As part of their MSJC Certificate and Degree program, students enroll in Practicum (CDE 147 and 148). Practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom theory to real world practice in a high quality, model program.
Practicum classes require not only a weekly class meeting, but also a three or four hour weekly daytime lab commitment. Practicum students receive student teaching experience at the Child Development and Education Centers, San Jacinto and Menifee Valley Campuses, under the guidance and facilitation of a course instructor, master teachers and the centers' director. There are limited opportunities for students to be placed with mentor teachers, certified by the California Early Childhood Mentor Program, at off campus locations.
Students implement skills of observation, communication, positive guidance, and child-responsive curriculum planning. To prepare to enter or progress in the early childhood profession, students create a résumé portfolio and practice interview techniques.