Directed Practicum – EDUC 698

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

Course Description

A planned program of practice in an educational setting under the direct supervision of University faculty and/or appropriate school administrator. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

Prerequisite

(Background Clear Virginia with a score of 5 or Background Clear International with a score of 5 or Background Clear Out of State with a score of 5 or Background Check Clearance with a score of 5) and Non-Licensure Gate 3 with a score of 5

Note: Completed application and approval of Department Chair

Rationale

Field experiences in specific areas of academic interests are necessary for professional growth and development. This course is for candidates who are not pursuing initial licensure.  Candidates may be seeking add-on endorsements in early childhood education, gifted education, and educational leadership.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss how the three components in the Conceptual Framework integrate into teaching situations.
  2. Assemble documentation that enhances the ability of teachers in a specific area of teaching.
  3. Develop a project related to the field of education which demonstrates the professional development of a Christian worldview pertinent to Christian, public, and private schools.
  4. Establish a pattern of professional growth and development though various means such as professional conference attendance, reading professional journals, and/or staying current in topics related to the field.
  5. Employ grading rubrics to assess various written and verbal presentations.
  6. Discuss with other educational professionals elements pertaining to continual professional growth.
  7. Choose an area from the course text to apply, as a Christian professional, to the classroom.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings 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)

In addition to an Introduction/Welcome Discussion Board, there will be 2 graded Discussion Board Forums during the course. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant current course topics. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to post 1 thread of at least 300 words. In addition to the original thread, the candidate will submit replies of at least 100 words each to 2 classmates’ original threads. MLO: A,B,C,D,E,F

Field Experience

As a capstone practicum, this course requires the candidate to complete 45 field experience hours in the candidate’s degree program during this eight week course. MLO: A,B,D,E,F

Application for Field Placement

Application for field placement must be completed and submitted to the placement office by Wednesday of week 1. 

Contact Information

The Field Experience: Contact Information will provide the instructor with the contact information of the school in which the field experience will take place.

Evaluation and Report

The candidate will submit an evaluation and report of the field experience completed during the course by following a provided template.

Log

The candidate will keep track of the field experience hours completed in the course and record of the hours must be verified in the FEM. The log must be completed according to the template provided.

Course Project

The candidate will complete a research-based project that will be developed on information obtained from various sources that the he/she could apply to the actual project.  This project is not to be a report about a selected topic, but the development of an actual plan of action that could be implemented to improve the  classroom and school.  Research will provide the foundational basis from which the plan will be developed.  For this project, the implementation of the plan is not required due to the brevity of this eight week course, but the project is to be completed so that it could be implemented in the near future, if the candidate’s administrator desired.  To fulfill the requirements for the final project, two main aspects are to be met.  The first element is an actual document that includes a proposal, literature review, detailed plan of action, and summative assessment chart summary. The second element of the plan is the means that could be used to train other teachers to implement this plan in their classrooms.  This often is in the form of a PPT.  Three assignments will be sequentially completed to show progress in developing the project.  MLO: A,B,C,D,F,H

Proposal

The candidate will select a topic related to the field of education and submit a formal written proposal.

Midterm Progress Report

The candidate will complete and submit the Midterm Progress Report along with the documents completed up to that point for review.

Final Submission

The candidate will complete remaining portions of the project.

Lesson Assignment

The candidate will complete a weekly block plan of five teaching days and teach one day of lessons from that block plan. The planning and implementation of this assignment will include: Lesson Planning, Block Planning, Teaching the Lesson, and the Lesson Reflection. MLO: A,B,C,D,E,F

Lesson Planning

The candidate must meet with the mentor to discuss topics or subjects that could be developed into a weekly block of lesson plans. 

Weekly Block Plan

The candidate will complete a Weekly Block Plan that could be utilized in teaching, of which, one day of these lessons will be actually taught in Module/Week 5. The candidate will submit the block plan to the supervisor/mentor for prior approval prior to week 5.   

Teaching the Lesson

The candidate will teach one full day of lessons in the field placement.  The mentor will observe/critique the instruction. 

Lesson Evaluation

The Lesson Evaluation form will be completed by the mentor to evaluate the candidate’s teaching performance.

Lesson Reflection

The candidate will complete and submit the Lesson Reflection in the Weekly Block Plan document for the one day utilized.

Portfolio

The candidate will complete the portfolio he/she has been working on throughout the program and will submit the portfolio via LiveText. MLO: A,B,C,D,E,F,G