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2017-2018 Catalog Year
ECE-231: Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab

General Information

  • Name: Preschool Practicum: Early Childhood Lab
  • Discipline: Early Childhood Education
  • Units (Credits): 1–6
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education
  • Prerequisites: ECE 251 or consent of instructor

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Allows students to work directly with young children under supervision of a master teacher for three hours per week per credit. Students will contract with the instructor and supervisor for completion of projects. Projects will be related to such areas as routines in the preschool, advanced curriculum planning and implementation, or communication techniques with parents. Lesson plans will be completed and carried out with children.

II: Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

• Supervise a group of preschool children.
• Observe children objectively and describe their behavior.
• Effectively interact with preschool-age children on their level.
• Demonstrate ability to provide behavior guidance for a child and modify negative behavior.
• Demonstrate ability to encourage cooperative interaction among children.
• Plan and implement class activities in each of the five developmental areas including a multicultural component.

III: Course Linkage

This course meets one of the requirements for the A.A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education and the Certificate of Achievement. It is designed to allow students to meet the program outcome of knowing the subject matter appropriate to Early Childhood Education. Students will also: • Organize and implement developmentally appropriate environments and curriculum for young children. • Demonstrate lead teaching skills. • Be aware of community child and family service agencies. • Understand the benefits of participation in early childhood professional organizations. • Demonstrate and implement skills learned in the theory classroom.

Linkage to General Education Mission and Outcomes

Students who complete this course are expected to demonstrate they:


• Have college-level skills in reading, writing and oral communication appropriate to their degree and/or emphasis.


• Have effective and efficient learning skills, including the location and evaluation of information. • Have problem solving, critical and creative thinking skills.

Personal Development

• work effectively with others

Community Commitment

• Understand the importance of cultural traditions, diversity, and ethics in the modern world. • know the basic principles and processes of government at the local, state, national and international levels.

Scheduled ECE-231 classes:

Fall 2017