Advanced Practicum 1

Course Number: ECE 264
Transcript Title: Advanced Practicum 1
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 15, 2019
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 120
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP
Repeats available for credit: 0


Department permission.


Course Description

Introduces advanced skills necessary to work with children birth - 5 in a community field placement setting. Includes developmental theory, developmentally and culturally appropriate practices, and individualized methods to support guidance and conflict resolution. Covers the evaluation of environments and curriculum, building family and community relationships, and professionalism. Department permission. Prerequisites: ECE 135, HEC 226, ECE 221, WR 121. Corequisites: ECE 260A, ECE 200, ECE 234.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use partnerships with families and with professional colleagues to build effective learning environments and assessments for young children.
  2. Use effective caregiving strategies and tools to support the development and learning of young children, including appropriate uses of technology.
  3. Support curriculum development for young children in the application of content knowledge and available resources in a variety of academic disciplines (language and literacy; the arts – music, creative movement, dance, drama, visual arts; mathematics; science, physical activity, physical education, health and safety; and social studies).
  4. Involve oneself with the early childhood field in order to facilitate the development of community partnerships.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include:  participation in class and small group activities, written observations, assignments, reflective 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 acquire skills and abilities through practice and evaluations while in the practicum site setting relating to:

  • Building family and community partnerships to promote early learning
  • Designing learning environments that support young children and families
  • Using developmentally and culturally effective learning approaches
  • Applying content knowledge to create quality curriculum and assessment
  • Becoming professionally involved in the promotion of the early childhood field

Department Notes

NAEYC standards that relate are Standard 7) Early Childhood Field Experiences

Core Knowledge categories – Personal, Professional & Leadership Development (PPLD)