T499 – Integrative Capstone Seminar
The Integrative Seminar is designed to demonstrate your knowledge, expertise and skills gained throughout the coursework in a single capstone project of your choice, subject to the instructor’s approval and under the additional guidance of outside mentors. The completed capstone project should bring together your role as a leader in the field of early childhood education, your advocacy for young children, your child development expertise, and your field-based experiences in early childhood settings. The capstone necessitates multiple drafts of your project that are subjected to heightened peer review and regular feedback from your course instructors, academic adviser and your mentors.
The seminar provides a process and structure for the faculty to be able to ensure that all graduates can demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and principles conveyed in the core curriculum of their degree and can apply that knowledge in early childhood work. The products of this seminar will be tangible evidence of a degree candidate’s qualifications and expertise.
The capstone project will enable students to demonstrate their 1) knowledge of theory, research, and practice in early childhood education 2) oral communication skills 3) written communication skills and 4) critical thinking skills. The capstone culminates with a demo day where students present their capstone projects to their peers, professors and mentors.