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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 198
Course Title: Field Experience I
Number of:
Credit Hours 1
Lecture Hours 1
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Students, under the guidance of college supervisors and classroom teachers, expand their knowledge of teaching through observation and participation in classroom activities. Successful completion of 15-45 clock hours in a Level 2 field placement plus attendance at a weekly
seminar is required. (Number of hours required is determined by course enrollment). Students must complete the Field Experience Application at least one term prior to taking course. Prerequisite: EDUC 100. $40 lab fee. Offered Fall.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

EDUC 100.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current edition of one of the following:

A Guide to Observation, Participation, and Reflection in the classroom
By Reed, A. & Bergemann, V. (McGraw-Hill)
Observation Skills for Effective Teaching
By Borich, G.D. (Pearson)
Course Objectives

• To discuss the meaning of all MoSPEs through observation of teaching practice and student learning.
• To demonstrate understanding of the organization operation of a school.
• To observe characteristics of teachers and students in schools.
• To maintain classroom records, produce teaching materials, design bulletin boards, and other miscellaneous skills necessary in the classroom.
• To interact with students on an individual and/or small group basis.
• To make decisions concerning teaching as a career choice.
• To develop proficiencies in participant observation.
• To collect Teacher Certification Portfolio materials.

Measurable Learning

• Evaluate and analyze the organization and operation of a schooL
• Evaluate and analyze the characteristics of teachers and students in schools.
• Develop proficiencies in related classroom activities such as maintaining classroom records, producing teaching materials, designing bulletin boards, and other miscellaneous skills necessary in the classroom.
• Develop a rapport and interaction with students on an individual and/or small group basis.
• Evaluate and analyze proficiencies in participant observation.
• Construct portfolio materials, including a synthesis of field experience reflections that will serve as a benchmark assignment in this course.
• Evaluate and analyze decisions concerning teaching as a career choice.

Topical Outline:

  • Observing classroom interaction
  • Observing classroom management
  • Observing teachers
  • Observing curriculum
  • Observing students
  • Observing school culture and organization
  • Portfolio construction


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

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    Prepared by: Linda Bradley Date: October 8, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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