Prepares students to teach in various types of preschool programs and apply knowledge gained from the Inquiry Based Preschool Curriculum course. This 45 clock hour practicum is to be taken concurrently with the corresponding section of CHD-231.
Under guided supervision, students will demonstrate developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies. Students will use their knowledge of inquiry based curriculum to plan developmentally appropriate lessons. Child centered, play oriented approaches to teaching, learning, assessment, and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as students design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for preschool children. Integrated curriculum across domains is aligned with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-K.
The following MDE Standards of Quality will be covered in this course: Language Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Social-Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, and Physical Health and Development. Students seeking the Preschool CDA Certification may use the completed 45 practicum hours to help fulfill the required 480 hours working with preschool children (ages 3-5). Students must complete specific requirements before beginning a practicum experience. (see General Course Requirements).