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Fall 2012

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EDF212 - Cooperative Education
Credits: 1

Catalog Description: Integrates key factors influencing learning in contemporary society with an individually assigned guided field observation within a classroom, resource room, technology room, or computer lab. Assisted by an advisor, students document workplace experiences and degree program goals and learning objectives in a professional portfolio. Prerequisite: Last semester of program and permission of instructor.

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Based upon construction of the portfolio, reflective journal, participation in weekly meetings, written paper, and mid-term and final evaluations from the supervising placement educator, students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

1. Construct a professional portfolio documenting attainment of knowledge and skills in at least seven of the knowledge/skill areas of SUNY General Education, core knowledge relevant to the functions of an educator, and concentrated knowledge and skills in a selected area or as a generalist in support of instruction. The portfolio will clearly link the identified student learning outcomes of 10 major courses and 2 required electives to the cooperative education experience.
2. Apply the knowledge and skills of a Teaching Assistant through the completion of a 50-80 hour cooperative education placement under the direct supervision of a certified teacher. (Students will complete a reflective journal of daily experiences and a log indicating dates and times of attendance.)
3. Compose and organize a minimum 4-5 page research paper that includes:
a. Locating a minimum of two current educational research articles using the Genesee Community College on-line databases
b. Reading, interpreting, and evaluating that research
c. An awareness that educational research has practical implications for effective classroom interaction
d. Writing a report in accordance with professional standards as determined by the instructor (APA/MLA)*
4. Assume the role of a paraprofessional within a classroom setting as documented by the advisor and supervising placement educator. (Students must also meet NCLB and New York State certification requirements.)

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
1. Preparing a Resume
2. Selecting a Cooperative Education Experience
3. Documenting Workplace Situations and Issues
4. Reflective Practice
5. Developing a Portfolio That Links Formal and Workplace Learning
6. Professional Discussions and Issues of Confidentiality
7. Research on Best Practices in Education
8. Obtaining References and Constructive Evaluations

Effective Term: Fall 2012