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Field Experiences:
Preparing Students to Support Each Young Learner
June 2014
Introductions
Featuring
Nancy Beaver (TX)
Cheryl Bulat (IL)
Camille Catlett (NC)
Ana DeHoyos-O’Connor (TX)
Nancy Gabriel (NY)
Elizabeth Golen-Johnson (WA)
Elisa Huss-Hage (OH)
Sharon Little (NC)
Carrie Nepstad (IL)
Melanie Nollsch (IA)
Susan Simon (IA)
Terri Sinclair (TX)
Mary Skinner (WA)
http://fpg.unc.edu/presentations/fieldexperiences-preparing-students-supporteach-young-learner
Getting Grounded
◦ Definitions
◦ NAEYC guidance
◦ Recent evidence
Points of Pride/Places for Progress
Table Top Discussions (x3)
Panel Discussion
Back Home Planning
Evaluation
Field
Experiences
Internship
Lab
Clinical Experiences
Practicum
Observation
Student Teaching
NAEYC
Guidance
What is
NAEYC
Standard 7?
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The program’s field experiences support candidates’
learning in relation to the NAEYC standards.
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Rationale: Candidates will understand and apply the
competencies reflected in the NAEYC standards when
they are able to observe, implement, and receive
constructive feedback in real-life settings.
- Field experiences are consistent with outcomes
emphasized in NAEYC’s standards, are well planned and
sequenced, and allow candidates to integrate theory,
research, and practice.
- When the settings used for field experiences do not
reflect standards of quality, candidates are provided
with other models and/or experiences to ensure that
they are learning to work with young children and
families in ways consistent with the NAEYC standards.
Indicators of strength: (continued)
Faculty and other supervisors help candidates to make meaning
of their experiences in early childhood settings and to evaluate
those experiences against standards of quality.
- Adults who mentor and supervise candidates provide positive
models of early childhood practice consistent with NAEYC’s
standards.
- Field experiences expose candidates to a variety of cultural,
linguistic, and ethnic settings for early childhood care and
education.
- Field experiences provide opportunities for candidates to
observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood
groups (birth-age 3, 3-5, 5-8) and in at least two of the three
main types of early education settings (early school grades, child
care centers and homes, Head Start programs).
Excerpt from NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation
Handbook (Page 79)
Field Experiences and clinical practice:
Includes field observations, field work, practica, candidate teaching and other
“clinical” practice experiences such as home visiting. A planned sequence of
these experiences supports candidate development of understanding,
competence and dispositions in a specialized area of practice.
Excerpt from Self-Study Report template for first-time accreditation
(Page 20)
Sources of evidence:
1) Report:
- a one- to two-page description of program’s approach to using field
experiences.
- program chart of field experiences (see example below)
- a one-page description of plans to address challenges and build on current
strengths in this area.
2) Site Visit: Interviews with faculty, candidates, cooperating teachers, and other
supervisors
Excerpt from Self-Study Report template for first-time accreditation
(Page 21)
Please provide a one- to two-page description of program’s approach to using field experiences:
Please provide a program chart of field experiences (see example below):
Sample program chart of field experiences
Location/Setting
# Hours
Age Group
Assignments
Field
Experience
#1
Field
Experience
#2
Please provide a one-page description of plans to address
challenges and build on current strengths in this area:
Chart of field experiences
Owens Community College: Early Childhood Education Technology degree
(0) = observation
(P) = practice
Core Course
Location/Setting
# Hours
Age Group
Assignments
10 hours
ECE 100
Intro to ECE
Child Care Centers
Preschools
Head Start
Community agencies
Professional
organizations
Birth-age 3
3-5 years
5-8 years
Center Observation visit (O)
Service learning activity (P)
Professional Development Assignment (O)
Public Preschools
Public/Private/ Charter
Schools Inclusive settings
12 hours
3-5 years
5-8 years
Classroom Visits (O)
(2 different age groups in two different
settings)
Child Care Centers and
Homes
Preschools
Head Start
-Public/Private
Charter Schools
5 hour minimum
Birth-age 3
3-5 years
5-8 years
Infant/Toddler Observation (O)
Conservation Observation (O)
School Age Topics Exploration (O)
Literacy Training
Programs
-Public/Private
Charter Schools
-Community Agencies
10 hour minimum
5-8 years
Literacy Tutoring Documentation (P)
Literacy Environment Assessment (O)
Child Care Centers
and Homes
Preschools
Head Start
Public/Private/ Charter
Schools
20 hours
3-5 years
Case Study (P)
Mock Parent Interview (P)
Child Care Centers
and Homes
Preschools
Head Start
Public/Private/ Charter
Schools
5 hour minimum
Birth-age 3
3-5 years
ITERS (O)
Infant/Toddler Activity Plan (P)
EDU 100
Intro to Education
EDU 101
Child Development
ECE 104
Emergent Literacy
ECE 106
Assessment and
Observation in Education
ECE 109
Play, Learning and
Environments
High quality field experience sites
are hard to find
 High quality inclusive field
experience sites are even harder to
find

from Camille’s conversations with faculty across
the country
A lack of distinction among labels
for clinical experiences, such as
[observ-ations], practica, field
experiences, or student teaching
can obfuscate variations in
learning outcomes for students.
