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ECED 109A - Practicum 1

This course offers supervised practical experience and involvement with young children in an early learning setting. Emphasis is on practicing beginning skills for appropriate care and education. Observing development and beginning programming skills for working with young children within the ECE environment will also be explored.


Credits:  3


Hours: 130 (Seminars/Tutorials: 15; Practicum Hours: 115)


Total Weeks:  15


HDEC 100 Essential Skills for Human Service Workers
HDEC 101 Human Development 1
HDEC 102 Health, Safety and Nutrition
HDEC 103 Guiding and Caring

or may be taken concurrently
OR permission of instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites: 






Course Content:
- Introduction
- First week in placement
- Systematic observation / the developmental profile
- Self esteem and emotional development
- Social play and prosocial behavior
- Large motor and small motor development
- Cognitive development
- Spoken language and emergent literacy
- Art skills and imagination
- Developmental profile reflection

- Practicum summary


Learning Outcomes:

- Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate professional competencies in formal objective observation
- Demonstrate and use observations for planning for individual growth and development
- Apply positive, respectful guidance strategies at a beginning level
- Evaluate self in terms of growth, skills, attitude, and professionalism for quality early childhood education
- Set personal professional goals for further growth
- Apply principles of child development theory to program/curriculum planning
- Demonstrate practice that adheres to the ECEBC Code of Ethics
- Demonstrate appropriate beginning skills for planning quality early learning
- Maintain and develop positive professional working relationships with children, peers and families


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Additional Comments:

- Developed for distributed delivery with required teleconferences.
- Students must be working, participating or volunteering in an Early Learning setting with a group of 3-5 yr. old children in order to complete the required assignments and activities for this course.


Text Books:

Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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