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Course Syllabus

Course: HFST 2990

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Education and Family Studies
Title: Seminar In Preschool Teaching

Semester Approved: Spring 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2023
End Semester: Fall 2024

Catalog Description: This course will provide a forum for students to discuss and plan their practicum in preschool teaching. It includes experiences in child guidance, curriculum writing, environment planning and organization, and parent education opportunities. HFST 2990 is required as a core course in the Child Care Management program and highly recommended for students interested in Early Childhood Education. Practicum in Preschool Training (HFST 2880 and 2885) must be taken concurrently with this course. This course was previously HFST 2760. This course is repeatable. This course was previously HFST 2760.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 1; Lab: 0
Repeatable: Yes.

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

Corequisites: HFST 2880 & HFST 2885 Practicum in Preschool Training

Justification: HFST 2990 is a support class for HFST 2880 and HFST 2885, Practicum for Preschool Teaching. Similar courses, in content and purpose, are taught throughout the state. Students in the Child Care Management program will be required to complete 2990 while taking both HFST 2880 and HFST 2885. This course was previously HFST 2760.

Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will understand and implement methods of planning that promote children’s communication skills, creative skills, and social skills in the preschool classroom. Students will then apply this knowledge in their practicum course.
 The knowledge and application will be assessed through written/reading assignment and instructor observation.

• Students will further their knowledge on appropriate ways to promote children’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development.
 Students will be assessed through research and written assignment.

• Students will learn best practice methods that promote health, safety, family involvement and professionalism.  Students will be assessed through written assignment and discussion.

• Students will explore career options in the early childhood education and childcare industry. Students will then develop a capstone portfolio that will include their best work that magnifies 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:

• Maintaining a safe classroom
• Maintaining a Healthy Classroom
• Establish a learning Environment
• Advancing Physical Skills
• Advancing Cognitive Skills
• Advancing Communication Skills
• Advancing Creative Skills
• Promoting Family Involvement
• Providing Program Management
• Promoting Professionalism

Key Performance Indicators:
Attendance 40 to 50%

Reading and Writing Assignments 20 to 25%

Portfolio 35 to 40%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Beaty, J. J. (2012). Skills for Preschool Teachers. (latest edition) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education

Additional required readings or handouts will be provided in class.

Pedagogy Statement:
This class is taught with small group discussion, one-on-one training with the instructor, and an overall emphasis on developing intellectual and practical competencies.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 6
Optimum Class Size: 6