Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

EDUC 608: Education Leadership Practicum Certificate

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  Course Description

This course will provide a field-based integrated project to establish the framework, development and competencies for portfolio artifacts for the adopted standards for School Leaders (ISLLC Standards, Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium). This course should be one of the last two courses taken in the program. Missouri students only.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing; M.Ed. status

Proctored Exams: None



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

There are not required texts for this course, although the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, is the source that governs writing and formatting for the Integrative Portfolio.

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

This course will provide a supervised internship in the field to establish the framework, development, and competency for portfolio writings and artifacts for the adopted standards for School Leaders (PSEL: Professional Standards for Educational Leaders). During this 8-week session, students will develop the first half of their final portfolio as designated by the Handbook.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify personal strengths and weaknesses as an aspiring leader when compared to current PSEL standards.
  2. Develop synthesis papers for each PSEL Standard with integration of associated courses, theorists, and practicum experiences for an oral defense.
  3. Develop presentation to demonstrate integration of PSEL standards, associated courses, theorists, and practicum experiences.
  4. Complete 150 practicum hours and summarize the hours with associated artifacts.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 720-800 90-100%
B 640-719 80-89%
C 560-639 70-79%
F 0-559 0-69%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (14) 75 9%
Narratives (11) 225 28%
Practicum Hour Chart and Summaries 150 hours (1) 150 19%
Presentation of Standards (1) 50 6%
Portfolio Part 1 (1) 300 38%
Total 800 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 5 Thursday/Saturday
Discussion 2 5
Dropbox 1-Personal Narrative 25 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 5 Wednesday/Friday
Discussion 4 5
Dropbox 2-Standard 1 Narrative 20 Sunday
Dropbox 3-Standard 2 Narrative 20

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 5 Wednesday/Friday
Discussion 6 5
Dropbox 4-Standard 3 Narrative 20 Sunday
Dropbox 5-Standard 4 Narrative 20

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 5 Wednesday/Friday
Discussion 8 5
Dropbox 6-Standard 5 Narrative 20 Sunday
Dropbox 7-Standard 6 Narrative 20

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 5 Wednesday/Friday
Discussion 10 5
Dropbox 8-Standard 7 Narrative 20 Sunday
Dropbox 9-Standard 8 Narrative 20

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 5 Wednesday/Friday
Discussion 12 5
Dropbox 10-Standard 9 Narrative 20 Sunday
Dropbox 11-Standard 10 Narrative 20

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 10 Wednesday/Friday
Dropbox 12-Presentation of Standards 50 Sunday
Dropbox 13-Practicum Hour Chart and Summaries for 150 Hours 150

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 14 5 Wednesday/Saturday
Dropbox 14-Portfolio Part 1 300 Saturday
Total Points: 800

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

You will have at least one discussion each week. The purpose of these discussions are to help you create, get feedback on, and finalize all guiding prompts around the standards and their artifacts for licensure examination. You are required to post an initial post and respond to at least one classmate for each discussion.

Initial posts are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on the Wednesday of each week, except in Week 1, when your initial post is due by 11:59 p.m. CT Thursday. Response posts are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on the Friday of each week, except in Week 1 and Week 8, which your response post is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday. You will not be allowed to respond to classmates until you have posted your own, initial post in the discussion.

Each discussion must have an initial post, even if it is only a draft. Additionally, response posts should provide concrete feedback on a classmate’s draft; simply responding “good job” or “I liked it” is not appropriate. Estimate one or two paragraphs for response posts.

Narratives

Personal Narrative

The Personal Narrative is a two page introduction to self, to your strengths, goals, and basic philosophy of leadership. Specific requirements of this assignment can be found in the Content Area of the course. The Personal Narrative is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Week 1. It is worth 25 points.

 

Standard Narratives

For each of the 10 PESL standards, you will write a two- to three-page narrative of the meaning of the five domains outlined in the Practicum Portfolio Handbook and related standards as they apply to school leadership. You will include two to three courses that support each domain and add an exhibit from each course that reflects your understanding. You will also identify two leaders/theorists within the Field of Educational Leadership whose work has informed this domain, standards, and the coursework that you have taken in your M. Ed. Program. All coursework must be represented in your practicum and in your domain narratives. Specific requirements of this assignment can be found in the Content Area of the course. The Standard Narratives are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Weeks 2-6. Each is worth 20 points.

