EDEC 304 Pre Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood I

Structured and supervised third-level classroom and community-based experiences. Candidates apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions about social, emotional, physical and mental development of infant/toddler and preschool/ kindergarten children. Hosting school(s) and state funded community-based agencies serve as field placements. In addition to field assignments in EDEC 300, EDEC 304, SPED 321 and EDEC 309, and other specific tasks identified for Pre Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood I, candidates are expected to actively participate, interact, and learn from the field supervisor and/or classroom teacher by observing and assisting in the day-to-day responsibilities related to caring for and nurturing infant/toddler and/or preschool children in classroom or special programs. The supervising faculty assesses the candidate’s performance as a direct caregiver of infant/toddler and qualified staff member for preschool/kindergarten children, and makes recommendations for the Pre Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood II. The ECE program coordinator is in charge of practicum placement in collaboration with school and community partners. A combined total of 100 fieldwork hours in EDEC 300, EDEC 304, SPED 321 and EDEC 309. Pre Practicum placement will be scheduled three times a week (Monday through Friday), 8:00AM-12:00PM, in a preschool and/or infant/toddler setting. NOTE: Candidate must pass the field experience requirements in order to pass the course. CT law requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check for the field experiences in this class. Fingerprinting must be completed prior to the beginning of class




EDEC 204, EDEC 205, EDT 201 and EDEC 206. Taken concurrently with EDEC 300, SPED 321 and EDEC 309. Candidates must complete IT Module 3, and Infant/Toddler Mental Health Modules 1 & 2.

General Education


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