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Great=20 Basin College

Early=20 Childhood Education

 ECE 480 Internship

ECE=20 231 Preschool Practicum   =20

 6=20 Credit Course =96 Fall  2010


Instructor: Lynette Macfarlan, MA=20     Office: EIT Building, #259 


Office = Phone: = 753-2239

Office = Hours:

Mondays and Thursdays: 9:00 = =96 11:30 AM=20


Prerequisites:=20 ECE 250, ECE 251, ECE 262 & HDFS 232


Text =20


Tyminski, Carroll, (2006). = Your=20 Early Childhood Practicum and Student TeachingExperience, 2nd Edition.=20 Pearson,

       =20 Merrill Prentice Hall. ISBN:=20 0-13-048817-8  


Practicum=20 Handbook: =20 Provided by Instructor


An=20 important note about On-line Classes


On-line=20 classes require constant motivation and self-direction on the part of = the=20 student.  You are responsible for reading, studying, asking = questions,=20 completing assignments within the required time-frame, being organized, = and=20 staying on schedule. You are encouraged to contact the Technology-Help = desk for=20 assistance when needed at 753-2167 or nbsp; The=20 Technology Help Desk is open from 7AM -10 PM, Monday through Friday, and = 8 AM =96=20 5 PM on Saturdays.  All GBC sites have lab aides on staff to assist = students.  You are encouraged to attend a Webcampus Workshop. Please call the Help Desk to = inquire=20 about training dates and times. 


Course=20 Description


The students=20 will work in a preschool setting with young children under the = supervision of a=20 master teacher. The students will practice and apply the methodologies = which=20 they have gained throughout their Early Childhood course work.  = Each=20 student will write comprehensive lesson plans through a Literacy-Based = Project=20 Approach supported by the Nevada Preschool Standards.  These plans = will be=20 implemented as the students gradually assume the lead teacher=92s role = in the=20 preschool classroom.


Course=20 Outcomes


At=20 the end of the course students will be able = to:

Measurement through=20 Assessment

  1. Observe=20 children objectively and describe their behavior. =


Journal Entries=20

Reading=20 Assignments/Reflective Questions

Journal=20 Entries/Reflection

Instructor=92s=20 Evaluations =96 Rubric


  1. Recognize the=20 developmental ages and stages of preschool age children.=20

Interview=20 Master Teacher/Written Essay Reading Assignments/Reflective = Questions=20 Journal Entries/Reflection

Literacy Unit:=20 Implementation

Instructor=92s=20 Evaluation=92s =96 Rubric

  1. Effectively=20 supervise a group of children using positive guidance = techniques.=20

Reading=20 Assignments/Reflective Questions Autobiography/Reflective Paper=20

Journal=20 Entries/Reflection

Literacy Unit:=20 Implementation

Instructor=92s=20 Evaluation=92s - Rubric 

  1. Demonstrate=20 the ability to guide, redirect, and modify behavior in =

          =20  children.

Journal Entries=20

Reading=20 Assignments/Reflective Questions

Journal=20 Entries/Reflection

Literacy Unit:=20 Implementation

(Assume Lead=20 Teacher Role)

Instructor=92s=20 Evaluation=92s =96 Rubric


  1. Demonstrate=20 the ability to encourage cooperative interaction among children, = staff=20 and parents through professional development.


Interview=20 Master Teacher/Written Essay Autobiography/Reflective Paper =

Reading=20 Assignments/Reflective Questions Journal = Entries/Reflection

Literacy Unit:=20 Implementation

(Assume Lead=20 Teacher Role)     

Instructor=92s=20 Evaluation=92s =96 Rubric

  1. Create and=20 implement a Literacy Unit incorporating the six areas of=20 development:  Creative, Emotional (self), Physical, = Cognitive,=20 Social and Language supported by the Nevada State Preschool = Standards.=20

Literacy Unit:=20 Implementation

(Assume Lead=20 Teacher Role)

Instructor=92s=20 Evaluation=92s - Rubric

  1. Assume the=20 position and responsibilities of Aide, Assistant, and Lead = Teacher at=20 designated time periods throughout the semester. =


Interview/Master=20 Teacher/Written Essay Reading Assignment/Reflective = Questions

Literacy Unit:=20 Implementation

Instructor=92s=20 Evaluation=92s - Rubric

  1. Research,=20 analyze and compile ECE professional resources to =

further = educational=20 progress and practical application.  