 

Practicum Hour Chart and Summaries 150 Hours

The Practicum Hour Chart and Summaries for EDUC 608 catalogues 150 practicum hours with accompanying summaries and artifacts. The summaries require that you review the spectrum of your internship experiences and designate if they are entry level experiences or culminating. Many of the assignments EDUC 502, 581, 583, 546, and 569 can be considered practicum hours. We suggest that you review those courses.

Your Chart and Summaries must be double-spaced, in Times New Roman, 12pt font, and adhere to APA style. The Practicum Hour Chart and Summaries are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Week 7. This assignment is worth 150 points.

Presentation of Standards

This PowerPoint Presentation should include a Title Slide, an Introduction Slide, and 2-3 slides per Standard indicating the Standard, associated courses with exhibits that tie to the standards, and at least one theorist/leader in the field. You should also note practicum hours that relate to that standard. This presentation should be the final presentation, not a draft. For specific guidelines on the presentation, see the Practicum Portfolio Handbook, found in the Content Area of the course. The Presentation of Standards is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Week 7. This assignment is worth 50 points.

Portfolio Part 1

For this assignment, you will turn in the following pieces of the final portfolio as outlined in the Practicum Portfolio Handbook: Cover Sheet; Table of Contents; Part I-Personal Introduction; Part II-Explanation of Standards; Part III-Practicum Hour Chart; and Summaries for 150 Hours. Specific requirements for this assignment can be found in the Content Area of the course. The Presentation of Standards is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday of Week 8. This assignment is worth 300 points.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Required Resources
  • EDUC 608 and 611: Practicum Portfolio Handbook – Guidelines for Completion of the M.Ed. Portfolio: Includes practicum protocols, requirements, and evaluation criteria. The handbook also includes a portfolio template (found in Content Area)
  • MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE): MO Initial Administrator Certification (found in Content Area)
  • Strengthsfinder Website: viacharacter.org
  • Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (found in the Content Area)
Discussion 1

Please help us get to know you by introducing yourself; include your educational background, school setting, and any personal information that you would like to share. In addition, consider all that you have experienced in this program up until this point. What strategies will you use to be successful in completing the requirements for certification? What concerns you about this course? 

Your initial post is due on Thursday by 11:59 pm CT. You must respond to at least one other classmate by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday.

Discussion 2

The personal narrative is your introduction as an aspiring leader and an overview of your strengths, goals, and basic philosophy of leadership. As you write your narrative, focus on making it organized, clear, and easy to read. This narrative assignment is structured with both a discussion and a Dropbox assignment so you have the opportunity for feedback throughout the writing process. In addition to this discussion, consider getting feedback from your professional colleagues outside of the course. This discussion and the narrative you turn into the Dropbox may be a draft, but the version you submit as a part of your final portfolio should be professional, with no grammatical or structural errors. Your final draft should be approximately two pages long, double-spaced, and adhere to APA guidelines. Examples and guidance are provided in the Content area of the course.

Your initial post should be a draft of your personal narrative. The draft can range from a brief outline to a full essay. This discussion is a chance for you to write down your thoughts and it is also a chance for you to get feedback.

Your initial draft is due on Thursday by 11:59 pm CT and you should provide feedback to at least one other student and respond to comments on the feedback you received by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 1-Personal Narrative

The personal narrative is your introduction as an aspiring leader and an overview of your strengths, goals, and basic philosophy of leadership. As you write your narrative, focus on making it organized, clear, and easy to read.  The narrative you turn into the Dropbox may be a draft, but the version you submit as a part of your final portfolio should be professional, with no grammatical or structural errors. Your final draft should be approximately two pages long, double-spaced, and adhere to APA guidelines. Examples and guidance are provided in the Content area of the course. 

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Required Resources
  • EDUC 608 and 611: Practicum Portfolio Handbook – Guidelines for Completion of the M.Ed. Portfolio: Includes practicum protocols, requirements, and evaluation criteria. The handbook also includes a portfolio template (found in Content Area)
  • MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE): MO Initial Administrator Certification (found in Content Area)
  • Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (found in the Content Area)
Discussion 3

Standard 1. Mission, Vision and Core Values: Effective educational leaders develop, advocate and enact a shared mission, vision, and core values of high-quality education and academic success and well-being of each student.

Post a draft of your synthesis of Standard 1 as it relates to your course work, education theory, and your individual practicum experience. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received. 

