FWK643 - Field Work 643

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Subject Title
Field Work 643

Subject Description
For 90 hours throughout the semester, students take part in an inclusive early childhood field placement. They are expected to act as responsible members of the teaching team in this setting. Each student must demonstrate skills in: providing a safe and healthy environment for children, appropriate program planning, facilitation of learning, problem solving, positive behaviour guidance, and effective communication with children, teachers, parents and other adults. Students must use observation as a basis for curriculum planning. Students are required to complete all required documentation including a Seneca Medical Form and apply for a Police Check from their local police agency before they begin field placement. Please consult the field placement manual for forms.

Credit Status
One credit in the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program. To obtain credit in both FWK643 and ECD643 students must successfully pass both subjects. Passing only one of these subjects will result in a failing grade for both subjects.

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

1. Demonstrate and build on communication and guidance skills learned in previous and current subjects.

2. Relate positively to staff members, parents and children in order to function as a member of a team.

3. Provide for children's health and safety, by recognizing and acceptance of the range of developmental levels of children.

4. Guide all children's behaviour based on an understanding and acceptance of the range of developmental levels of children.

5. Utilize learned formal observations to develop relevant curriculum based on child development and children's demonstrated interests.

6. Plan, implement and evaluate a variety of inclusive learning experiences for individual and large groups of children, related to an overall curriculum plan, applying knowledge gained from the methods subjects throughout the previous three semesters.

7. Demonstrate the competencies required to take on the responsibilities of a staff member.

8. Engage in reflective practice:
a) Identify one's role as an Early Childhood Educator
b) Integrate learning from curriculum into professional practice applying the ECE standards of professional practice

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education diploma, students should have achieved the following generic outcomes and vocational skills.

Generic Skills Learning Outcomes
Early Childhood Education Programs

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of audiences.
2. reframe information, ideas, and concepts using the narrative, visual, numerical, and symbolic representations which demonstrate understanding.
3. apply a wide variety of mathematical techniques with the degree of accuracy required to solve problems and make decisions.
4. use a variety of computer hardware and software and other technological tools appropriate and necessary to the performance of tasks.
5. interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
6. evaluate her or his own thinking throughout the steps and processes used in problem solving and decision making.
7. collect, analyze, and organize relevant and necessary information from a variety of sources.
8. evaluate the validity of arguments based on qualitative and quantitative information in order to accept or challenge the findings of others.
9. create innovative strategies and/or products that meet identified needs.
10. manage the use of time and other resources to attain personal and/or project-related goals.
11. take responsibility for her or his own actions and decisions.
12. adapt to new situations and demands by applying and/or updating her or his knowledge and skills.
13. represent her or his skills, knowledge, and experience realistically for personal and employment purposes.

Vocational Learning Outcomes
Early Childhood Education Programs

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. plan curriculum* that is based on a thorough understanding of child development*.
2. plan and implement individual programs and curriculum* to meet the developmental needs of children*.
3. utilize a variety of observation techniques* to enhance work with children*, families*, and co-workers.
4. maintain responsive relationships* with individual children* and groups of children*.
5. establish and maintain safe and healthy environments* which best meet the requirements of current legislation*, regulatory bodies, and program policies.
6. develop and maintain effective written, oral, nonverbal, and electronic communications with children*, families*, co-workers, employers, and individuals/agencies.
7. apply relevant legislation*, policies, procedures, and regulations to early childhood education programs and settings in a changing social context.
8. apply a personal philosophy of early childhood education within the framework of ethical and professional standards*.
9. act in a manner consistent with principles of fairness, equity, and diversity* to support the development and learning of individual children*, within the context of his/her family*, culture*, and society.

(1) @2002, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

*see web site at: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/pepg/audiences/colleges/progstan/humserv/eerchedu.html#vocational1

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.

All subjects in Modules 1, 2 and 3.
All required documentation including a current (one year) Seneca Medical Certificate and Police Check from local police agency.  Please consult the Field Placement Manual for a list of forms required.
NOTE: While at field placement, all Seneca Students must wear Seneca ID and post a brief bio outlining experience and goals for families and staff to view.


Mandatory:  ECD643

Topic Outline

Mode of Instruction

Prescribed Texts
FCET ECE Field Placement Manual

ELECT -"Early Learning Learning for Every Child Today- A framework for Ontario early childhood settings" http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/documents/topics/earlychildhood/early_learning_for_every_child_today.pdf

How Does Learning Happen?  https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/HowLearningHappens.pdf

Occupational Standards- http://www.ccsc-cssge.ca/english/research/occupationalstandards_ece.cfm

Reference Material

Required Supplies

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
Student must pass both the class and field placement requirements of both co-requisite subjects. Failure to pass either the class or the field placement subject will result in a failing grade in the co-requisite subject as well.

Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.  All assignments are due in hard copy form at the beginning of class. Late assignments will be subject to the following penalties:
After the start of class to one week late: 10% of total assignment grade will be deducted.
Second week late: 20% of total assignment grade will be deducted . If the assignment is not submitted within the two weeks after the due date it will be assumed that the student chooses not to submit the assignment and a grade of 0 will be assigned. The final grade will be calculated by adding the grades for the assignments submitted.

Students must request an extension for assignments in writing before the assignment due date. Extensions will be granted on an individual basis and many require submission of documentation to verify lateness. The instructor will determine any grade penalty that may apply.
Assignments / Presentations are to be grammatically correct, and marks will be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in both written assignments and class discussions.

All assignments / presentations must be cited.  Students are referred to the recommended Text "A Writer's Resource or the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):  http://seneca.libguides.com/apa

Students must complete all required placement hours.  Hours missed due to illness, emergency or other factors must be made up. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices or online at:   http://www.senecacollege.ca/ce/info/academic-info/academic-policy.html


    Students are encouraged to limit the number of placements in a semester to no more than two (2).  These placements can only be done when the pre-requisite subjects are completed. Each placement will be required to be at a separate location, though consideration will be given in demonstrated situations to having them at the same location.  Students will need to come prepared to demonstrate that the placement allows them to meet the learning objectives listed in the outline.

    Students can do a maximum of 8 hours per week (one 8 hour day or 2- 4 hour half days.) for a minimum of 11 weeks until required hours are met.  Recorded hours after 8 per week are not counted as placement hours unless previously arranged with Seneca instructor or Coordinator. In FWK 202, students do a maximum of 4 hours for 11 weeks.

    All assignments must be signed by the Host Teacher and the original signed document submitted. It is a consideration of violation of Academic Honesty policy for students to use an assignment for more than one subject. Assignments are only accepted in the course for which they were intended.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

    15% - Reflective Journals 
    15% - Host Teacher Evaluation
    10% - Student Evaluation
    25% - Faculty Visit
    35% - Field placement assignments

Students who have not provided their field placement required documentation will received a grade of INC until the field placement documentation requirements have been met.


Approved by: Sandra Noble