About the Course

This supervised field experience course follows the guidelines established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students will gain experience working with young children at a local center based ECE environment under the supervision of a mentor teacher or other qualified early education professionals. Supervised field experience at a local licensed facility that operates a program under the requirements of California Department of Public Social Services. This includes Head Start, public school programs, licensed family child care providers, and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited programs. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate early childhood education methodology, utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, professional ethics, and portfolio preparation. Knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote development and learning for all young children, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Other topics of discussion will address classroom management, student learning, lesson planning, assessment, parent communications and professional development. This course requires students to attend class sessions in addition to their field experience. Students are required to complete 150 field work hours.  The field work participation is offered at different developmental levels—infancy, toddler, preschool.

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