Observations and Field Experiences

Early Childhood Development and Care

Jointly Registered Teacher Education Program and Liberal Arts Teaching Emphasis

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EDU 102 - Child Development 2

Students will spend up to 4 hours:

  • Observing a child's physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and literacy development.

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EDU 103 - Introduction to Early Childhood/Childhood Education

Students will spend 20 hours in two diverse settings (Birth through 6th Grade):

  • Observing the environment and interactions that take place between teachers and students in a school setting.
  • Recording observations and compiling information to complete reflective journal entries on a variety of course topics.

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EDU 201 - Observation and Assessment

Students will spend 24 hours in diverse settings:

  • Observing children for 12 two-hour blocks, according to prescribed guidelines, and recording their findings in 12 journal entries.
  • Topics include: separation; self-care; physical, social, emotional, cognitive development; language; attention span; literacy; creativity; play; self concept; various relationships.
  • Professional recording techniques/assessment tools include: class log; anecdotals; checklists; running records; frequency counts; conversations; time samples; cognitive task experiments; rating scales; work samples; technology; documentation; portfolio.

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EDU 202 - Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum

Students will spend 16 hours in an infant setting and 16 hours in a toddler setting:

  • Observing, participating, and compiling information to complete reflective journal entries on a variety of course topics.
  • Designing and creating developmentally appropriate objects and experiences for infants and toddlers.

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EDU 203/EDU 204 - Field Experiences 1 and 2

Students will spend 90 hours each semester in two diverse settings:

  • Progressing from observer to full participant as lead teacher in assigned early childhood classrooms.
  • Planning, creating, and presenting appropriate learning experiences to both small and large groups of children.
  • Practicing professional techniques relating theory to practice in: environment preparation, lesson plans, classroom management, verbal skills, and staff/child relationships.

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Students will spend a minimum of 10 hours:

  • Observing students in local school adolescent classrooms and recording observations in Reflective Journals.

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