BCD400 - Integrative Seminar: Kindergarten to Grade 3 Placement

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Subject Title
Integrative Seminar: Kindergarten to Grade 3 Placement

Subject Description
This field placement seminar is designed to support students in integrating practical skills and knowledge into kindergarten and early elementary school settings. This course focuses on developing a solid foundation for professional practice that values the diversity of children, families, communities, and colleagues in school settings. The seminar is designed to allow students to discuss experiences from their field placement and reflect on these experiences with other students.

Credit Status
BCD400 is a required subject in the Honours Bachelor of Child Development degree.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate respect for children, families, communities, and colleagues as competent and capable in a school setting.
  2. Demonstrate professionalism in a school setting.
  3. Create a safe, enriching, and inclusive learning environment for children.
  4. Implement curricula designed to meet the interests, strengths, and needs of children in a school setting.
  5. Document reflections on one’s own teaching ability and children’s learning in a school environment.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline


  • Role of the educator
  • School Board policies and procedures
  • Ontario Elementary School Curriculum
  • Ontario Kindergarten Program
  • How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years
  • Professionalism and interpersonal skills
  • Building relationships of reciprocity and care
    • Interpersonal relationships
    • Family engagement
  • Self-regulation, problem solving, and prosocial behaviour
  • Effective communication
  • Integrating theory and practice
  • Inclusive and indigenous learning in school settings
  • Types of play, play environments and materials in school settings
  • Writing learning outcomes
  • Pedagogical documentation
  • Reflective practice

Mode of Instruction


  • Collaborative discussions
  • Interactive media-rich lectures
  • Small group activities
  • Wed-based interactions
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies

Prescribed Texts
Seneca College. (2017). BCD400: Field placement and seminar package.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Faculty Field Visit Evaluation                         SAT/UNSAT
Field Mentor’s Evaluation (mid/final)              SAT/UNSAT
Student Evaluation                                         SAT/UNSAT
1st Learning Opportunity and Professional Reflection                         30%
2nd Learning Opportunity and Pedagogical Documentation               40%
Reflective Practice Presentation                                                         30%

Approved by: Sandra Noble