As part of the three credit course in semester one, Observation and Reflection in Head Start, students will complete 75 hours in a head start classroom in Rock, Walworth or Jefferson County. Program assignments and schedules will be arranged between the head start coordinator, the class instructor and the students. Students will be asked to attend two orientations to head start, one after being admitted to the program and one on the first day of class in January. Expectations for students will be outlined in the course. The course instructor will make a visit to each placement during the classroom, to check on progress of students, but will not do an observation of each student. Students will be evaluated by their cooperating teachers. Students are responsible to make available the forms for their cooperating teacher, which can be found here.
Infant/Toddler: As part of the three credit course in semester two, Working with Infants, Toddlers and their Families, students will complete 50 hours in a classroom with children between birth and three years old. The course instructor is responsible for making placements. In an effort to ensure our students are part of high quality infant/toddler classrooms, efforts will be made to place all students in YoungStar four and five star classrooms. Expectations for students will be outlined in the course. This is an unsupervised placement; students will be evaluated by their cooperating teachers. Students are responsible to make available the forms for their cooperating teacher, which can be found here.
Field Study: Ages 3 through 8 (EDUINDP 443) 1 credit - 50 hours during 1st, 3rd, Fall Semesters
During 2 semesters, students are enrolled in fieldwork, which is connected to the following methods courses: (1) Planning for Individual Needs (EDUINDP 442, 3 credits (2) Integrated Curriculum for Children, 6-8, (EDUINDP 452, 3 credits 3rd 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 videotaping 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, which can be found here.