The Early Childhood Practicum is designed to introduce students to early childhood classroom settings and to prepare for classroom teaching. Students are placed in high-quality early childhood environments, 3-star or higher rated or NAEYC accredited. Students will work under the supervision of experienced mentor teachers and faculty.
The A.A.S Degree Program requires two practicum courses: EDU 184 – Early Childhood Intro Practicum and EDU 284 – Early Childhood Capstone Practicum.
The Certificate with a Specialization in Early Childhood requires one practicum course: EDU 184 – Early Childhood Intro Practicum.
EDU184 requires students to be placed in a childcare setting for 3 hours per week (48 hours per semester) and EDU284 requires students to be placed in a childcare setting for 9 hours per week (144 hours per semester). In addition, participation in a weekly or bi-weekly seminar is required.
Practicum I & II enrollment information will be announced well in advance of college registration period; beginning October for Spring semester and March for Fall semester. Announcement flyer will be placed on Blackboard, Early Childhood webpage, and in the Early Childhood area on Harris Campus. Faculty advisors will also send an information email to current program students. Please note that eligibility for EDU 184 or EDU 284 does not guarantee a seat as spaces are limited.