Interview/Master=20 Teacher/Written Essay Reading Assignment/Reflective Questions = Journal=20 Entries/Reflection

Instructor=92s=20 Evaluation=92s - Rubric  =



Class=20 Organization


Lab = School Setting:  Mark H. Dawson = Child &=20 Family Center, GBC Campus or other designated = site.


This=20 Practicum/Internship course will be conducted through cooperative = learning and=20 sharing which will require each student=92s active participation.  = Support=20 will be provided by the master teacher during each preschool = session. =20 Additional instructional resources, approaches, and methodologies will = include=20 hands-on activities and demonstrations performed by the teaching = team.  The=20 master teacher, center director and instructor will work together to = create and=20 maintain a non-threatening, comfortable environment that encourages = students to=20 ask questions, share experiences and to constructively react to other=20 participants=92 contributions.


Course=20 Assignments





In this=20 course students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the art = of=20 pedagogy in Early Childhood Education through the completion of the = following=20 requirements:


  1. Autobiography and=20 Reflective Paper (MLA or APA Format): =93ECE, My Career of = Choice=94:=20 This paper must be a minimum of 3 typewritten pages written in 2 = parts. =20 Part I: Autobiography: Tell your master teacher and teaching = team=20 what you would like for them to know about you as an individual. = Part=20 II: Explain why you chose the field of Early Childhood = Education.=20 Describe your concerns and apprehensions as well as what excites you = as you=20 approach your long-awaited practicum experience. Let your true self = shine=20 through!  (2 copies: Professional Binder & Master = Teacher, Post=20 for Instructor).


    • Due to=20 Master Teacher on September 13th.
    • Due=20 through Webcampus on September=20  13th by 8:00 AM.  =


  1. Interview = with Master=20 Teacher (APA Format):  This paper must be = typed and=20 written in an essay format.  It is imperative that all required = aspects=20 of the interview be included. Additional information gained through = the=20 interview may be added.  Sample interview questions are located = in the=20 Student Handbook.


o       = Due to Master Teacher on = September=20 20th.  

o       = Due through Webcampus on September 20th by 8:00 AM. =20  


  1. Reading=20 Assignments - Text and Articles: Students are=20 required to read specified chapters from the text, Your Early = Childhood=20 Practicum and Student Teaching Experience. Students will = complete=20 reflective essay questions based on the reading assignments and their = personal=20 experience in the classroom. The questions are posted in the Webcampus Assignments Area.  All responses = must be=20 typed, printed and compiled in the student=92s Professional = Binder.  Post=20 in Webcampus.


Reading=20 Assignments/Reflective Question Time-Line

Text and=20 Articles: Handbook & Webcampus


Assignment  = #1  =20

Chapter=20 1

Due=20 9/6


Assignment # = 2

Chapter=20 6

Due=20 9/13


Assignment # = 3

Chapter=20 2

Due=20 9/20


Assignment # = 4

Chapter=20 8

Due=20 9/27


Assignment # = 5

Chapter=20 3

Due=20 10/4


Assignment # = 6

Chapter=20 4

Due=20 10/11


Assignment # = 7

Chapter=20 5

Due=20 10/18


Assignment # 8 =

Chapter=20 9

Due=20 10/25

Three=20 Weeks Until Next Assignment is Due!


