Service Learning Course Inventory

School of Consumer & Family Sciences

Department of Child Development and Family Studies

IELC Introductory Experiential Learning Component                                                         cr. 0

Course Director: Gail Melson

Prerequisite for: 5 hours of CDFS courses, including CDFS 210

Service is: Required

Next Time taught: Fall 2000                                                 Approximate # students: all CDFS majors

Course Description:

The Introductory Experiential Learning Component (IELC) for the Department of Child Development and Family Studies requires that students complete two 45-hour placements in two different community settings to explore their career interests. Although no credit or grade is given for the experiences, students complete at least 5 reflection papers and a summary reflection. Each site supervisor completes an evaluation of basic skills and the advisor discusses the experience, the papers and the evaluation with the student once the experience is complete. The IELC must be completed prior to enrollment in CDFS 406 – Curriculum in Early Childhood Education.

Organizations:

Varied (around the country and international)

 

CDFS 212 Child Development Practicum (Experiential)                                                 cr. 2

Course Coordinator: Karen Diamond

Corequisite: CDFS 210 or consent of instructor

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Fall 2002                                                                                 Approximate # students: 70

Course Description:

This is a supervised practicum in a setting with young children. This course focuses on the development of observation skills and the understanding of children’s behavior in group settings.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students spend three hours/week in an assigned preschool classroom and attend a weekly hour long seminar. They develop skills in observing and interacting with young children in early childhood settings. Students complete observation assignments and may receive extra credit for a notebook/journal of their observations.

Organizations:

Purdue Child Care Program

Purdue Child Development Laboratory Nursery School

 

CDFS 318 Developmental Assessment                                                                                     cr. 3

Course Instructor: Julie A. Frazier

Prerequisite: Junior Standing and CDFS major or instructor consent

Service is: Optional

Next taught in: Spring Semester, 2001

Approximate # students: 50-55                                        Number of students performing Service: 25-30

Course Description:

An introduction to the variety and characteristics of developmental assessments for children and adolescents. Emphasis on selection of, interpretation of, and decision making with developmental assessment instruments. Ethical and multicultural issues considered.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students volunteer to help with a free developmental screening sponsored by the Child Find Committee of First Steps/Step Ahead Council. They are trained to give a brief developmental assessment to children and/or parents. Students receive extra credit in the course for volunteering and must write a paper reflecting on their experience. Their experiences are also discussed in class.

Organizations:

Child Find Committee of the First Steps/Step Ahead Council of Tippecanoe County

 

CDFS 390E EPICS                                                                                                                cr. 3

Course Instructor:  To be announced

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Fall 2000                                                                         Approximate # of students: 7

Course Description:

Together the EPICS courses create a vertical project track under which students work in teams on long-term projects. Each team consists of a mix of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors and will have members from different disciplines. Projects are of at least one year duration. In general, students are expected to participate in a project team for at least two consecutive semesters. Projects are intended to solve real problems, and are defined in consultation with project partners from community agencies.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students work in teams with a community service agency partner to design and develop long-term projects that meet identified agency needs, both technical and evaluative. All students are to be equal members of EPICS teams and contribute leadership, technical knowledge, communication and team-building skills to this process. Each project team meets for a two-hour lab where faculty and TAs provide support and advice, but the team members define and distribute tasks and work with agency representatives to identify and solve problems.

Organizations involved with EPICS Projects using CDFS participants:

 

 

CDFS 405 Developmental Foundations of Early Childhood Education                 cr. 4

Course Instructor: Susan Kontos

Prerequisite: CDFS major, grade of C or better in CDFS 212 & CDFS 315

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Fall Semester, 2002                                                     Approximate # students: 25

Course Description:

Study of the developmental foundations of curriculum in inclusive early childhood education programs. Focuses on typical and atypical development of young children, and how understanding development influences objectives, activities, materials, and teaching strategies in an early childhood classroom. Includes a practicum experience with young children.

How Service is integrated into this course:

In the weekly, three hour practicum, students observe, record and assess children’s behavior in a classroom context, use observational skills to plan and evaluate learning activities for children with and without disabilities, and do a number of activity analysis activities. Most of the grade comes from these assignments.

Organizations:

Purdue Child Care Program

Purdue Child Development Laboratory Nursery School

 

CDFS 406 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education                                                            cr. 4

Course Instructor: Karen Diamond

Prerequisite: CDFS 405 with grade C or better, CDFS major & junior status; IELC

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Spring Semester, 2002                                                            Approximate # students: 30

Course Description:

This course covers the design and implementation of curriculum in inclusive early childhood programs, focusing on ways to plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities for children with and without disabilities. Understanding and practicing the teacher’s role in facilitating learning through play and coordinating, sequencing, and evaluating curricula are emphasized. Includes practicum experience with young children.

How Service is integrated into this course:

During the weekly, three hour practicum, students plan, implement, and evaluate activities in different curricula areas. They also complete a portion of an AEPS Evaluation for one or more students with special needs. The practicum accounts for half of the final grade; students are also evaluated by the Head Teacher.

Organizations:

Purdue Child Care Program

Purdue Child Development Laboratory School

 

 

CDFS 410 Guidance in Early Childhood                                                                                   cr. 2

Course Instructor: Julie A. Frazier

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, CDFS major or instructor consent

Service is: Optional

Next taught in: Fall Semester, 2000

Approximate # students: 60                                                   Number of students performing Service: 25

Course Description:

This course presents a developmental, child-centered approach to the guidance and discipline of young children, including children with disabilities. Influential theories, relevant research, and effective guidance methods for the early childhood teachers and other professionals working with young children and families, including families from different cultural and economic backgrounds, are discussed.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students volunteer to be family escorts and supervise play areas at developmental screenings. They can earn extra credit, but must write a paper reflecting on the experience, and must contribute to class discussion.

