HomeExemplary PracticesExemplary Field-Based Instructional PracticesSpring 2013Angelo State University
  • Applied Child Development Field Experience Program

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  • About Our Program

    In late winter of 2012 administrators in the Head Start/ Early Head Start (HS/EHS) program in San Angelo Independent School District (SAISD) invited early childhood faculty of Angelo State University (ASU) to collaborate in increasing the quality of their teachers and, for ASU, enhance candidates' involvement with young children and, in the case of Early Head Start, very young children.

    In the fall semester, 2012, all students from Applied Child Development (ECH 4350) began their field experience observations at one HSIEHS site in San Angelo, TX. While each collaboration partner had different motivations and goals for the innovation, the outcome is an exciting blend of new experiences for students, assistant teachers, teachers, parents, administrators, and university facility. Head Start administrators and faculty meet regularly to plan and evaluate.

  • Key Program Features

    Changing the field experience venue has put a spotlight on younger children in a structured, research-based setting. Reflecting on the curricular requirements of Head Start has created an emphasis for the candidates regarding the unique nature of early childhood, which is not consistently seen in kindergarten-third grade placements.

    Candidates in the EPP perform a total of 80 clock hours of field experience prior to their final two semesters (Block I-Practicum and Block II-Student Teaching). By shifting fifteen clock hours from kindergarten through third classrooms to a Head Start site, their experiential knowledge and skills with children, ranging from six weeks to five years of age is enhanced.



Field-Based Learning

Field-based learning opportunities allow teacher candidates to integrate academic and practitioner knowledge.  Field-based programs allow teacher candidates to:

  1. Apply theory to practice
  2. Reflect, analyze and improve
  3. Build experience in context

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Exemplary Defined

Exemplary field-based instructional practices are those that provide a wide range of opportunities for teacher candidates to work with students in schools.

Exemplary programs are those that focus especially-well on providing teacher candidates the opportunity and method to apply and refine their coursework learning.

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Key Program Elements

Exemplary field-based teacher education programs often share a core set of key components.  These key program components typically include:

  • Support and Monitoring
  • Hands-On Learning
  • Practice Improvement
  • Community Contextualization

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