Assignment # 9 =

Chapter=20 10

Due  11/15  =

Assignment # 10 =

No = Reading=20 Assignment:

Reflection=20 Only


Due =20 11/29




  1. Journal=20 Entries: = Personal=20 journal reflections must be written weekly and submitted to the = instructor=20 every two weeks beginning September 13th.  Students = are=20 encouraged to highlight what they have gained, pose questions, = identify=20 significant concerns, and pinpoint areas that need personal = improvement. This=20 dialogue is very important as it keeps the instructor abreast of = student=20 progress. The instructor will respond to each journal entry within = three=20 working days. All journal entries are confidential and will be shared=20 only with the instructor.  Chapter 6 provides helpful = information=20 for writing journal entries.  The journal entry format is located = in the=20 Student Handbook.  Post in Webcampus.=20


Students must use the = following format=20 for submitting all journal entries:


=D8 =20 Name, Date, Master Teacher,=20 Classroom


=D8 =20 Observation: state what=20 occurred


=D8 =20 Reflection: state your=20 opinion


=D8 =20 Conclusion: discuss your = plan of=20 action for personal improvement



Journal=20 Entry Time-Line


Entry=20 #1:

Due=20 9/13

Entry=20 #2:

Due=20 9/27

Entry=20 #3:

Due=20 10/11

Entry=20 #4:

Due=20 10/25

Entry=20 #5:

Due=20 11/8

Entry=20 #6:

Due=20 11/22



  1. Literacy=20 Unit:=20 The = student will=20 develop a literacy unit based on the knowledge and experience gained = through=20 the ECE course work.  The unit must include lesson plans and = materials=20 with extended activities for a two-week period: two-day program (4 = plans),=20 three-day program (6 plans). The lesson plans must be supported by the = Nevada=20 Pre-Kindergarten Content Standards. The student will be observed by = the=20 instructor during the week that the unit is implemented in the = classroom.=20  Together with the master teacher, a specified week within the = semester=20 will be selected from the Mark H. Dawson Curriculum for the = implementation of=20 the unit.  The Mark H. Dawson Curriculum Calendar and an = electronic=20 version of the daily lesson plan will be provided by the Master = Teacher.=20


=B7        =20 Unit is due = following=20 the week in which it was implemented.  Contact your instructor to = set-up an=20 observation date ASAP.


  1. Attendance/Instructor=92s=20 Evaluation: 


I. Successful completion of = assigned=20 preschool hours in a selected and approved preschool/day care setting.=20 Students = must attend=20 practicum class as arranged by the instructor. The student must arrive = 15=20 minutes before class begins and assist with clean-up 15 minutes after = the class=20 ends.  At least 2 hours weekly must be applied to planning and/or=20 preparation as arranged by the master teacher.  Students are = required to=20 notify the instructor and the master teacher if they will not be = present.=20 Students must be on time.  If a student continues to arrive late or = leave=20 early, the master teacher is required to contact the Instructor. For = each school=20 day missed without a valid excuse, 25 points will be deducted from the = student=92s=20 attendance score. If a student misses more than 3 Practicum classes, he = or she=20 will automatically be dropped from the course.  This requirement is = not=20 negotiable.


II. The instructor will conduct = formal and=20 in-formal observations in the classroom.  An observation checklist = will be=20 completed during each visit.  A copy of the Evaluation is located = in the=20 Student Handbook.  The instructor will schedule a meeting with the = student=20 to discuss the outcome of each observation. 


  1. Professional = Binder: Orderly=20 accumulation of required activities, assignments, evaluations, and = curriculum=20 plans. A = Table of=20 Contents is required. 


=B7        =20 Due December = 6th or=20 before. Make an appointment with the Instructor.  


