ECE 121 - Early Childhood Education Laboratory II

Course Description

This is the captsone course for the Early Childhood Education program of study. In this course, the student will synthesize their learning by functioning as a member of an instructional team in an approved early care and education program (nursery school, childcare, preschool, Head Start). A qualified in-service classroom teacher and the College’s supervisor of the field experience carefully supervise the student’s activity. A weekly seminar discusses successes, challenges and issues arising from this laboratory experience . 90 hours in the field experience is required. Background clearances including FBI, Pa Child Abuse and Pa Criminal clearances and a Pennsylvania approved child abuse recognition and reporting training is required prior to enrollment in this course. Documentation of a negative TB test is also required.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Construct and implement lessons based on student’s stage of cognitive development using a multisensory approach that supports exploration and understanding of the world.
Create environments that are educationally focused, respectful, supportive and challenging for all children.
Construct and implement an integrated program that includes all content areas across the learning standards.
Use of methods that support children’s development in all domains and content areas.
Implement accommodations and modifications for diverse learners.
Use appropriate interactions between teachers and students and among students.
Construct and implement lesson and activity plans that set instructional goals and objectives guided by content, pedagogy, and developmental considerations that are consistent with Pennsylvania’s learning standards.
Document children’s learning for families through classroom displays.

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 6

Course Prerequisites: ECE 111 with a grade of C or better.