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ED 634 Directed Field Experience
Ewing, Larry

Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.


ED 634 Directed Field Experience




Larry Ewing


Associate Professor

Office Location

Copley 316

Office Hours

M-R (8:30-10:00)

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

816.842.6182 x5526


Web Page

Semester Dates

June 5, 2006 through July 30, 2006

Class Days


Class Time



Instructor Permission

Credit Hours


None Required

Course Description:
Designed to provide the prospective principal an opportunity to spend 40 hours in an administrative field experience with a successful, practicing principal. The graduate student will be able to observe, participate and study the role of the principalship as a result of being in the actual school setting.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's role is to assist the student in acquiring the necessary practical experiences to accomplish course objectives and to achieve learner outcomes.  The instructor recognizes the importance of student contributions to the learning environment and encourages the cooperative exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.  [1.3.1]
  2. Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.  [1.3.2]
  3. Ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment. [1.3.3
  4. Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.  [1.3.4]
  5. Acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.  [1.3.5]
  6. Understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.  [1.3.6]

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
1. Contact Log: The contact log shall include your name, the location of the experience, a brief description of the activity including the student's role, the number of hours devoted to the activity, identification of the relevant ISLLC standard or standards, the name of the on-site supervisor, and his or her signature.  The student should keep a file of support materials such as memos, agendas, reports, meeting summaries, curriculum meeting minutes, etc. (Forty hours required -- Pass – Fail)

2. At the conclusion of the course (all materials are due no later than Friday, July 28, 2006), the student shall submit, in addition to the contact log, six reflective pieces (one to two double spaced type written pages for each standard) related to the activities you have accomplished during the course.  The reflection should include an assessment of the effectiveness and appropriateness of activities in which you were involved, a discussion of what you have learned, and your personal reactions. (6 @ 50 = 300 points) This item serves as the Core Assessment activity for the course.

3. Weekly Report – A brief summary (one to two paragraphs) of weekly activities is due each Monday for the preceding week.  If some activities have already been accomplished, these activities should be included in the first weekly report. (8 @ 10 = 80 points)

Additional Requirements
• 40 hours is the minimum requirement (you can do more if you wish).  This activity is designed to give you the opportunity to view and practice the skills necessary to be an effective school leader.

• Hours should be distributed across each of the six Interstate School Leaders Consortium Standards.

• No more than four hours may be counted for any one activity type unless permission is obtained from the university supervisor.

As you complete your reflection pieces, emphasis should be given to your analysis of the activity including your or your on-site supervisor's actions or responses.  For example, if legal issues are involved, state what legal issues are involved.  If instructional or assessment issues are involved, indicate what the issues are.  If a response indicates an effort to reach consensus during the decision making process, so indicate.  (These are the types of responses on which you will be evaluated during the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.  Keep the ISLLC standards in mind during your analysis.)  It would be appropriate to include your analysis and reflection responses in your portfolio.

Total 380 points
 0 – 227 = F
228 – 265 = D
266 – 303 = C
304 – 341 = B
342 – 380 = A

Late Submission of Course Materials:
This course is designed to emphasize the application of knowledge and dispositions through structured performances requiring the student to read, analyze, and respond to a variety of educational situations.  The articulation of ideas through verbal and written discourse is paramount in maximizing learning outcomes.  Hence, all assigned work is expected to be completed in a timely fashion.  A grade reduction of 20% will be assigned for late work.  The instructor may make modifications to these requirements for unique and/or extenuating circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the classroom to expulsion from Park University.  Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness, and excessive absences.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week Date Topics/Assignments
1 Jun 5 Weekly Report of Activities*
2 Jun 12 Weekly Report of Activities*
3 Jun 19  Weekly Report of Activities*
4 Jun 26 Weekly Report of Activities*
5 Jul 3   Weekly Report of Activities*
6 Jul 10  Weekly Report of Activities*
7 Jul 17  Weekly Report of Activities*
8 Jul 24  Assignments due July 29
               Weekly Report of Activities*
               Contact Log/Reflection Sheets Due

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

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