EDE360B Practicum

for SP 2011

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Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


EDE 360B Practicum-Exceptional Child


SP 2011 HO


Royal, Corinne E.


Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


BS Elementary Education/Special Education (EMR)
MA Elementary Education
Education Specialist Curriculum & Instruction/Behavior Disorders

Office Location


Office Hours

By appointment, M, T, Th


corinne. royal@park.edu

Semester Dates

Jan. 10-May 6, 2011

Class Days

---W---or as arranged with cooperating teacher

Class Time

1 full day or 2 half-days weekly


Admission to the School for Education;Concurrent enrollment in EDU375

Credit Hours


  Handbook located at www.park.edu/education; hardcopy distributed in class.

Required: All Park University teacher candidates seeking certification and licensure must purchase Foliotek, the School for Education’s electronic portfolio system. As purchasing and accessing Foliotek is a multi-step process, please follow these instructions: 

1.      Decide the Contract Period and fee for which you will be paying. Minimally, you must purchase a contract which extends to the year you expect to graduate, however some students purchase a contract extending one year beyond graduation. 

 Contract Period    

 Contract Fee Per Student

 1 year


 2 years


 3 years


 4 years


 5 years


6 years


2.      Send an email to Carol Williams (cwilliams@park.edu) with the following information:

1.      Your Name

2.      The Contract Period you wish to purchase

3.      Your student identification number

3.      Within a few days, you will receive from Foliotek an email with online purchasing information. Upon receipt of this email, purchase your Foliotek contract.

4.      Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive your login information. You must then send a final email to Carol Williams (cwilliams@park.edu), requesting she provide your current education professors and a academic advisor (list them) access to view your portfolio. It is imperative you complete this final step!!

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
EDE360 Practicum: This field experience in a classroom supports the integration of teacher knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the observation and application of classroom management, professional practices, and instructional techniques. The student is required to be in the regular classroom a full day or 2 half days during the semester, logging 98 hours at the site. Students must earn a "B" grade or higher before continuing in the practicum sequence; may be repeated. Prerequisite: Admission to the School for Education B. - Concurrent enrollment in EDE 375 and EDE 379 or approval of Program Chair.0:2:2.

Educational Philosophy:
  This course presents the basics of teaching children with exceptionalities, and provides teacher candidates with opportunities to reflect upon and apply those basics. Reflective inquiry is a key element of the course. This course requires the teacher candidate to observe a practicing teacher in a classroom and reflect upon the observations. The teacher candidate is also required to fulfill the duties that are outlined in the Practicum Handbook. It is the philosophy of this instructor that the teacher candidate at the assigned site be an active member of the classroom and demonstrates the attributes of a professional teacher.   

  The instructor has the following expectations of the enrollees in EDE/M/S360B: 1) they are advanced, serious students with a declared commitment to education, 2) they have completed all requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, and 3) they are skilled in oral and written communication.  

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate skills in communicating and interacting effectively with elementary students, as well as with peers, cooperating teachers, administrators, parents, and others in an actual school setting.
  2. reflect through journal writing about thought processes as to planning and implementing elementary school instruction, and using metacognitive processes to evaluate instructional practices.
  3. demonstrate developmental teaching performance skills.

Core Assessment:

Reflective Journal

Class Assessment:
   A 14 week field experience providing supervised fieldwork in the general classroom. The teacher candidates are required to spend one full day a week or 2 half days a week (minimum) at the designated field site (98 hours). The details of specific assignments for the block practicum are outlined in related courses and the Practicum Handbook. The requirements of this experience must be successfully completed before enrolling in additional Practicum courses. Evaluation forms will completed by the supervising teacher and cooperating teacher that assess the Park University student’s skills in the classroom.

1.      Attendance. Consistent and Prompt attendance at the school site is very important! Plan to arrive before students and stay after dismissal. Credit is earned for each full day of the required 14 days of Practicum. An attendance log must be kept and signed by the cooperating teacher. Attendance will be monitored through the school sign in procedures & journal entries. YOU MUST CALL THE SCHOOL & INSTRUCTOR TO REPORT YOUR ABSENCE IN ADVANCE.

2.      Evaluation for each practicum experience. (see handbook for evaluation form.) Evaluation forms are to be completed by the cooperating teacher and university supervisor. 

3.      Essential Teacher Dispositions: Evaluation forms are to be completed by the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor.

4.      Teaching activities and performance indicators. The Park University student will provide the cooperating teacher and the Park University Supervisor with requested documentation of the aligned assignments for related courses and the Practicum Handbook. The cooperating teacher will provide a signed document attesting to the completion of these activities and performance indicators: Shadow Study, Field Experience Interview, Teacher Opinion Survey, Student Opinion Survey, and Cooperating Teacher Interview.

5.      A reflective journal entry which is submitted weekly for each (14) visit at the assigned site documents weekly attendance. Topics will be discussed in EDU375, and are listed in the syllabus. (Rubric: see core assessment). The cumulative Journal Entries Notebook will contain all 14 journals, attendance log, dispositions and evaluations, and be scored according to the core assessment rubric.

  360B Reflective Journal Entries-Teaching “Exceptional” Children

Date of attendance must be included on each entry. Reflect upon your daily experience & respond to a prompt each week.

Prompt 1: Introduction to the practicum site: What is most noticeable? Describe the culture of the school & classroom climate, student demographics, staff ratios & attitudes. Cite DESE to document contextual factors (TWS).

Prompt 2: How do professional ethics play into classroom management, teaching style, collegiality, and FERPA laws? Are all students “protected” or just those with students with IEPs and 504 Plans? How do you promote a professional attitude?

Prompt 3: What resources are available to students in this school-or through the community? Research- How does a teacher access those services? Describe the referral process.

