Bachelors Degree - Early Care and Education

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Course Information
Practicum I - Child Observations in Classroom Environments

Course Description
Practicum I is an opportunity for university students to have a guided learning experience in a professional agency that provides services to children and families. Experiences and projects at the practicum site provide practicum students with opportunity to use and implement theories and practices learned in other ECEMS classes. Topics of this practicum include professionalism, development of the classroom environment, use of observation and assessment strategies, communication with respect for children, confidentiality for children and families, and guidance strategies for social and emotional development. NOTE: This course can only be taken after the successful completion of pre-Practicum I courses. Students enroll in Practicum I through their home university. This course has 120 contact hours, or approximately 8-10 hours of work per week. OPTION: Practicum I Waiver A Practicum I waiver is available for consideration for paid lead teachers, instructional assistants, and paraprofessionals who have had one or more years of experience in an early childhood setting in the last three years. A student completes the Great Plains IDEA ECEMS Petition to Waive Practicum I and returns it to the GP IDEA Practicum Coordinator at least eight weeks prior to the semester in which Practicum I is to be completed. The decision regarding each request is based on the supporting documentation and is made by a committee of faculty members and must have the approval of the home university academic advisor. If the Practicum I waiver is approved, the student will need to substitute 3 credit hours or transfer in an additional 3 hours of course work.

Michelle Mathews
Office: 573-884-6800

Campus Coordinator

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Disability Support Services

To request accommodations for this course, contact the disability support office at your home university. You must register each semester and for each course. Read more about the Great Plains IDEA process for requesting accommodations.


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Course Access

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Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

– – Sarah Farley, Comunity Development Master's Graduate,
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