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Early Childhood Practicum
EC PRACTICUM
CLASS CODE: CHILD 335 CREDITS:  5
DIVISION: EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: CHILD & FAMILY STUDIES
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Training and experience working with young children. Study of developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum planning, child guidance and methods for successful preschool operation. Intended for Family and Consumer Science Education majors, Child Development majors, and Child Studies minors only.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter, 2nd Summer Block
CONTENT AND TOPICS: 1. Developmentally appropriate practices
2. Creating a learning environment
3. Selecting toys and equipment
4. Preschool curriculum development
5. Licensing and accreditation guidelines
6. Working with parents and families
7. Child Guidance
8. Health and safety practices in early childhood programs
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To develop the basic knowledge and skills necessary to operate a quality program for preschool-aged children.
2. To develop basic philosophy, skills, and materials needed to provide appropriate experiences for young children that will foster their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth.
3. To develop and implement quality curriculum plans that foster learning.
4. To demonstrate an understanding of basic health and safety practices when working in early childhood programs.
5. To learn some basic guidance skills for working with young children.
REQUIREMENTS: Course requirements subject to change depending upon instructor, but may include:
1. Reading assignments
2. Attendance and participation in a meeting to orient parents to preschool program
3. Classroom observations
4. Development and implementation of curriculum plans in campus preschool labs
5. Written assignments/Papers
6. Anecdotal records
7. Development and documentation of visual aids used while teaching
8. Compilation of curriculum ideas and resources
9. Tests

PREREQUISITES: CHILD 210 and ECSE 100 or ED 200 and CHILD 310 or SECED 322 and consent of instructor. Application required.

Student must apply and be accepted to enroll in this course. Applications can be obtained from the Child and Family Studies Department and must be submitted at least one semester in advance of desired enrollment.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2004