General Course Information for SPD678: ECSE Field Experience

Course: SPD678 - ECSE Field Experience
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

This course must be taken as the final course in the ECSE program, candidates complete observations and teach children with disabilities through in-depth experiences (80 hrs total) with children are culturally diverse in in-home and preschool settings in small and whole groups. Candidates arrange ECSE field experiences and participate in reflective supervision with a site supervisor. At least 10 hours must be at a site where you do not work and the ECSE Exit Exam is taken in this course.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate and synthesize knowledge of developmental and learning characteristics of young children with developmental delays and disabilities
  • Demonstrate and synthesize knowledge of evidence-based practice of young children with developmental delays and disabilities and may be English Language Learners
  • Demonstrate and evaluate professional skills in family-centered practice and partnerships in In-Home and Preschool programs
  • Collect and analyze observation data in early childhood settings with families and young children of diverse backgrounds who have IFSPs/IEPs
  • Successfully completed and evaluate in-depth field experience activities in In-Home Service Delivery Model with families of infants and toddlers with IFSPs
  • Successfully completed and evaluate in-depth field experience activities in developmentally appropriate preschool serving young children with IEPs in whole groups, small groups, and individually.
  • Demonstrate and evaluate professional skills in reflective practice with a trained ECSE supervisor.
Course Requirements:

Students are expected to attend all class sessions and actively participate in class activities and discussions, complete examinations as scheduled, and to turn in all assignments on time. Students are also expected to read all assigned material prior to the class session in which the material is presented and be prepared to contribute to discussion and dialogue.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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  • Recorded class presentations
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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures