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Professional Education of Students

Professional Education of Students

The OUCDC serves as a practicum site for students in The Patton College of Education as well as programs in other Colleges.  This varies each year, but has included:  Nutrition, Interior Architecture, Physical Therapy, Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, Psychology, Counseling, Speech Language Science, and Child and Family Studies.  The student involvement ranges from a one-time observation to on-going participation in the classroom environment. Most specifically, the Center serves as a site for the clinical model of education in the Patton College of Education for both Professional Interns and Teacher Candidates in Early Childhood.

Early Childhood Professional Interns

The Professional Internship is the pre-service teacher’s capstone experience at Ohio University.  In order to be eligible to be a Professional Intern, the candidate must have fulfilled the required course of study.  The Professional Interns work as part of a teaching team of fellow Interns and Master Teachers in the classroom for a whole semester, four and a half hours a day, five days a week.  According to ODJFS licensing, Professional Interns are permitted to supervise groups of children without a Master Teacher’s direct supervision.  Throughout the semester, they develop a deep understanding of the pedagogy and practice of early childhood education through observation, planning, implementation, reflection, and documentation. By the end of the semester, the Professional Interns will have a two week in-charge time, taking on the responsibility of running the classroom with Master Teacher guidance. The Professional Interns are evaluated by the Master Teachers and the Internship Supervisor throughout the semester.  There may be 1 – 4 Interns in a classroom each semester.

Throughout the semester, the Professional Intern is expected to complete the following objectives:

  • Build positive relationships and communicate effectively with children, families, and Master Teachers

  • Gain understanding of children and family characteristics, needs, and diversity as well as     developmental knowledge to create appropriate learning environments for young children

  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate approaches and content areas to build meaningful curriculum for children as individuals and a whole class

  • Organize and manage classroom activities, procedures and routines in an effective manner

  • Implement appropriate positive guidance and discipline principles and strategies

  • Refine observation, assessment, and documentation skills

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and use technology to support classroom instruction

  • Be professional and demonstrate skills and characteristics of an early childhood educator

  • Use  reflective thinking in all aspects of the Professional Intern experience

Teacher Candidates

The OUCDC also serves as a site in the clinical model for up to 70 Teacher Candidates each Fall and Spring Semester.  During their sophomore year of the Early Childhood Program between 8 and 10 Teacher Candidates (Lab Students) are placed in each classroom to observe, interact with children, and participate in routines and duties which furthers their knowledge and experience.  They participate in classroom experiences twice a week for two hours at a time, under the supervision of a Master Teacher or Professional Intern. They take coursework that aligns with their experiences at the Center and are evaluated throughout the semester by the Master Teachers.  

Throughout the semester, the Teacher Candidate is expected to complete the following objectives:

  • Build positive relationships and communicate effectively with children, families, and Master Teachers

  • Gain understanding of children’s characteristics, development, needs, and diversity

  • Gain knowledge of and begin to implement appropriate positive guidance and discipline principles and strategies with young children

  • Practice observation skills

  • Be professional and demonstrate skills and characteristics of an early childhood educator

  • Use reflective thinking

Site For Research

The OUCDC serves as a site for research by University faculty and students. Research is done through observation in the classroom, video observations, and interaction with children.

Formal Research

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) process is always implemented when formal research projects are conducted at the CDC.  Researchers comply with University guidelines through the IRB and written permission is obtained from parents prior to beginning research.

Informal Research

Master Teachers make ongoing contributions of knowledge to the field of Early Childhood Education through presentations at many different types of venues (Parent Advisory Board meetings, conferences, workshops, etc.)  to showcase their work with children.  These types of presentations are considered teacher-action research and focus on project work, emergent curriculum, Ohio Early Learning Standards, etc.

Licensing Requirements for Students placed at CDC

  • Background Check (use code 5104.013) and ODJFS Form 01175

  • Medical Statement (ODJFS Form) and TB Test

  • Copy of High  School Diploma or Transcript with date of Graduation

  • Online trainings 1) Child Abuse Recognition 2) Orientation

For further information or questions about placements for students, please contact the Center at 740-593-1819.

The Center also employs an AtCo Employee and students in the Work Study Program and PACE career exploration program.

Other Collaboration
We are always open to collaborative ideas. Please contact us if you have a proposal for a collaboration.

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For more information please contact:
The Ohio University Child Development Center
Horse Barn Lane
The Ridges, Building 27, Telp: 740-593-1819

 

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