May 24, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

EDU 251 - Supervised Field Placement And Seminar I


Course Description: Students will gain experience working with young children and early childhood professionals in a pre-school, infant/toddler, or public school setting. Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate teaching skills, guidance, organization, and leadership skills for individual as well as groups of children by the end of the course. Seminar classes are planned to discuss diverse topics in early childhood education. Students will attend class weekly in addition to their field practicum, which is 15 hours per week per semester (at least 150 hours). Practicum site by permission of instructor.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of EDU 101; and completion of EDU 150, or EDU 153.
Note(s): In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, the elderly, or other vulnerable populations, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI)

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Create a five section Early Childhood Education Portfolio, showcasing knowledge of the NAEYC Standards and professional development training opportunities, using the ECE Departmental Guidelines as a basis for your portfolio.
  • Write and present one lesson plan per week at placement site making including the appropriate MA Guidelines in the lesson and incorporate five cognitive based questions during the lesson.
  • Design a theme integrated learning center to incorporate learning center/concept areas in the classroom in alignment with the MA Guidelines that reflect developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Write and present a five-page advocacy paper analyzing personal strengths and weaknesses in the seven teaching competencies and describe the class advocacy efforts.
  • Research the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, analyze a case study to determine if you would file a 51A and be prepared to defend your decision based on established 51A criteria, demonstrate how it is your moral and social responsibility to protect children and relevance of mandated reporter law.
  • Work or volunteer a minimum of 150 hours in a practicum setting with observation and evaluation by MCC Faculty three times to determine teaching competency in one of the five settings: Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Elementary School, Family Child Care, and Paraprofessional Setting, and self-evaluate teaching performance.

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