EDC360B PreK Practicum for ECE Certification

for SP 2007

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EDC 360 PreK Practicum for ECE Certification


SP 2007 HO


Lowe, Denise


Adjunct Faculty


M.S. ED., Instructional Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction
B.A English/Liberal Arts

Office Location

Copley Hall, #211

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone




Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


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Course Description:
A supervised field experience in a PreK setting that supports the integration of teacher knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for working with young children, 3-5 years of age, and their families. The student is required to be in the PreK setting one full day or two half days during the semester. The practicum is coordinated with Phase II courses in the ECE Professional Curriculum. The student must be concurrently enrolled in EDC 359B Integrating the Curriculum: PreK (3 cr.) and must earn at least a “B” in the practicum to continue in the program. PREREQUISITE: Admission to the School for Education. 0:2:2

Class Assessment:

Journal: You are required to keep a journal of your daily experiences. You are encouraged to use a binder, which will become a resource for you to use to develop your portfolio and organize materials for future use. Entries should include notes on lessons, teaching techniques, classroom management techniques which you observed on that date. Also, include your impressions of these observations. Your personal reflections are required to be recorded in this document. The notebook is designed to viewed by university faculty and staff; however, avoid unprofessional comments as your cooperating teacher, the principal, parents, or students could view it.
Midterm:  Midterm (Practicum Evaluation) Supervisor
Final: (Practicum Evaluation) Cooperating Teacher and Supervisor
Copy and Collect: Get copies of as much as you can. Teacher, on the whole, are naturally helpful and willing to share.
Take advantage of their willingness to share to get good ideas; however, remember that they are not required to share with you. Be sure to indicate your appreciation whenever they allow you to keep copies of their work.
Be sure to collect ideas at all levels because good ideas can often be adapted to fit other situations. Take a camera, and with your cooperating teacher's permission, take pictures of bulletin boards, room arrangements, etc. Start collecting pictures of you working with students. These will be excellent items to include in your portfolio.


At the end of the spring semester, your cooperating teacher will complete an evaluation tool on your performace. You will be asked to take the evaluation to your cooperating teacher. The cooperating teacher will be asked to complete the evaluation and review it with you before it is returned to me. Then, your supervisor will complete a final evaluation, which will serve as the basis for your semester grade. You will be graded on the following:
Site performance- 100 points
Attendance- 100 points
Midterm-  150 points
Disposition- 100 points
Final-150 points
Notebook-(include journal experiences, notes on lessons, teaching techniques, classroom manangement, copies, pictures of bulletin boards, room arrangements, and organization) 100 points    Due date April 27, 2007
3.6-5.0     A   500 - 600 points
3.0-3.5     B   400 - 499 points
2.4-2.9     C   300 - 399 points
2.0-2.3     D   200 - 299 points
Below 2.0 F    0 -    199 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

(See Course Packet)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

(See Course Guide Packet)

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Excellent attendance is required; however, sooner or later everyone gets sick. If you are running a fever, you should not be in the classroom infecting the children and the school staff. If you are ill or another emergency arises that must be handeled immediately and you cannot attend school, do the following:
*Contact your cooperating teacher as soon as you are aware that you will not be in attendance. During the first week of school, establish how your cooperating teacher would prefer that you make contact. Usually this will be a call to the teacher's home or the school office. Carry these important numbers with you.
*Call your Supervisor (Denise Lowe) at home at 816-420-8036 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. or call her cell at, 816-729-2127.
*Failure to contact your cooperating teacher and/or your supervisor by 8:00 a.m.,may result in the sense being treated as an unexcused absence. Unexcused absences my result in a lowered grade for the semester.
*Emergencies do not include babysitting conflicts, outside work schedule conflict, preparation for another class, etc.

Disability Guidelines:
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Last Updated:1/22/2007 1:36:06 PM