Organizations:

Child Find Committee of the First Steps/Step Ahead Council of Tippecanoe County

 

CDFS 420 Developmental Foundations of Infant & Toddler Curriculum                          cr. 3

Course Instructor: Jim Elicker

Prerequisite: CDFS major, CDFS 311 & grade C or better in CDFS 212 or instructor consent

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Fall Semester, 2000                                                                Approximate # students: 35

Course Description:

Study of typical and atypical development in infants and toddlers as well as the implications of development for practice. Focuses on designing and implementing learning activities in all developmental areas and enhancing parent/professional relationships in programs for infants and toddlers. Includes a practicum experience with infants and toddlers.

How Service is integrated into this course:

In addition to the lectures, students are aided in their learning process by an important component of the course, the infant lab practicum. Students learn to interact with and get to know infants and toddlers, observe their behavior and development, and implement curriculum in the infant-toddler room. Students prepare detailed observation assignments, Activity Preassessment and Lab Activity Plans which account for over 50% of the final grade.

Organizations:

Purdue Child Development Laboratory Nursery School, infant toddler classes

 

CDFS 450 Supervised Teaching in Inclusive Programs for Young Children        cr. 14

Course Coordinators: Linda S. Conner

Prerequisite: Senior, CDFS 405, 406, & 410 & teacher education admission 2 semesters prior

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Spring Semester, 2002                                                 Approximate # students: 10

Course Description/ How Service is integrated into this course:

Observation of and teaching in inclusive programs for young children, under the supervision of the Department of Child Development and Family Studies faculty, the classroom teacher, and the special education consultant. Weekly seminars focus on the refinement and integration of curricula for inclusive early childhood programs. Attention is also devoted to 1) working with parents and classroom staff/teachers in developing and implementing IFSP/IEPs; 2) integration of IFSP/IEPs goals and objectives with classroom curriculum; 3) the development of collaboration skills for working as a member of an interdisciplinary team; 4) the role of the early childhood special education consultant and 5) weekly reflections are required. Fourteen weeks of full time teaching or equivalent are required for 14 credits. 

Organizations:

Covenant Preschool Nimitz Drive Preschool
G.L.A.S.S. Preschool Classroom Noah’s Ark Preschool
Head Start, Lafayette Purdue Child Care Program
Jack & Jill Nursery School Purdue Child Development Laboratory

 

 

 

CDFS 455 Field Experience in Child Development & Family Studies            cr. 2-12

Course Coordinators: Linda S. Conner & Kim Nelson-Blackburn

Prerequisite: CDFS core, minimum 30 hours in selected emphasis area, 2.5 GPA, or instructor consent

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Spring Semester, 2002                                                   Approximate # students: 25

Course Description/ How Service is integrated into this course:

Supervised practicum in the child development and family studies option is provided so individual students can have active participation in a field placement in the chosen emphasis area, such as community, family, and child agencies; hospitals; and recreational settings. Weekly reflections are required.

Organizations:

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Wabash Valley, Inc. Hamilton County Courts Dept. of Probation Services
Camp Sunshine, Silver Springs, MD Head Start School, Lafayette, IN
Cass County Children’s Home, Logansport, IN Juvenile Alternatives Program, Lafayette, IN
Child Protective Services, Lafayette, IN Kathryn Weil Center for Women’s Life, Lafayette, IN
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Lafayette Adult Reading Academy
Child Welfare Department, Marion, IN Parents & Children Together (PACT), Detroit, MI
Cities in Schools, London, UK Prevail, Noblesville, IN
Counseling Center, Lafayette, IN Sunshine Mission, St. Louis, MO
Counseling Pathways, W. Lafayette, IN Tippecanoe County Extension Service
Domestic Violence Intervention/Prevention Program YWCA, Lafayette, IN
Families United, Attica, IN YWCA Self-Sufficiency Program
Family Partners, Lafayette, IN Villages of IN, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

 

 

CDFS 460 Practicum in Kindergarten Education                                                                 cr. 10

Course Coordinators: Linda S. Conner

Prerequisite: Senior, CDFS 405, 406, 407, 410 & admitted/teacher education 2 semesters prior

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Spring Semester, 2001                                                           Approximate # students: 10

Course Description:

Observation of, and teaching in, the kindergarten under supervision of the Department of Child Development and Family Studies faculty and the classroom teacher.

How Service is integrated into this course:

CDFS 460 is a professional development class. Each student has an on-site and a university supervisor. Weekly reflections are required.

Organizations:

Amelia Earhart Elementary School Klondike Elementary School

Clinton Prairie Elementary School Mayflower Mill Elementary School

Durgan Elementary School Miami Elementary School

Glen Acres Elementary School Murdock Elementary School

Hershey Elementary School Purdue Child Care Program

 

Department of Foods & Nutrition

F&N 426 Experience in Community Nutrition                                                                  cr. 3

Course Instructor: Carol J. Boushey

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Fall 2002                                                                         Approximate # students: 10

Course Description:

Application of instructional strategies and communication skills in nutrition to community settings, health facilities, and nutrition programs.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students provide nutrition education to various groups in the community.

Organizations:

Crawfordsville School Corporation Marion County Health Department
Dairy and Nutrition Council, Inc. Mid-Land Meals, Inc.
Galaez Food and Nutrition Noteworthy Creations, Inc.
Indiana Dairy and Nutrition Board Purdue Cooperative Extension
Indiana Pork Producers Association Purdue University Student Health Center
Johnson County Extension Services Texas Migrant Council
Lafayette School Corporation Food Service

                    

 

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