EDC372 Infant & Toddler Practicum

for UU 2011

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EDC 372 Infant & Toddler Practicum


UU 2011 HOZ


Ballentine, Dana


Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Arts - Special Education/Recreation  Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS
Master of Arts - Curriculum and Instruction - University of Missouri - K.C.

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Semester Dates

June 6 - July 29, 2011

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Class Time


Credit Hours



Additional Resources:
Technology is embedded in the course through Internet research.  Teacher candidates will use technology in the college classroom and the classroom with children.  Some instruction occurs in E-classes via the discussion board.

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Course Description:
EDC372 Infant and Toddler Practicum; A supervised field experience in an infant/toddler setting that supports the integration of teacher knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for working with young children, birth through age 2 and their familes. The student is required to be in the infant/toddler setting 72 hours during the semester. The practicum is scheduled with practicum instructor. The student must be concurrently enrolled in EDC362 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

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness through writings, observations, dialogs, internet and websites, helping students to integrate learning from EDC362 with a first hand, supervised field experience in an infant/toddler classroom.  Projects and assignments from EDC362 in conjunction with assignments and experience at the practicum site provide the opportunity to assimilate teacher knowledge skills and dispositions. 

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Use developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments (NAEYC 1; MoSTEP 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3; Compentency 2)
  2. 2. Understand the importance of each content area in young children's learning and the essential concepts, inquiry tools and structure of content areas including academic subjects and identify resources to deeper their understanding (NAEYC 4c; MO-STEP 1.2.1,; ECE Competency 5.4, 5.6,5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4)
  3. 3. Support and empower families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships (NAEYC c;  MO-STEP 1,2,10; ECE competency 3.2, 7.5)
  4. 4. Plan learning environments and experiences that promote play as a context for supporting development, active learning, and construction of knowledge (MO-STEP 1.1.1; ECE competency 6.2, 6.3)
  5. 5. Know, understand and use positive relationships ans supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with children; especially understanding the cultural identity of each child, individuality, and special rights that makes each child unique (NAEYC 4a; MO-STEP 1.2.1, 1.2.7; ECE Competency 5.1, 5.3)
  6. 6. Know about and use observation, documentation and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches (NAEYC 3c; MO-STEP
  7. 7. Develop and evaluate opportunities to use technology as a teaching and learning tool  (MO-STEP 1.2.11; ECE Competency 6.5)
  8. 8. Articulate and apply an educationally sound philosophy of early childhood education as a basis for making professional decisions when working with children and their families (MO-STEP 1.2.1, 1.2.9; ECE Competency 1.4)
Class Assessment:
Assessment of the class will be done by Reflective Journal writing and Final Evaluation.

1.  Fieldwork Evaluation for Practicum (300 pts) 300

2.  Reflective Journal writing (6 journals - 30 pts ea)  180

Total pts available: 480

432 - 480 - A
384 - 431 - B
336 - 383 - C
288 - 335 - D
below 288 - F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions are acceptable only with prior approval from the professor.  Twenty percent of the total points (for the project) may be deducted if the professor accepts the paper as a late submission.  Students may submit papers on time even if absent (via digital dropbox or sending with a friend).  It is the student's responsibility to contact the professor prior to due date if they do not understand the criteria for the assignments as explained.

Students should attend the writing center to ensure that papers do not bear any technical writing and typological errors. Students must cite references using APA style within the contents of the paper.  Students should write papers in order to explain all information (assume that the reader does not understand the information presented).  This form of writing will enable the students to explain their ideas and understanding of content to the professor.  All written papers should be saved for the purpose of revision.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Students are required to follow the guidelines set forth in the Practicum Fieldwork Manual 2010-2011.
2.  Students are required to complete all assignments on the date indicated in the syllabus.
3.  All required hours for practicum must be completed prior to the last day of the semester.  Failure to do so will result in an "F" grade. 

Mobile Phones and Messaging:
If candidates must have a mobile phone for emergencies, they are required to turn to vibrate.  Otherwise, all phones are to be turned off during practicum experience.  Text messaging is not permitted during time spent in practicum classroom.  Policies of the Practicum site must be respected.  

Visiting Programs:
When visiting early childhood programs for observations it is essential that candidates remember they are representatives of Park University.  Professional dress and behaviors are required during all observations.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Fieldwork Evaluation for Practicum ( 300 pts)

You, your mentor teacher and your practicum instructor will evaluate your performances using the evaluation form. In a conference you will discuss your performance by comparing the evaluation forms. This discussion and evaluation should be use to improve or modify your performances and can be used to have a better evaluation by the end of semester.

Reflective journal writing ( 6 journals - 30 pts/ea)

Write a reflective journal for each visit to your school or program. Your journal should include the following components. Three or more pages using Times New Roman 12 font, double spaced and left alignment. Refer to rubric for additional expectations. 

Two journal assignments may be submitted on-line as class discussion at instructor discretion.  Each journal writing should be submitted by dropbox on due date.  The following topics are to be written about all students in addition to general practicum observations and reflections.

1. Visit the school’s/classroom’s supply room and create a list of materials and supplies that are available in your classroom.  After observing the classroom environments, add to the list any materials and supplies that you think would be of benefit to encourage the growth and development (Social and Emotional, Communication and Language, Cognitive and Physical) of infants or toddlers.  Compare the materials stored in the classroom and those in the Art Studio.  How are they alike or different?  Discuss with your mentor teacher about how the materials in the Art Studio may enhance the learning taking place in the classroom?

2. How does your mentor teacher plan for the day’s activities?  How does your she/he plan for individual children's growth and development?   What evidence of this planning is visible?  How does your mentor teacher assess the learning from the activities that are planned and implemented? Compare and contrast what is planned for the day and what actually takes place. Be sure to explain discrepancies. 

3. Define "the image of the child".  Reflect on the image of the child in your mentor teacher’s classroom.  How is that image communicated through the environment, through the documentation, and through the daily schedule? Relate this to the Berkley Philosophy (You can get a copy of this from your Mentor Teacher or off of the Berkley Website) and comment about how it is reflected both in and out of the classroom.

4. Describe your mentor teacher’s classroom management style. Describe incidents of student’s behavior and teachers’ response.  How effective was the management style? Reflect upon other methods of classroom management and compare/contrast.

5. How does your mentor teacher demonstrate collaboration in the classroom, in the school and with families? How does your mentor teacher establish and maintain communication with the families?  Do you see any constraints?   How are families included in both the classroom community and the school community? Discuss with a mentor teacher a time she has had to communicate negative information to a families. Reflect on the response and what you have learned.

6. This week’s journal assignment to be determined.  STAY TUNED!!  Will be posted in doc sharing at least a week prior to due date.


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
Full participation is required in each class period whether it is on-line or in class.

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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