During the first semester that students are enrolled in the program they are placed in Head Start programs in Rock, Walworth, and Jefferson counties for two mornings a week for twelve weeks (approximately 7 to 8 hours a week). In Head Start placements where there are multiple classrooms, more than one student can volunteer. In placements where there is only one classroom, a student may be placed alone or with a peer. Head Start placements have been developed as an opportunity to provide students with a field-based reflective experience in a national early childhood program. Each cooperating teacher documents the student's performance weekly and evaluates the quality of the student's work in a final written evaluation. The Head Start placements are explained during the classroom component of the course, during which students meet on campus every other week.
Evaluation Form for Head Start: The process for evaluating Head Start is explained in the course Observation & Participation in Head Start (EDUINDP 214).
The requirements and evaluation process for fieldwork with infants and toddlers are explained in the course Working with Infants/Toddlers and Their Families (EDUINDP 322).
During three semesters, students are enrolled in fieldwork, which is connected to the following methods courses: (1) Integrated Curriculum for Children, 3-5 (EDUINDP 320, 3 credits during the 1st semester); (2) Planning for Individual Needs (EDUINDP 442, 3 credits during the fourth semester; and (3) Integrated Curriculum for Children, 6-8, (EDUINDP 452, 3 credits during the fifth semester).
The students make the fieldwork placements in consultation with the faculty member teaching the course. The instructor discusses and distributes field work requirements during the methods course and informs cooperating teachers of the field work requirements. Cooperating teachers evaluate the quality of the students' work. Students are asked to use reflective writing and video taping to demonstrate their teaching skills and implementation of instructional strategies.
Evaluation Form for EDUINDP 443 field study courses:
Field study evaluation forms for EDUINDP 443 are based on specific initial educator standards. When students complete fieldwork, they are expected to write lesson plans and provide individual, small, and large group instruction. Specific knowledge and skills related to instructional planning and collaboration standards are highlighted in the evaluation form. Cooperating teachers complete the form once along with an hour log to document fieldwork hours. Students are responsible to make available the forms for their cooperating teacher. The forms are available on-line: Early Childhood Education Program Forms