ECED 111 - Practicum 3

This 3rd level practicum course provides students further opportunities to observe and work in community based early care and learning programs for children 30 months to school age. Emphasis is on: reflecting current research in best practice to enhance young children's learning and development, achieving the ECE Occupational Competency skills, and professionalism. Students will be required to take a lead role in the centre's day to day functions.


Credits:  4


Hours: 165 (Seminars/Tutorials: 15;  Practicum Hours: 150)


Total Weeks:  15


HDEC 100, HDEC 101, HDEC 102, HDEC 103, ECED 109A, ECED 101, ECEC 100, ECTA 121, HDEC 104, ECED 110, ECEC 201, ECEC 202, and ECEC 200 (ECEC 201, ECEC 202, or ECEC 200 may be taken concurrently).



Non-Course Prerequisites: 

Admission into the Early Childhood Education and Care Program, Ministry of Justice Schedule B CRC (works with children).





Course Content:
- Critical Observations
- Components of Observational Skills
- Mindful Practice-Slowing Down
- Differences between descriptions and interpretations
- Seeing children’s perspectives and capabilities
- Seeing children’s sensory exploration
- Children's inventions with open-ended materials
- Children’s deep fascination and connection with nature and living things
- Children’s exhilaration of feeling adventurous, powerful, dramatic, and competent
- Power, adventure, drama, and risk for children’s development
- Children's use materials to tell stories of what is on their minds
- Conflict in childhood
- Relationships and conflict from children’s perspectives
- Children’s connections with their families
- Seeing a parent’s point of view
- Professional Practice


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Critically observe children's explorations to plan and implement curriculum experiences that start with children's strengths and curiosities
-Critically reflect with others on pedagogical documentations to increase learning about specific children
-Present complex, open-ended materials for the children to explore
-Take a lead role in a collaborative team approach to managing and implementing day to day functions of an Early Learning and Care Centre
- Demonstrate competency in areas of communication, professional conduct, guidance, and support of young children's learning and development
- Assess personal growth and skills and identify professional goals
- State the philosophy that informs best practices
- Work effectively with staff and family members to gain deeper understanding of working relationships
- Integrate skills, knowledge, and attitude from previous practicums and course work
- Demonstrate practice that adheres to the Early Childhood Educators of BC [ECEBC] code of Ethics and the BC Early Learning Framework


Willing to take risks, open to constructive criticism; reflect and maintain a professional and collegial attitude for class participation and assignment work; willing to take initiative.

- Document Ordinary Moments
- Critically reflect on practice with 'others' (children, team members, and family members), to inform curriculum decisions
- Implement curriculum that starts with children's curiosities
- Choose complex, open-ended materials for the children to explore
- Develop Pedagogical Documentations
- Develop Learning Stories
- Communicate clearly – orally and in writing
- Synthesize information
- Access personal and community resources
- Evaluate and assess professional competency and learning needs
- Work collaboratively with children, team members, and family members
- Mindful Practice-Slowing Down
- Help connect children with the wonders of the natural world
- Assist children in understanding their own power and competence
- Assist children in engaging in appropriate risks
- Practice seeing relationships and conflict from children’s perspectives
- Practice observing the details of children’s connections with their families
- Practice seeing a parent’s point of view

- BC Early Learning Framework
- ECE Occupational Competency Skills
- Current Research on strength and interest based curriculum planning
- ECEBC Code of Ethics


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Additional Comments:

This course has been approved by and adheres to the B.C. Child Care Occupational Competencies - Government of B.C.


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