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Introductory Preschool Practicum

Course NumberCD 115PW
Credits3
Lab Hours90
Lecture Hours27
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: 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:
  1. Complete nine hours a week of instructor approved fieldwork during the main portion of the teaching curriculum in an early childhood classroom.
  2. Perform as a cooperating member of an early childhood team.
  3. Record classroom activities and observations in a daily journal.

Relate theory to practice while participating in an early childhood program.
Objectives:
  1. Identify developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood classrooms serving preschool or kindergarten-aged children (2 1/2-5 years old).
  2. Apply goals, objectives and strategies for early childhood programs.
  3. Organize curriculum experiences around themes.
  4. Evaluate the quality of programs for young children.
  5. Share impressions and experiences in the classroom seminar.

Evaluate future career possibilities, and select a student teaching site.
Objectives:
  1. 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:
  1. Employ conventions of written, edited, standard English (WESE), or the language of instruction.
  2. Articulate important ideas.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to move between generalization and details.
  4. Quote, paraphrase and summarize accurately.

Use writing tasks to promote learning.
Objectives:
  1. Understand and analyze information in written form.
  2. Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.
  3. Evaluate the information.




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