Practicum Orientation

Course Number: ECE 130A
Transcript Title: Practicum Orientation
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 15, 2019
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 20
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


WR 90 or equivalent placement test score.


Course Description

Provides overview of Practicum (student teaching) purpose, process and student’s role in achieving successful practicum experiences throughout the ECE&FS program. Introduces beginning level skills for working with children ages birth - 5 in a group setting. Includes the use of developmentally appropriate methods in recognizing and providing safe, responsive, and sanitary environments, using beginning-level guidance strategies, and acclimating to the field of early education. Prerequisites: WR 90 or equivalent placement test score. Corequisites: ECE 120, ECE 121.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and accomplish the requirements to successfully begin and complete practicums
  2. Recognize the roles and responsibilities of key participants in the practicums
  3. Apply an understanding of children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through age 5.
  4. Respond to children using an understanding of diverse family and community characteristics.
  5. Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students Will:

  • Actively participate in seminar discussions and activities.
  • Develop a Competency Portfolio which documents their completion of the competencies for Practicum 1 and 2.
  • Complete a progress journal.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Students will reflect on and discuss the skills and abilities relating to:

  • Personal and Professional Practice
  • Parent, Family, and Community Involvement
  • Relationships with Children
  • Observation and Guidance
  • Environment and Curriculum
  • Management and Supervision

Department Notes

Participating students are expected to attend the seminar as scheduled and on time, actively participate in all aspects of the seminar, and complete all required assignments for the seminar.