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EDUC 2100 Practicum 1 Sec.1 & NT

Fall 2014
Instructor: Aaron Jensen
Office: 1342
Contact Information: aajensen@wwcc.wy.edu or (307) 382-1776
Credits: 1 semester hour
Time: Section 1: MWF 1-1:50
Location/Room: RSC/ 1438
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10-11:30 am, Tuesday 10:30 11:30; additional appointments
scheduled as needed. You can also reach me at any time through email.
Prerequisites: EDCI 1010 Field Experience
Co-Requisite: EDFD 2020 Foundations of Education
Transferability: Transfers to most four-year institutions as required practicum hours. Transfers to UW EDST
2480 Diversity & Politics of Schooling or part of EDUC 2000 and EDUC 3000; Regis University and Valley
City requirements are also met. This course must be combined with EDFD 2020 to count as a direct transfer.
Keep this course outline for future transferability issues with other schools. Students planning to attend another
school should check with that institution concerning transferability, since transferability is up to the discretion
of each institution.
Required Text & Website:
No text required, however, the student is expected to use the EDFD 2020 text and websites as references.
Students will submit journal reflections to instructor via Mustang Cruiser. In addition to the five formal
reflections, the student will and turn in a hard copy of the sign-in timesheet, a final summary of the
observations, and a signed teacher evaluation by Dec. 5th.
Course Description: This practicum, taken concurrently with Foundations of Education, provides an
opportunity to tie course concepts to actual field experience in the public schools. A minimum of thirty hours of
classroom time will be spent in the classroom spread over the course of 10 weeks at the teaching level being
considered by the student. A reflective journal will be kept and saved to your Efolio, as well.
WWCC Goals for Student Success & Course Objectives:
WWCC Goals

Goals for This Course

Express in writing and orally
the students observations,
interactions, and knowledge
gained through classroom
field experience concerning
schools relationship to the
community served,
governance within the school
district, philosophical style of
teachers, and instructional

Class Activity
Field observation and

Knowledge and application
of the teaching profession
gained through experience
will be assessed by
individual and EDFD 2020
class discussions and
journal writings.

See Issues from


Solve Problems
Develop Life

Recognize and evaluate

different styles and
philosophies of host teachers
to expand the students
understanding of the teaching
Support with evidence the
growth and development in
the students competence to
reflect and analyze the
practicum experience.

Observations and
interactions with public
school teachers and

Applications of learning in
the field experience journal
writing and EDFD 2020
class discussions.

Journal writing and

summary report.

(21st Century Skills)

Interpersonal skills and
mastery of information
gathering and analysis will
be assessed by submission
of the students journal of
observation, experience,
comparison of teacher
practices, and identification
of student needs.
A summary report will be
prepared and submitted
based on the students

Methods of Instruction: Classroom visitations and journal reflections. A minimum thirty hours of public
classroom participation spread over a period of 10 weeks with a reflection due on the dates included in this
syllabus. The student and supervising teacher will decide the level and type of participation. Placement will be
made in a classroom situation as close to the students interest as possible. EDFD 2020 class discussions,
journal reflections of the experience, and a final summary based on the students journal reflections are
Instructions for reflections are provided on Blackboard.
Grading Policy: Grades will be based on date-specified submission of five formal journal reflections, which
due dates are included in this syllabus, a final summary of observations, a timesheet and a teacher evaluation
submitted at completion of the 30 hours.
The 30 hours must be completed and all paper work turned in by Dec 5th.
Five Formal Reflections 25pts
Final Summary of Observations 25pts
Timesheet 25pts
Teacher Evaluation - 25pts
Grading Scale 90 - 100% =
80 - 89% =
70 - 79% =
60 - 69% =
Below 59% =
Grade are not rounded


Attendance and Class Participation: Attendance and participation in all scheduled visitations at school sites
is crucial to the learning process. Students are expected to be PRESENT, PROMPT, PREPARED, and
PARTICIPATE in the observations, activities and discussions arranged with the participating teachers.
Discussions about the visits will take place in EDFD 2020 class meetings. Students must complete a minimum
of 30 hours of visitations spread over 10 weeks to receive credit for the course. The instructor reserves the
right to assign a grade of F to students who fail to fulfill the minimum 30 hours. Difficulties in the
practicum may result in removal or reassignment. The instructor reserves the right to make the final
decision concerning practicum placement or student removal from the practicum. Special circumstances
will be handled as appropriate. Keep the instructor informed of any circumstances requiring special
consideration. NOTE: Participating teacher evaluations of practicum students may be considered in the final
Due Dates for Reflections via email Mustang Cruiser:
9/26 - Reflection 1
10/10 - Reflection 2
10/24- Reflection 3
11/7 - Reflection 4
11/21- Reflection 5
12/5 Final Reflection
Deadline for all coursework: Dec. 5th
Incomplete Policy: You may request the grade of I (Incomplete) after the mid-point of the course when
unexpected circumstances, such as illness or military service, make it impossible for you to complete the
remaining work by the end of the semester. You must, however, be passing the course with a C or better at
the mid-point of the course. The purpose of an incomplete, therefore, is not to repeat the entire course but to
complete no more than 50% of the grade. It is your responsibility to initiate this process, but an Incomplete is
assigned solely at the instructors discretion. Check the College Catalog for the entire policy.
Appropriate Student Behavior: One of the Colleges goals is to See Issues from Multiple Perspectives.
Therefore, part of this class will involve hearing and reading perspectives different from your own. Everyone in
class has a right to learn and express their views in a comfortable environment, so please be considerate of
others rights to hear, take notes or exams, express their ideas and participate in the class. College policy 5420A
states that the College can immediately suspend or dismiss a student for disciplinary reasons if the college
considers the students actions detrimental to its educational purposes.
Students with Special Needs: It is the responsibility of the student who qualifies for specific accommodations
under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) who wishes to seek services, to contact Disability Support
Services (DSS) each semester to apply for accommodations. The DSS Specialist can be reached at (307) 3821806, or via e-mail at kflaim@wwcc.wy.edu The DSS office is in Room 2015 within the Student Development
Center. The DSS office will provide information regarding appropriate accommodations to the instructor of
this course.
Changes to the Syllabus: The schedule and procedures in this syllabus/outline are subject to change in the
event of extenuating circumstances. Students will be notified of any changes.
Course schedule and InTASC Learning outcomes can be found connected to the EDFD 2020 Syllabus.