EDE360C Practicum

for SP 2013

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EDE 360 C Practicum


SP 2013 HO


Condra, Barbara


Adjunct Faculty


Ed.D Educational Administration

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Semester Dates

August 20, 2012 thru December 14, 2012

Class Days

Wednesday (if possible)

Class Time

An entire elementary school day


Admission to the School for Education. C - Concurrent enrollment in EDE385 and EDE 387 or approval of Program Chair

Credit Hours



Additional Resources:

Additional Resources:

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. 

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2.    Send an email to Carol Williams (carol.williams@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 (carol.williams@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!!

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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 each week during the semester for a total of 98 hours. Students must earn a "B" during the semester. Students must earn a "B" grade or higher before continuing in the practicum sequence; may be repeated. Prerequisite: Admission to the School for Education. C - Concurrent enrollment in EDE 367 and EDE 391 or approval of Program Chair. 0:2:2.

Educational Philosophy:

Educational Philosophy:  I believe the best learning environment is created when both teachers and students see themselves as learners and when both come to a learning experience with an expectation and an intention to learn as a result of the experience. As an instructor/facilitator of learning it is my role to maximize students’ learning experiences through challenging pedagogical strategies that encourage questioning, reflective thinking, and self-evaluation.  This is best done through interactive and experiential discussions within the context of real-life situations. Through this process I not only encourage the student to learn and challenge themselves, but I am also an active participant in the process as I learn through my interactions with the students.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Observe, identify, and evaluate evidence-based best practices and theories of assessment with actual classroom use and impact on learners.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills in designing and evaluating short- and long-term goals to improve learning for whole class and individual learners using formative and summative assessments learned in EDU 367, EDE 385, and EDE 387.2. Apply knowledge and skills in designing and evaluating short- and long-term goals to improve learning for whole class and individual learners using formative and summative assessments learned in EDU 367, EDE 385, and EDE 387.
  3. Use feedback from assessments that improves both teaching and learning by facilitating learners' engagement in learning inside and beyond the classroom.

Core Assessment:

Reflective Journal

Class Assessment:

Required Forms for Practicum C

1.      Maintain a Time Sheet of your attendance, in which you record the date of each practicum session, time in and out for each session, hours completed during each session, and cumulative hours completed during the course of the practicum. The Time Sheet must be reviewed and approved by the Cooperating Teacher. Note: you MUST follow the Schedule and Attendance policy outlined in the Practicum Fieldwork Manual.   Attendance also means that you will assist your Cooperating Teacher as described in the Practicum Fieldwork Manual.

2.      Complete the Field Experience Initial Interview (from the Practicum Fieldwork Manual). You are responsible for contacting your Cooperating Teacher and scheduling an initial meeting. During this meeting, you and your Cooperating Teacher will set a schedule for regular attendance and establish an agreement as to what is expected of each other. You must submit a copy of the Field Experience Initial Interview form found in the Practicum Fieldwork Manual to your University Supervisor according to the due date listed in the Tentative Course Schedule.

Forms & Responsibilities Required of Cooperating Teacher (forms are included in Practicum Manual and/or provided in a packet presented to Cooperating Teacher at beginning of Practicum):

1.      Complete two Student Evaluation Forms, one at mid-term (i.e., approximately week 6) and the other at the end of the term (i.e., approximately week 12).

2.      Review and approve the student’s Time Sheet. Time sheets should be initialed by the Cooperating teacher each day that the student is in attendance.

3.      Follow guidelines outlined in the Practicum Handbook and the Memorandum of Understanding between Park University School for Education and the School



Assignments will be graded on a 0-2 scale: 2 = A, 1=B, 0=unacceptable

A total of 30 points is possible for this class:

Reflections are a pass/fail assignment with the potential of 1 point each for a total possible = 8

Lesson assignments are divided into three parts: Preparation, Presentation, Classroom Management. Each section is graded separately so a total of 6 points are possible for each lesson.  Two lessons at 6 points each for a total possible = 12

The portfolio has five (5) sections and each section will be graded separately for a total possible of 10 points

26-30 points = A

20-25 points = B

19 and below = C

NOTE: Attendance Record To receive a final course grade, you must submit the Log Sheet form from the Practicum Manual containing a record of all days you attended Practicum C with your cooperating teacher’s signature. This log sheet should be attached at the end of your Practicum Case Study assignment.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Your practicum schedule will largely determine when you submit assignments. Reflections will be submitted according to the due dates listed on the attached assignment sheet. Late assignments will be accepted but repeatedly turning in assignments late may result in a reduction in the final grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Follow the guidelines and standards presented in the Practicum Manual.
Inform the Park University Supervisor prior to absences on practicum days.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1. Reflections - Core Assessment This assignment should combine both reading and math sessions. Students are to submit eight (8) reflections during this semester. Each week's reflection should discuss the assigned topics which are listed on the attached assignment sheet and must be submitted by midnight Sunday of the assigned week.  These will be returned to you in a timely manner with feedback, and will be used as part of the core assessment in this class.

2. Practicum Case Study Portfolio (Core Assessment)

The case study portfolio is intended to guide the student in understanding the various dynamics at work in diagnosing and remediating specific learning deficits. This is not intended to be a “term paper” but rather a portfolio of documented information and reflection that leads you to a deeper understanding of how teachers impact student learning through the choices they make.

The portfolio must contain the following:  1) A detailed description of the two students you selected to tutor; include academic needs and other factors which may have an impact on student learning. 2) Describe the assessment process and the deficits that process identified for each student. 3) Develop a learning plan with stated objectives and suggested strategies. 4) Maintain a daily log of tutoring sessions describing tutoring activities, progress and/or problems, unforeseen circumstances that positively or negatively impacted the tutoring process. (The format for this log will be provided for you by the University Supervisor by week three of the semester. 5) Discuss the gains or improvements the students made (if they did) and how you measured that. If the student did make any gains, discuss the factors that may have had a negative impact. The completed portfolio will be due near the end of the semester but sections of it will be requested for review throughout the semester.

3     3.  Additional Practicum C Requirements

  • Interview three school personnel such as,  special needs teachers, reading coach, principal/assistant principal,  about assessment and remedial instruction of reading and math difficulties. (Information gathered from these interviews will be the topic of 8th reflection.)
  •   Design and teach two lessons, one reading and one math: (a) consult with cooperating teacher, university supervisor, and the EDE 385 or EDE 387 instructor while designing the lesson (b) obtain feedback from the cooperating teacher after implementing each lesson (teacher may write feedback, or student may take notes during verbal feedback); (c) meet with the university supervisor the following week to review the cooperating teacher's comments, the student's reflective comments and the supervisors observations.       

  • Tutoring.  Implement the assessment and strategies you learn in EDE 385 and EDE 387 with one student in math and one student in reading.  It is likely in order to complete your course requirements, you may also need to work with your student during math and/or reading time on Tuesdays or Thursdays.  Please work with your cooperating teacher to develop a schedule that will work for both of you.  Due dates for tutoring requirements can be found in your syllabus for EDE 385 and EDE 387.

4. S4. Self-Assessment of Teaching Dispositions: Complete a self-assessment of your teaching dispositions. Using the Teaching Disposition Evaluation—Students form, you are to rate your demonstration of each of the teaching dispositions.  This form will be compared with the form completed by the University Supervisor as professional development activity. The Supervisor is required to turn in his/her form to the University but this is not an activity that is scored as a part of the students grade.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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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