DIS 201 Field Practicum I

Course Information
*Note:  DIS 201 can only be taken during Spring Quarter of each academic year

Application Process
Students that have successfully completed DIS 105, DIS 106 and DIS 108 (or are taking DIS 108 along with DIS 201) must apply one quarter in advance.  The application is available in the CFE Office, Room 9222.  The required documentation for DIS 201 includes the completed application, three letters of reference, updated medical statement, updated fingerprints, copy of college transcript, and copy of high school diploma.  Placement will not occur until all documentation is complete and they have registered for DIS 201.  It is the student’s responsibility to verify the status of all forms when they complete their DIS 201 application.  The student will not receive any more than one week notice of the placement in between quarters and will need to plan clock hours accordingly.

The student will be informed of their DIS 201 placement site before the beginning of the quarter in which DIS 201 is scheduled (every Spring quarter). They will not be placed until all documentation is received and they have registered for the course.  An orientation session is held during the first weekly seminar.  Students will be provided with an orientation packet for themselves and an information packet for their cooperating staff (CF) at the practicum site.

Field Practicum I Hours
All DIS 201 practicum students must complete 99 supervised clock hours at the practicum site.  Students should plan on scheduling regular hours for five days a week for the full quarter.  Students are advised to plan on extra hours in the event of illness or emergency.  All clock hours must be completed and documented in order to receive class credit.

Attendance Policies
DIS 201 practicum students are required to sign in and out each day on the time sheet provided to them.  DIS 201 students must schedule and make up any clock hours missed on their own time.  Each student is required to attend the weekly seminar on campus.  Absences from assigned practicum sites should be telephoned in to the cooperating staff, and the DIS 201 supervisor.  The DIS 201 practicum student is responsible for completing their time sheet, obtaining the cooperating staff’s signature for documentation of hours, and ensuring throughout the quarter that clock hours will meet the criteria.  Credit will not be given for DIS 201 if the student does not complete 99 clock hours.

A weekly seminar is scheduled for 1 hour and 40 minutes.  Attendance is required.  DIS 201 students are expected to complete and turn in all required written assignments at the weekly seminar.  Failure to regularly attend the DIS 201 seminar will result in failure to complete the course.

Practicum Sites
Sites are selected based on criteria established by the Child and Family Education Department.  DIS 201 students are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures of the program.  If a site determines that a practicum student has failed to comply with policies and procedures; is not displaying competent instructional behaviors; and/or is not conducting him/herself in a professional manner, the site has the right to dismiss the practicum student.

Professional Conduct
The DIS 201 student is expected to be punctual at the practicum site and regularly attend during the scheduled hours.  The practicum student is expected to notify the site, the cooperating staff, and the DIS 201 supervisor if absent.  The practicum student is expected to dress appropriately based on the dress code at the site.  Professional and ethical practices and conduct are expected at all times when interacting with staff, children and families.

Students are evaluated on skills developed in prerequisite course.  These are based on DIS Program Outcomes:
1. Practice ethical and professional standards of conduct
2. Utilize a variety of functional assessments, implements activites, and use a instructional materials and resources
3. Identify and utilize community resources
4. Maintain and monitor safe and healthy environments
5. Implement behavior management programs
6. Communicate, consult, and work effectively with families, colleagues, etc,

Students are also evaluated based on the quality of the written assignments and promptness in completion, the development of a portfolio and an individualized professional development plan, completion of midterm and final written evaluations by the cooperating staff, the practicum student and the faculty supervisor.  The quality of written assignments is important, but students cannot pass the course based only on these assignments.  However, a student can fail the course because of inferior or late assignments.  All assignments that were implemented within the practicum site must be pre-approved by the cooperating staff and documented in writing by the cooperating staff.

Assignments include but are not limited to the following:

Activity plans     Behavior plans
Letter of introduction    Site description
Philosophy     Critical Incidents
Adapted instructional materials  Job description
Professional development experience  Individual Professional Development Plan