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Discussion 4

Standard 2. Ethics and Professional Norms: Effective educational leaders act ethically and according to professional norms to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Post a draft of your synthesis of Standard 2 as it relates to your course work, education theory, and your individual practicum experience. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received. 

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 2-Standard 1 Narrative

Review the peer feedback for Standard 1 and revise your narrative, as necessary. Submit a two- to three-page, revised draft of your narrative and its application to mission, vision, and core values for instructor feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard and the appropriate applications as necessary. 

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 3-Standard 2 Narrative

Review the peer feedback for Standard 2 and revise your narrative, as necessary. Submit a two to three page revised draft of your narrative and its application to ethics and professional norms for my feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard and the appropriate applications as necessary.

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Required Resources
  • EDUC 608 and 611: Practicum Portfolio Handbook – Guidelines for Completion of the M.Ed. Portfolio: Includes practicum protocols, requirements, and evaluation criteria. The handbook also includes a portfolio template (found in Content Area)
  • MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE): MO Initial Administrator Certification (found in Content Area)
  • Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (found in the Content Area)
Discussion 5

Standard 3. Equity and Cultural Responsiveness: Effective educational leaders strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Post a draft of your synthesis of Standard 3 as it relates to your course work, education theory, and your individual practicum experience. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received. 

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Discussion 6

Standard 4. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Effective educational leaders develop and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Post a draft of your synthesis of Standard 4 as it relates to your course work, education theory, and your individual practicum experience. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received. 

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 4-Standard 3 Narrative

Review the peer feedback for Standard 3 and revise your narrative, as necessary. Submit a two to three page revised draft of your narrative and its application to equity and cultural responsiveness for my feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard and the appropriate applications as necessary. 

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 5-Standard 4 Narrative

Review the peer feedback for Standard 4 and revise your narrative, as necessary. Submit a two to three page revised draft of your narrative and its application to curriculum, instruction, and assessment for my feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard and the appropriate applications as necessary.

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.​

Required Resources
  • EDUC 608 and 611: Practicum Portfolio Handbook – Guidelines for Completion of the M.Ed. Portfolio: Includes practicum protocols, requirements, and evaluation criteria. The handbook also includes a portfolio template (found in Content Area)
  • MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE): MO Initial Administrator Certification (found in Content Area)
  • Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (found in the Content Area)
Discussion 7

Standard 5. Community of Care and Support for Students: Effective educational leaders cultivate an inclusive, caring, and supportive school community that promotes the academic success and well-being of each student.

Post a draft of your synthesis of Standard 5 as it relates to your course work, education theory, and your individual practicum experience. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received.

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Discussion 8

Standard 6. Professional Capacity of School Personnel: Effective educational leaders develop the professional capacity and practice of school personnel to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Post a draft of your synthesis of Standard 6 as it relates to your course work, education theory, and your individual practicum experience. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received. 

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 6-Standard 5 Narrative

Review the peer feedback for Standard 5 and revise your narrative, as necessary. Submit a two to three page revised draft of your narrative and its application community of care and support for students for my feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard and the appropriate applications as necessary. 

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 7-Standard 6 Narrative

Review the peer feedback for Standard 6 and revise your narrative, as necessary. Submit a two to three page revised draft of your narrative and its application to professional capacity of school personnel for my feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard and the appropriate applications as necessary. 

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Required Resources
  • EDUC 608 and 611: Practicum Portfolio Handbook – Guidelines for Completion of the M.Ed. Portfolio: Includes practicum protocols, requirements, and evaluation criteria. The handbook also includes a portfolio template (found in Content Area)
  • MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE): MO Initial Administrator Certification (found in Content Area)
  • Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (found in the Content Area)
Discussion 9

Standard 7. Professional Community for Teachers and Staff: Effective educational leaders foster a professional community of teachers and other professional staff to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Post a draft of your synthesis of Standard 7 as it relates to your course work, education theory, and your individual practicum experience. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received. 

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Discussion 10

Standard 8. Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community: Effective educational leaders engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Post a draft of your synthesis of Standard 8 as it relates to your course work, education theory, and your individual practicum experience. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received. 

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 8-Standard 7 Narrative

Review the peer feedback for Standard 7 and revise your narrative, as necessary. Submit a two to three page revised draft of your narrative and its application professional community for teachers and staff for my feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard and the appropriate applications as necessary. 