Prompt 4: Select one “exceptional” student to shadow. Describe his/her physical, emotional and mental characteristics, learning style, and preferences. *Do NOT inform the student of the “shadowing”.

Prompt 5: Complete a 20 minute observation of your “shadow” student. While you won’t be oblivious to others, try to focus upon this student without his/her becoming aware. Do not visit with the student during this time. Use the observation form to record the student behavior and teacher behavior in 1-2 minute increments. Include this record in your notebook with your journal entry. Reflect on this experience-Did too much or too little happen during the increments assigned? How engaged was this student? Would the observation appear different if it were conducted during another part of the school day? Did you feel the need to intervene? What did you learn about the student, the teacher, and yourself?

Prompt 6:   Follow up on the Shadow Observation. Describe this student’s “issues”. How does he appear in the classroom, in specials? Describe his/her relationships with the teacher, peers, and friends. Is he/she isolated in the class? Ask the teacher about his performance and your observation. What is his “program of instruction”? How does your formal observation connect/disconnect with this information?

Prompt 7: Locate the school’s cumulative files. (You will probably have to sign an access sheet to review the shadow student’s file, and remember FERPA.) If possible, review the data in the file: previous grade cards, health information, referrals, test results, teacher comments, etc. If the school will not allow access, find out from your teacher: How is this information helpful to a regular education teacher? When would you need to access it? How does this information impact instruction? What new insights do you have regarding this student?

Prompt 8: What parent connections have you observed? Describe how you would address issues concerning students with special needs. How will you keep all parents informed of their student’s progress?

Prompt 9: Reflect upon a student interview (this can be your shadow student). Arrange wit h the classroom teacher for time to visit privately with this student and then obtain his/her permission to be interviewed. Begin with general questions and then ask about the day’s events, or possibly something from the observation-“I happened to notice yesterday in math that you . . .”. Be sure to thank the student for their time and responses.

Your Questions could include:

What’s the best part of your day?

If a new student came into your class, what are 3 good things you could tell him/her about your school?

What are you learning in school that is important to you now?

If you have a problem in school, is there someone here that you can go to for help?

How do you feel about your classes? Are you challenged enough?

What do you think you’ll be doing when you are an adult?

Do you have a question of me?

Prompt 10: Visit with one or more of the school’s specialists (speech therapist, reading teacher, resource special education teachers). What are their difficulties in connecting to the regular classroom instruction and meeting IEP goals? How do they access their students? Are they welcomed by the general ed staff as collaborators? What are team meetings? What is expected of the general educator at a team meeting?

Prompt 11: Describe your involvement at the practicum site. How have you impacted the students and faculty? Document attendance at meetings, observations in other special ed classes, school fairs or programs, recess or lunch duty, or bulletin board displays. What activities most interest you? In the future, how will you involve yourself to become an integral part of the school?

Prompt 12: How does your cooperating teacher/school address RTI? Describe the process and reflect on what you have observed. How quickly are student needs addressed? How is the record keeping accomplished? What impact do you see?

Prompt 13: How does your classroom teacher conduct “triage” or “check in” with students on a daily basis? What types of issues or behaviors are caught early because of these one-on-one interactions? How do you feel about that process and how do you see that happening in your classroom?

Prompt 14: Your final thoughts: This is your self-evaluation of the entire practicum experience working with “exceptional” students. What was the best? What was the most difficult? What was the most meaningful? How will this experience impact your student teaching and your future as an educator?


Reflective Journal Notebook                                                                     300 pts.

       Notebook                                                               60 points

       Journal entries                                                     140 points

       Field Experience-Teacher Interview                    100 points

Attendance                                                                                     300 pts.

       Log                                                                       160 points

       Attendance (journal entry turned in when due)   140 points

Cooperating Teacher Evaluation (see handbook)                       200 pts.

       Evaluation form                                                   100 points

       Disposition form                                                  100 points

Supervising Teacher Evaluation (see handbook)                        300 pts.

       Disposition form                                                  100 points

       Sites visit forms (2 worth 50 each)                      100 points

       Supervising teacher Evaluation                           100 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
  Timely completion of assignments is required. A Journal is due every week following a site visit. As this is attendance documentation, late submission will result in an absence and no credit. Late submissions of drafts, lesson plans, and all other site assignments will result in grade reduction. Absolutely no work will be accepted after the assigned time of the final. Any missing work/assignments will recorded as a “zero”. In addition, any student who misses three classes, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused, will be administratively withdrawn

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
         The policy on appropriate conduct as defined in the student handbook will be enforced. Conflicts will be administered in the procedures outlined in the handbook. The school site officials and Park University Supervisors have the right to remove/end the Practicum student’s placement in a school setting at any time.

Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Reflections are due weekly for credit.

As this class is considered a professional setting, any text messaging and phone calls must be completed outside of the school day.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




One - Two

Jan. 10-20

Following school introductory visit, meet with your cooperating teacher, deliver Practicum Handbook and schedule days for practicum. 

Assignment: Dated Weekly Reflection Journal (see prompts list) are due each week following a site visit to document attendance.


Jan. 24-31

Actively observe classes & work with cooperating teacher.

Assignment: Weekly Reflection Journal

Five- Fourteen

Feb. 7-Ap. 18  

Work with cooperating teacher.

Assignment: Weekly Reflection Journals

Fifteen -Sixteen

Ap. 25-

May 5

Complete all site visits

Summary conferences with cooperating teacher.

DUE: Reflection Journal/ Artifact Notebook including:

14 Weekly reflections on assigned prompts & shadow forms;

Evaluation & Dispositions from cooperating teacher;

Field Experience Forms;

 98 hours Attendance Log signed by cooperating teacher;


Any artifacts from practicum experience.


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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 "F".
  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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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