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Course Syllabus

Course: HFST 2880

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Education and Family Studies
Title: Practicum In Preschool Training I

Semester Approved: Fall 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2023
End Semester: Summer 2024

Catalog Description: This course consists of on-the-job learning opportunities for prospective preschool teaching and daycare teaching. A student taking this course will be a Head Preschool Teacher in our Child Development Lab. The course includes experiences in curriculum writing, environment planning and organization, direction of activities, guidance of young children, and parent-teacher relationships. HFST 2880 is a required capstone class for students completing an Applied Associate Degree in Child Care Management. HFST 2880 is highly recommended for students interested in Early Childhood Education or Child Development. Seminar in Preschool Teaching (HFST 2990) must be taken concurrently with this course. (Additional fee required). This course was formerly HFST 2630

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 0; Lab: 9

Prerequisites: HFST 1500, 2610, 2620; permission of instructor

Corequisites: HFST 2990

Justification: Extended practical application of management principles, curriculum development and implementation, and program evaluation are required for degree completion for students in the Child Care Management program. Students in the Child Care Management program will be required to complete both HFST 2880 and HFST 2885.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will apply knowledge of child development and child guidance by providing positive social, physical, and emotional care for children ages six weeks to six years.  Students will be assessed through instructor observation and written assignment.

Students will write, implement, evaluate, and document developmentally appropriate curriculum that promotes physical, mental, emotional, and social growth in children ages two through six.  Students will be assessed through written assignment, visual documentation, peer evaluation, self-evaluation, and instructor evaluation.

Students will create positive learning environments, arrange interest centers, and prepare creative materials and supplies.  Through one-on-one discussion with instructor and written project, students will demonstrate their ability to design and implement creative environments.

Students will apply their understanding of the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities to create respectful informative letters to parents/guardians to involve families in their children’s development and learning.  Students will be assessed through written assignment and research.

Students will explore career options in the early childhood education and childcare industry. Students will then cultivate a targeted resume that will magnify their knowledge, skills, and experiences educating and guiding young children.  Students will be assessed through written assignment and research.

This course will introduce the following concepts:

Orientation to Student Teaching
Curriculum Development and Environment Planning
Guidance of Young Children
Building Family Relations
Teaching Assignments and Observation
Instruction of Head Teaching Responsibilities
Toddler Time Training
Infant Care Training
Self and Peer Evaluations
Introduction to assessment
Resume Development

Key Performance Indicators:
Evaluate Head Teaching & Assistant Teaching 45 to 50%

Lesson Plans 20 to 25%

Resume & Evaluations 5 to 10%

Journal 5 to 10%

Documentation Assignment 10 to 15%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Required readings and handouts will be provided in class and on Canvas.

Pedagogy Statement:
This course is taught with hands-on experiences in a real-world setting. This course also includes career development and the benefit of supervision and coaching from professionals in the field.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 4
Optimum Class Size: 4