Course Abstract Details
ECE-270, Early Childhood Education Capstone Field
ECE-270, Early Childhood Education Capstone Field Experience, provides a structured field-based experience in an approved early childhood setting and is required for students preparing to become teachers. Students will engage in a guided field observation of the teaching and learning process for a total of forty-five hours. Students will complete their professional portfolio and Internet assignment and attend on-campus lectures. It is highly recommended that ECE-270 is taken as one of the last courses completed for the associate's degree. Prerequisites: ECE-101, ECE-102, and ECE-104. Two hours lecture. Three hours field experience each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.
Course Objectives and Grading Information
1. Analyze observations of children, teachers, instruction and programs in an early childhood setting. (GE 2, 3; PG 1, 2, 3)
2. Explain the roles and responsibilities of the early childhood teacher. (GE 7; PG 1)
3. Discuss common management needs relative to the early childhood classroom.
(GE 1, 2, 5; PG 1, 2, 3)
4. Identify a variety of instructional strategies that encourage the development of divergent and critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills of children at the early childhood level. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 2, 3)
5. Discuss the practice of inclusion of students with special needs in the regular classroom.
(GE 6; PG 1, 3)
6. Use constructive feedback to improve skills and develop appropriate professional behavior.
(GE 3, 7; PG 2, 3)
7. Demonstrate commitment to a professional code of ethical conduct. (GE 7; PG 1, 2, 3)
8. Translate observations in effective teaching and management practices. (GE 3, 5 ; PG 3)
The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study: