Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ECE 260A
Course Title:
Advanced Practicum Seminar 1
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Course Description

Refines skills necessary for supporting the total development of children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years, in a group setting and to integrate child development theory and practice in two interdependent components: seminar and field work experience. Department permission required. Prerequisites: Certificate level courses plus WR 121, HEC 226, ECE 221. Corequisites: ECE 264. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Participating students are expected to attend seminar as scheduled and on time, actively participate in all aspects of the seminar, and complete all required assignments for seminar.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:1. Collect and represent documentation of advanced standard achievement as specified in the NAEYC Standards for Initial Professional Preparation.2. Use the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired in pre- and co-requisite coursework to discuss working with children in the field.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students Will:

·        Actively participate in seminar discussions and activities.

·        Develop a Competency Portfolio which documents their completion of the competencies for Advanced Practicum (Lab).

·        Complete a reflective, progress journal.

·        Examine developmental learning theories and describe how these theories explain the way children learn.

·        Relate learning theories to the role of play in the development of infants, toddlers, and pre-school children.

·        Develop a system for gathering and organizing data, over time, for individuals and groups of children and develop plans for presenting that information to parents.

·        Using child development knowledge and observation/assessment techniques, create developmentally appropriate plans for the group of children with whom they are working.


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Students will reflect on and discuss the theories, practices, skills, and abilities relating to:

·        Personal and Professional Practice

·        Parent, Family, and Community Involvement

·        Relationships with Children

·        Observation and Guidance

·        Environment and Curriculum

·        Management and Supervision.