from By Default or By Design (page 3)
Institutions lack clear,
rigorous criteria for the
selection of cooperating
teachers – either on paper or
in practice.
from Student Teaching in the US (page 3 of
handout)
Institutions do not take
advantage of important
opportunities to provide
guidance and feedback to
student teachers.
from Student Teaching in the US (page 3 of
handout)
93% of programs preparing early childhood
teachers do not require a student teaching
experience in a setting they describe as
‘diverse’, ‘multicultural’ or in some other way
that suggests the program expects the
student teacher will gain experience with
children of color, second language learners,
children from many cultures and ethnicities,
and immigrant, poor and special needs
children.
from Ray, Bowman, & Robbins (page 3 of handout)
Offering students the opportunity to
experience diverse field placements within a
supportive context has been shown to expand
their thinking about teaching and learning
and to push them to develop their own sense
of themselves as early childhood teachers.
from Recchia, Beck, Esposito, & Tarrant (page 4 of handout)
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Set a vision for strong and positive
outcomes
Institute high standards for student
participation and placement
Provide guidance and evaluation to
students
Gather feedback on student placements
from Student Teaching in the US (page 3 of handout)
Require prospective teachers to be
assessed using valid and reliable tools,
provide those teachers with access to
assessment results and videos of their
practice, and provide research-based
strategies for improvement using those
assessments (p. 18)
from Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to
Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years and Early Grades
(page 4 of handout)
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Type of program (e.g.,
child care, PreK, Head
Start)?
Children served (e.g.,
cultural, linguistic, and
ability diversity)?
What you want students
to learn (e.g., knowledge,
skill, dispositions)?
How the field experience
will mesh with the course
experience?
Discuss,
and jot down on post-it notes,
examples of effective field experience
practices (include your name and
email address)
Points of Pride
Then discuss,
and jot down on post-it notes,
areas in which your program is
challenged or would like to improve.
(Don’t include your name on these
examples).
Places for Progress
Points of Pride will be transcribed and posted
to http://fpg.unc.edu/presentations/fieldexperiences-preparing-students-supporteach-young-learner
TABLE #
PRESENTER(S)
TOPIC
1
Nancy Gabriel
Nancy Beaver
2
Field experiences related to children of
Elizabeth Golendiverse disabilities and early childhood
Johnson Mary Skinner inclusion
Carrie Nepstad
3
4
Melanie Nollsch
Susan Simon
Sharon Little
5
Cheryl Bulat
6
Field experiences in online programs
Developing quality experiences in an
urban setting
Working with cooperating teachers
Partnerships for developing diverse
experiences in a rural setting
Nature-based field experiences
7
Elisa Huss-Hage
Camille Catlett
8
Ana DeHoyos-O’Connor
Developing dispositions
Terri Sinclair
9
?????????????
Requiring a variety of experiences for
students who work full time
Independent study
• thing you will use with students?
• thing you will share with someone else?
• change you will make in what you’re doing?
• idea you’d like to pursue or learn more about?
Nancy Gabriel
Elisa Huss-Hage
Sharon Little
Carrie Nepstad
New York
Ohio
North
Carolina
Illinois
Please complete the
evaluation and leave
it on your table
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