Field Experience Capstone – EDUC 398

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An extended supervised field experience targeted to enhance teaching skills in the classroom.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Field experience in specific areas of academic interests is necessary for professional growth and development. This field experience required in this course provides opportunity for the candidate to observe and implement differentiated instruction, classroom management techniques, and other instructional approaches that have been learned and studied throughout his/her degree program. This capstone course does not lead to licensure/certification.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Participate in effective instructional activities. (PLO: PRE-A1)
  2. Model effective instructional practices, including differentiated instruction. (PLO: PRE-B2; PRE-B3; PRE-B4; D1)
  3. Prepare teaching materials for use in the classroom setting. (PLO: PRE-B2; D2; D4)
  4. Develop habits of professional participation and reflection. (PLO: PRE-C5; D5)
  5. Reflect on his/her participation throughout instructional activities. (PLO: D3)

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, videos, and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250-300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge through at least 1 in-text citation for each thread and each reply. Biblical integration will be reflected in the discussion board forums as the candidate plans for his or her classroom setup and mini unit development. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100-150 words. (MLO: D, E)

Field Experience

  1. Placement Verification

The candidate is required to complete a 45-hour practicum in a private or public school placement that aligns with the candidate’s degree program with a qualified mentor.  A qualified mentor must have at least 3 years of teaching experience and must be certified/licensed in the candidate’s degree field (certification may be state licensure, ACSI, etc.).  All 45 hours must be documented with the same mentor in order to pass this course.  The candidate will submit placement details for instructor approval before the candidate can begin to accumulate hours.  The candidate must review the review the Liberty University Field Experiences Requesting Procedures. If the candidate needs placement through one of Liberty University School of Education’s field offices, the candidate must submit his/her request by Wednesday of Module/Week 1. (MLO: A, D)

  1. Summative Assessment

The Summative Assessment is an evaluation of the student’s overall performance and professionalism in the 45-hour placement.  The assessment is completed by the candidate’s mentor teacher. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

  1. Field Experience Time Log Quiz

The candidate must begin his/her field placement no later than Module/Week 3 of the course to ensure that he/she is able to earn all 45 hours in the field.  The candidate will track placement hours through the Field Experience Time Log.  The candidate will confirm these tasks have been completed by taking the Field Experience Time Log Quiz. (MLO: A, D)

Course Overview Quiz

This quiz will review expectations related to the placement parameters. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLO: D, E)

Professionalism Quiz

This quiz will review aspects of professionalism that must be exemplified during all field experience hours. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLO: D, E)

Professional Portfolio

  1. Portfolio Phase Quizzes (2)

Portfolio Phase quizzes evaluate the progress of portfolio development.  Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLO: D, E)

  1. Portfolio

The portfolio collects benchmark assignments from the candidate’s program and highlights the student’s field experience. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Lesson

  1. Objective Statement

The candidate will meet with the mentor teacher to determine the subject, topic, and standard to be taught for the Lesson Plan assignment.  The candidate will identify these items and write the Objective Statement in alignment with the given focus. (MLO: A, C, D)

  1. Lesson Plan

Using the subject, topic, and standard identified on the Objective Statement, the candidate will write a detailed lesson plan to be taught to PreK-12 students in the assigned placement. Scriptural integration through a character education principle will be developed as part of the lesson plan. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

  1. Lesson Plan Evaluation

The Lesson Plan Evaluation is an assessment of the candidate’s ability to provide a thorough and appropriate lesson plan for the assigned placement.  The assessment is completed by the candidate’s mentor teacher. (MLO: C, D)

  1. Lesson Performance Evaluation

The candidate will teach his/her lesson in the assigned placement.  The Lesson Plan Evaluation is an assessment for the mentor teacher to observe and critique the candidate’s lesson performance.  The assessment is completed by the candidate’s mentor teacher. (MLO: A, B, C)

  1. Lesson Reflection

The candidate will write short answer responses to reflection prompts to review the candidate’s lesson performance. (MLO: D, E)

Honor Code Quiz

This quiz will evaluate the candidate’s integriy regarding the field experience, mentor document submissions, and course assignments. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 2 true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLO: D, E)

Exit Survey

The candidate will write short answer responses that focus on his or her reflection on how the program has supported preparation for classroom instruction. (MLO: D, E)

Dipositions Assessment

The candidate will write short answer responses of at least 3-5 well-developed sentences that focus on his/her experience in the classroom by identifying how they demonstrated or reflect SCRIP Dispositions: Social Responsibility, Commitment, Reflection, Integrity, and Professionalism. (MLO: D, E)