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 9-Standard 8 Narrative

Review the peer feedback for Standard 8 and revise your narrative, as necessary. Submit a two to three page revised draft of your narrative and its application to meaningful engagement of families and community for my feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard and the appropriate applications as necessary. 

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Required Resources
  • EDUC 608 and 611: Practicum Portfolio Handbook – Guidelines for Completion of the M.Ed. Portfolio: Includes practicum protocols, requirements, and evaluation criteria. The handbook also includes a portfolio template (found in Content Area)
  • MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE): MO Initial Administrator Certification (found in Content Area)
  • Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (found in the Content Area)
Discussion 11

Standard 9. Operations and Management: Effective educational leaders manage school operations and resources to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Post a draft of your synthesis of Standard 9 as it relates to your course work, education theory, and your individual practicum experience. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received. 

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Discussion 12

Standard 10. School Improvement: Effective educational leaders act as agents of continuous improvement to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Post a draft of your synthesis of Standard 10 as it relates to your course work, education theory, and your individual practicum experience. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received. 

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 10-Standard 9 Narrative

Review the peer feedback for Standard 9 and revise your narrative, as necessary. Submit a two to three page revised draft of your narrative and its application operations and management for my feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard and the appropriate applications as necessary.

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 11-Standard 10 Narrative

Review the peer feedback for Standard 10 and revise your narrative, as necessary. Submit a two to three page revised draft of your narrative and its application to school improvement for my feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard and the appropriate applications as necessary.

Upload your revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Required Resources
  • EDUC 608 and 611: Practicum Portfolio Handbook – Guidelines for Completion of the M.Ed. Portfolio: Includes practicum protocols, requirements, and evaluation criteria. The handbook also includes a portfolio template (found in Content Area)
  • MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE): MO Initial Administrator Certification (found in Content Area)
  • Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (found in the Content Area)
Discussion 13

Post a draft of your presentation materials (PowerPoint, Presi, etc.). You do not have to have a fully formed set of presentation slides at this stage; it can be an outline or a summary of each slide. You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments on the feedback you received. 

Your initial draft is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 12-Presentation of Standards

This PowerPoint Presentation should include a Title Slide, an Introduction Slide, and 2-3 slides per Standard indicating the Standard, associated courses with exhibits that tie to the standards, and at least one theorist/leader in the field. You should also note practicum hours that relate to that standard. This presentation should be the final presentation, not a draft. For specific guidelines on the presentation, see the Practicum Portfolio Handbook, found in the Content Area. 

Your final presentation document is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Week 7.

Dropbox 13-Practicum Hour Chart and Summaries for 150 Hours

The Practicum Hour Chart should tie each activity to the 10 standards. Then, you should summarize and reflect on each experience relating it to the standard to which it is most closely associated. For specific guidelines on the practicum hour chart, see the Practicum Portfolio Handbook, found in the Content Area. 

Your practicum hour chart and summaries are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Week 7.

Required Resources
  • EDUC 608 and 611: Practicum Portfolio Handbook – Guidelines for Completion of the M.Ed. Portfolio: Includes practicum protocols, requirements, and evaluation criteria. The handbook also includes a portfolio template (found in Content Area)
  • MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE): MO Initial Administrator Certification (found in Content Area)
  • Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (found in the Content Area)
Discussion 14

Reflect on the last seven weeks and your process of creating narratives for your final portfolio. What surprised you? What standard did you find most challenging, and how did you overcome that challenge? Are there tips you would pass onto future students taking this course? In addition, consider your next step, which will include EDUC 611. What challenges may arise, and how might you prepare now for those challenges? You must also provide feedback to at least one other classmate, as well as respond to comments that you received. 

Your initial post is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm CT. Your responses are due by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.

Dropbox 14-Portfolio Part 1

For this assignment, you will turn in the following pieces of the final portfolio as outlined in the Practicum Portfolio Handbook:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Table of Contents
  • Part I: Introduction
  • Part II: Explanation of Standards
  • Part III: Practicum Hour Chart and Summaries for 150 Hours

These pieces of the final portfolio should not be drafts. These pieces should be final documents formatted and edited appropriately. For specific guidelines on the final portfolio, see the Practicum Portfolio Handbook, found in the Content Area. 

Your final pieces should be submitted to the Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday of Week 8.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted. Dropbox assignments may be turned in late, with a 10% deduction per day, unless you have had prior approval from the instructor.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.