objectives:

  • Understand and analyze information in written form.
  • Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.
  • Evaluate the information.