Portfolio - = What to=20 include:



v     Title Page: Include Name, = Course,=20 Instructor & Practicum = Site


v     Table of Contents=20


v     Resume (contact career = center on=20 campus for assistance)


v     College=20 Transcripts


v     Certificates for ECE=20 training


v     Awards or Memberships = related to=20 ECE


v     Autobiography (above course=20 assignment)


v     Interview with Master = Teacher (above=20 course assignment)


v     Journal Entries=20 (optional)


v     Reading Assignment=20 Responses


v     Mark H. Dawson Child and = Family = Center = Curriculum


v     Daily Lesson=20 Plans


v     Weekly/Monthly=20 Newsletters


v     Materials and Ideas = Collected During=20 Practicum


v     Essay from Reading = Assignment=20 (Closure)


Mandatory = Requirement -=20 Evaluations (Self and Master Teacher): Separate evaluations (same = form) will=20 be completed by the student and the master teacher.  The = Evaluation=20 form is located in the Student Handbook.  The instructor, master = teacher=20 and student will review the student expectations indicated on the = evaluation=20 form.  The student and the master teacher will share their = evaluation forms=20 through a master teacher/student conference. Commendations will be made = and=20 areas of improvement will be identified and discussed.  The = instructor must=20 attend the conference.


Master Teacher = Evaluations are required for a final grade =96 no = points!


=B7        =20 Arrange a = date to=20 complete the evaluation form mid-semester.  Contact the instructor = with the=20 designated date and time.




Policy of = Academic=20 Integrity:  GBC=20 subscribes to the traditional policy of academic integrity:  = students are=20 expected to be honest.  Students are expected to do their own = work. =20 Students who plagiarize or commit academic dishonesty are violating the=20 standards of academic integrity and are subject to consequences ranging = from=20 failing the assignment or course to dismissal from the = institution.


Plagiarism is=20 presenting someone else=92s word, ideas or data as one=92s own.  = When a student=20 submits work that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the = source of=20 that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and = specific=20 references; and if verbatim statements are included, through quotation = marks as=20 well.  In academically honest writing or speaking, the students = will=20 acknowledge the source whenever=85


=A7 =20 another person=92s actual words are = quoted.


=A7 =20 another person=92s idea, opinion or = theory is=20 used, even if it is completely paraphrased in the student=92s own=20 words.


=A7 =20 facts, statistics, or other = illustrative=20 materials are borrowed, unless the information is common=20 knowledge.




Great=20 Basin=20 College supports providing equal = access for=20 students with disabilities. An advisor is available to discuss = appropriate=20 accommodations with students.  Please contact the ADA officer in = Elko at=20 753-2271 at your earliest convenience to request timely and appropriate=20 accommodations.


Tracking=20 Your Scores  =


Use this=20 space to keep track of your own progress in the class.  Record the = points=20 you receive for each assignment and calculate your letter grade as the = semester=20 progresses.  Students are encouraged to make an appointment with = the=20 instructor at any time during the semester to discuss grades, questions, = or=20 concerns about the course. 




Your=20 Score


Autobiography/Reflective=20 Paper

20=20 Points 



Interview/Master=20 Teacher

Written=20 = Essay           =20

20=20 points


Reading=20 Assignments & Reflective Questions =20      


Chapters &=20 Articles


10 @ = 15 points=20 each

150=20 points      


Journal=20 = Entries           = =20   

6 @ = 20 points=20 each

120=20 Points      


Literacy Unit:=20 Implementation

100=20 Points


Attendance=20 /Work Ethic/Instructor=92s Evaluations

150=20 Points    



Professional=20 Resource Binder

40 = Points=20


Total=20 Possible

600=20 Points


            =       =20             &= nbsp;   =20





90 - 100 %

540 =96 600


80 -  89%

480 =96 539


70 -  79%  

420 =96 479


60 -  69%

359 =96 419


 0 -   59%

   0 =96 358

Calculate your letter grade at any time by = dividing=20 the total points accumulated by the total points=20 possible.

For = Example: =20    540  =3D .9 or 90% =3D = A

         &nbs= p;       =20 =             &= nbsp;           &n= bsp;  600  =20 =             &= nbsp;           &n= bsp;