ECE 276C

Students will work in NHTI-approved Early Childhood Education (ECE) settings for children in infant/toddler care, preschool, or kindergarten under the supervision of early childhood Cooperating Teachers. Weekly seminars conducted by NHTI faculty offer support for students as they explore the characteristics of responsive child-centered emergent curriculum projects. Students will document and reflect on their experiences with children, families, and professional partners through projects as they develop a project history book connecting theory to practice. Students will also be encouraged to develop and embrace the dispositions of wonder, disequilibrium, and reflective practice as they experience the role of “teacher as researcher” through the process of action research. The 105 hours they spend at their sites over the course of the semester will include lead teaching responsibilities and will require flexibility in scheduling to allow for two full days at the site. Video-captures of the practicum students in the action of teaching will be required. NHTI ECE faculty schedule site visits to review and evaluate student progress during their practicum experience. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in Practicum 2 in order to graduate from the Early Childhood Education program. Service Learning is a component of this course. (Prerequisites: all 100 level ECE courses, a grade of “C” or higher in ECE 275C; a 2.5 GPA in major field courses, permission of the ECE Practicum Coordinator and submission of all required documents. ECE 242C, ECE 270C and ECE 290C may be taken concurrently with ECE 276C.)