Elementary Educator Practicum
Course Number: ED 293
Transcript Title: Elementary Educator Practicum
Created: November 21, 2019
Updated: March 30, 2020
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 33
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP
Repeats available for credit: 0
Provides opportunities to observe and work with school teachers in K-5 classrooms to gain first-hand experience in the culture of schools and strategies for teaching and learning. Applies previous learning to a classroom setting. Explores required professional dispositions, skills and knowledge to become a teacher. Prerequisites: ED 101, ED 216 and 219, HEC 202 and 226. Corequisite: ED 294.
- Communicate effectively with school staff and children.
- Recognize challenges in the classroom and formulate potential solutions.
- Observe and recognize how issues around culture and diversity may impact learning in the classroom.
- Outline the common dispositions, responsibilities and duties of a K-5 teacher.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Journals with guided reflections
- Self-assessment and host teacher evaluation of professional dispositions.
- Portfolio (required for all Ed Pathway students)
Texts and Materials
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Educational Issues, 18th Ed. Koonce, Glen L. McGraw-Hill Education. 2014.
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)
Outcome #1: Communicate effectively with school staff and children.
- Provide guidance regarding professional behavior/dress/attitude as it applies to staff, faculty, students and families at elementary school.
- Follow guidelines of classroom teacher for discipline and leading group.
Outcome #2: Recognize challenges in the classroom and formulate potential solutions.
- Discuss different classroom rules, routines, and behavior plans.
- Lead students in the writing in journals about classroom situations, and add a personal evaluation of procedure.
- Multicultural issues and cultural themes
Outcome #3: Observe and recognize how issues around culture and diversity may impact learning in the classroom.
- Discuss and write about diversity in a classroom
- Discuss poverty and education; preparedness for Kindergarten
- How does diversity impact a student’s education?
Outcome #4: Outline the common dispositions, responsibilities and duties of a K-5 teacher
- Teacher staff meetings, calendar year, weekly schedules, parent/teacher conferences, etc.
- Mandatory reporter (child abuse, sex abuse, emotional abuse)
The portfolio should be in all ED and HEC courses as a recommended assessment strategy. Since we are requiring it for the program, all ED faculty should be aware of the potential for students to incorporate materials from the course.