Course Abstract Details

ECE-270, Early Childhood Education Capstone Field

Credits: 3

Course Description

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 capstone project 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-104, EDUC-130, EDUC-131, and ENGL-101. Two hours lecture. Three
hours field experience each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:
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)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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