Practicum in Education and Training Course Outline

The lessons in this course may be used in any sequence. The suggested sequence order is as follows:

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  • Introductory Lesson: Practicum in Education and Training

I. Course Introduction/Exploring Teaching and Training

A. Course Introduction
B. Personal qualities needed
C. Philosophy

  • (1) The student explores the teaching and training profession.
    • (A) assess personal characteristics need to work in the teaching and training profession
    • (B) explore school based on qualities of effectiveness
    • (C) formulate a personal philosophy of education

II. Communication Skills

A. Types

  1. Verbal
  2. Non-verbal
  3. Written
  4. Electronic

B. Teacher communication
C. Promoting literacy
D. Conflict management and mediation

  • (3) The student communicates effectively.
    • (A) assess the effectiveness of personal verbal, non-verbal, written, and electronic communication skills
    • (D) integrate effective communication skills in teaching or training
    • (C) evaluate the role of classroom communications in promoting student literacy and learning
  • (5) The student creates and maintains an effective learning environment.
    • (D) demonstrate specific conflict management and mediation techniques supportive of an effective learning environment

III. Principles and Theories of Human Development

A. Related to teaching
B. Related to learning process
C. Related to effective instructional practices

  • (2) The student understands the learner and the learning process.
    • (A) apply principles and theories of human development appropriate to specific teaching or training situations
    • (B) apply principles and theories about the learning process to specific teaching or training situations
    • (C) analyze personal behaviors and skills that facilitate the learning process
    • (D) suggest effective instructional practices to accommodate learning differences, learner exceptionality, and special-needs conditions

IV. Effective Learning Environments

A. Safety issues
B. Teacher/trainer characteristics
C. Classroom management

  • (5) The student creates and maintains an effective learning envirionment.
    • (A) create and maintain safe and effective learning environments
    • (B) integrate teacher or trainer characteristics that promote an effective learning environment
    • (C) apply classroom-management techniques that promote an effective learning environment

V. Internship/Field-Based Experiences

A. Application of concepts
B. Experience assessments

  • (10) The student participates in field-based experiences in education or training.
    • (A) apply instructional strategies and concepts within a local educational or training facility
    • (B) document, assess, and reflect on instructional experiences

VI. Lesson Planning

A. Principles and theories that impact learning
B. Instruction that aligns to TEKS
C. Writing instructional goals
D. Planning process, lesson cycle, and instructional strategies
E. Communication, feedback, and assessment

  • (4) The student plans and uses effective instruction.
    • (A) apply principles and theories that impact instructional planning
    • (B) develop instructional materials that align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
    • (C) assess personal planning to meet instructional goals
    • (D) analyze concepts for developing effective instructional strategies
    • (E) analyze instructional strategies for effectiveness
    • (F) explain how learner feedback has been has been used to guide selection and adjustment of instructional strategies

VII. Technology in Teaching

A. Appropriate technology applications
B. Technology integration in practice

  • (8) The student develops technology skills.
    • (A) recommend technology applications appropriate for specific subject matter and student needs
    • (B) integrate the skillful use of technology as a tool for instruction evaluation, and management

VIII. Assessing the Learning Process

A. Learning assessments
B. Assessment strategy applications

  • (6) The student assesses instruction and learning.
    • (A) develop and apply assessments to foster student learning
    • (B) use assessment strategies to promote personal growth and teaching or training improvement

IX. Creating Positive Relationships Between School and Society

A. Learning in society
B. Learning activities
C. Effective communication

  • (7) The student understands the relationship between school and society.
    • (A) support learning through advocacy
    • (B) select school and community resources for professional growth
    • (C) design activities to build support of family members, community members, and business and industry to promote learning
  • (3) The student communicates effectively.
    • (B) communicate effectively in situations with educators and parents or guardians

X. Professional Development

A. Educator development strategies
B. Professional development characteristics
C. Teaching improvement
D. Professional growth plan

  • (9) The student continues development as a teaching or training professional.
    • (A) identify strategies and resources for the professional development of educators or trainers
    • (B) demonstrate teacher or trainer characteristics that promote ongoing professional development
    • (C) use research and assessment to improve teaching or training
    • (D) develop a professional growth plan

XI. Documenting Success

A. Evidence of professional skills
B. Career plan
C. Presentation of portfolio

  • (11) The student documents technical knowledge and skills.
    • (A) update a professional portfolio to include
      • (i) attainment of technical skill competencies
      • (ii) licensures or certifications
      • (iii) recognitions, awards, and scholarships
      • (iv) extended learning experiences such as community service and active participation in career and technical student organizations and professional organizations
      • (v) abstract of key points of the practicum
      • (vi) résumé
      • (vii) samples of work
      • (viii) evaluation from the practicum supervisor
    • (B) present the portfolio to all interested stakeholders such as in a slide or poster presention
  • (1) The student explores the teaching and training profession.
    • (D) create a personal career plan in preparation for a career in the field of education or training

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