Practicum Experience in Early Childhood Education

EDUC X 321.5

This is a 15-week, elective for Early Childhood Education teachers who need a supervised practicum experience credit to earn a CA Child Development Teacher permit. This course is meant as a culminating experience, after completion of the UCLA Extension ECE Associate Teacher Certificate. 


What you can learn.

  • Spend 15 weeks in an ECE classroom honing your teaching practice
  • Get individualized feedback on your teaching from a University instructor and a skilled classroom mentor
  • Learn to create lesson plans and assess your impact on young children's learning and growth
  • Learn about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how to apply it
  • Develop the practice of teaching with equity, diversity and inclusion

About this course:

ECE students may take this course as a stand-alone, with pre-requisite courses in 1) child development and 2) ECE curriculum. Students will find an early childhood care and education site prior to starting the course and commit to two 3-hour shifts per week in the classroom. The classroom mentor teacher must hold an ECE permit at the Associate Teacher level or above. Sites should demonstrate a commitment to developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate practice, as well as to collaborative relationships with families/guardians. UCLA Extension and the UCLA Early Care and Education Centers are launching a pilot program, supervised field experience. We have only 6 placements available for Summer 2023. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply here.  
Completion of EDUC X 21 Child Development course and EDUC X 24 Introduction to Curriculum and Learning Environments course (or of equivalent courses from other recognized institutions) is a prerequisite for enrolling into this course. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in your ECE courses is required. The mentor teacher has to have a Master Teacher Child Development permit. Please send your transcripts to to find out about the next steps to enroll and for help finding an ECE site.

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