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Early Childhood Pre-Practicum PreK-2

This one-credit field experience is organized around the Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA) tool, which guides both candidates' observations of experienced teachers at work, and candidates' own lesson delivery later in the semester. University supervisors hold two organizational meetings during the semester (beginning and end) to discuss general issues stemming from field placements and to ensure candidates have a solid grasp of the PPA tool with which their lesson delivery is assessed. Students spend one day a week in a Prek-2nd grade public school classroom where they start observing and incrementally taking responsibilities. From helping one single student to small group monitoring, the experience leads to the teaching of a lesson to the whole class that is assessed by the university supervisor. Such assessment is discussed with each individual student and a plan to identify areas and strategies for improvement is completed.

Pre Requisites: pre-req= ECHD 201, 211, and 440

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