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Early Childhood Student Teaching, Part A

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This course emphasizes the practical application of early childhood educational theories and methods. The course will focus on the following topics: the student teaching experience, the school culture, the learning environment, and planning, preparing, and implementing the Teacher Work Sample. The course also provides a forum for open discussion and problem solving based on student teaching classroom experiences.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 4
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    The School Culture

    • Describe various ways to create a team atmosphere within the school setting.
    • Examine relationships within the school among teachers, colleagues, administrators, support staff, and students.
    • Develop techniques for collaborating with grade-level or subject-level teachers.
    • Compare and contrast the cultures of various districts, schools, and classrooms.
    • Analyze the different demographics of schools and school districts.

    The Student Teaching Experience

    • Examine expectations of the formal student teaching observation process.
    • Review the procedures, expectations, and requirements for student teaching.
    • Analyze the attributes of an effective cooperating teacher and student teacher relationship.
    • Identify stressful situations one might encounter during student teaching.
    • Analyze stress management techniques and strategies.
    • Examine the importance of appropriate attire for the professional educator.

    Legal and Ethical Issues

    • Examine state reporting requirements for school personnel.
    • Evaluate how the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affect teachers’ role in education and communication.
    • Examine copyright infringement as it applies to students and teachers.
    • Examine legal and ethical issues related to technology use.

    Planning and Preparation

    • Develop goals and objectives for the Teacher Work Sample instructional unit based on the teaching and learning context.
    • Justify selected learning goals and objectives based on teaching and learning contexts.
    • Examine various classroom arrangements and available resources.

    Preparing and Implementing Assessments

    • Compare and contrast formative and summative assessments.
    • Evaluate the usability and applicability of a variety of assessment methods.
    • Design an assessment plan to monitor students’ progress.

    The Learning Environment

    • Compare and contrast various methods of classroom management.
    • Analyze the implications that contextual factors may have on learning and the learning climate.
    • Evaluate the aspects of the classroom environment that contribute to positive learning experiences.
    • Explore how brain-based research can contribute to building a positive learning climate.
    • Analyze strategies for remediation of disruptive and nondisruptive student behaviors.
    • Compare and contrast various classroom and school procedures.

    Instructional Design

    • Design standards-based lesson plans.
    • Demonstrate the use of differentiated instructional strategies.
    • Apply technology to the creation of instruction and instructional activities.
    • Compare and contrast different lesson plan formats.
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