Practicum for Curriculum Development through Play (Birth – Age 4/Pre-K)


  2. A. Course Title: Practicum for Curriculum Development through Play (Birth – Age 4/Pre-K)
    B. Course Number: ED 112A - 30012
    C. Semester: Fall 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 2
    F. Instructor: Marquez, Dianne
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 107A
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2841
    J. Office Hours: By appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): Students must have completed or have concurrent enrollment in ED113B (I.) Curriculum Development and Implementation (Internet secttion only)
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This beginning practicum course is a corequisite with ED 113B Curriculum Development through Play (Birth-Age 4/Pre-K). The field based component of this course will provide experiences that address curriculum content that is relevant for children birth through age four in developmentally and culturally sensitive ways of integrating content into teaching and learning experiences. Information on adapting content areas to meet the needs of children with special needs and the development of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) is included. Curriculum development in all areas, including literacy, numeracy, the arts, health, science, social skills, and adaptive learning for children, birth through age four, is emphasized. This is a two credit hour course. Corequisite: ED 113B Curriculum Development through Play (Birth-Age 4/Pre-K)


    This course is part of New Mexico Junior College’s education requirements for a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or an Associate in Arts degree with emphasis in Early Childhood Education. This course is also a part of the articulated Universal Catalogue of Courses for Early Childhood Education in the State of New Mexico. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution.



    Same textbook as ED113B Curriculum Development and Implementation

    Early Education Curriculum: A Child's Connection to the World, 6th Edition
    Hilda Jackman
    Publisher: Cengage
    ISBN-13: 9781285443256
    (Text only--no online CourseMate access required)


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading Rubrics will be used and available for each assignment. Each Report is worth 100 points and each Discussion is worth 20 points.

    Reports (7) = 700 points
    Discussions (5) = 100 points
    Module Zero Assignments = 55 points
    Total points = 855 points

    855-770 = A
    769-684 = B
    683-599 = C
    598-513 = D
    512- 0 = F


    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days and 48 hours on weekends/holidays.
    Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Wednesday after assignment is due.

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    7. Read the text.
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    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The Early Childhood Education program at New Mexico Junior College supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning”. Our goal is to help students become successful teachers or professionals in fields related to working with young children (birth through 8-years-old). The following will be emphasized in this course and throughout the program:
    • Children’s developmental progress toward competence, interdependence, and socialization
    • The nature of the relationship of children and their teacher as an active learning community, connected to the larger community around them
    • The importance of relationships and communication as teachers collaborate with families and children toward academic success
    • Early childhood curriculum which focuses on children as engaged, excited, curious, and intensely involved in learning experiences that are meaningful to them
    • Early childhood environments grounded in reciprocal relationships with caring teachers who provide authentic learning experiences

    Departmental student learning outcomes for this course are:

    Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    This course is part of the articulated Universal Catalogue of Courses for Early Childhood Education in the State of New Mexico. The following objectives are taken from the New Mexico State Department of Education’s Common Core Competencies for early childhood professionals (see Common Core Content manual). Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following competencies at the established level of proficiency:
    • Provide a variety of activities that facilitate development of the whole child in the following areas: Physical/motor, social/emotional, language/cognitive and adaptive/living skills. (A.5)
    • Develop, implement, and evaluate an integrated curriculum that focuses on children’s development and interests, using their language, home experiences, and cultural values. (D.5)
    • Provides and uses anti-bias materials and literature, and experiences in all content areas of the curriculum. (D.7)
    • Create and manage inclusive learning environments that provide individual and cooperative opportunities for children to construct their own knowledge through various strategies that include decision-making, problem solving, and inquiry experiences. (E.4)
    • Demonstrate understanding that each child’s creative expression is unique and can be encouraged through diverse ways, including creative play. (E.5)
    • Plan blocks of uninterrupted time for children to persist at self-chosen activities, both indoors and outdoors. (E.6)
    • Demonstrate understanding of the influence of the physical setting, schedule, routines, and transitions on children and use these experiences to promote children’s development and learning. (E.7)
    • Use and explain the rationale for developmentally appropriate methods that include play, small group projects, open-ended questioning, group discussion, problem solving, cooperative learning and inquiry experiences to help young children develop intellectual curiosity, solve problems, and make decisions. (E.8)


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    Tutoring Assistance
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    Withdrawal Policy
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    Week 1: Course Information & Module Zero
    Week 2 & 3: Module 1
    Week 4 & 5: Module 2
    Week 6 & 7: Module 3
    Week 8 & 9: Module 4
    Week 10 & 11: Module 5
    Week 12 & 13: Module 6
    Week 14 & 15: Module 7