HDFS 430

Child Development Internship

Student Teaching in Early Childhood Development and Education

HDFS 430 provides an opportunity to participate in a research-based model early childhood program focused on student teaching, program development and evaluation, parent education, and administration.

Yeng Thao, ’15, was hired as a behavior technician for children with autism immediately after graduating. “I was hired on the spot after telling them about my experience with HDFS 430 and the OSU Child Development Center and how much it has impacted me,” Yeng says.

HDFS 430 meets daily (Monday-Friday) and consists of lecture, laboratory, conference, reflection, planning, and preparation for teaching.


Learning outcomes for this student teaching experience:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply principles of early childhood development by planning and implementing educational interventions that meet the needs of individuals and groups of preschool aged children.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching interactions and classroom management skills.
  • Reflect on teaching and make informed changes in curriculum and teaching strategies.
  • Appropriately interact with and support family engagement in the early learning setting.


Students taking this writing-intensive course (WIC) will be able to:

  • Develop and articulate content knowledge and critical thinking in the discipline through frequent practice of informal and formal writing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of audience expectations, genres, and conventions appropriate to communicating in the discipline.
  • Demonstrate the ability to compose a document of at least 2000 words through multiple aspects of writing, including brainstorming, drafting, using sources appropriately, and revising comprehensively after receiving feedback on a draft.


HDFS 430 focuses on applying principles of child developmental theory in the laboratory pre-kindergarten classroom. Students conduct observations, and draft and implement teaching strategies and interventions with children ages 3 to 5. Students create developmentally appropriate lesson plans. Students also engage with the families of young children by planning and implementing a variety of family and school events. This course uses writing intensive activities to support learning and to allow students to practice using various professional writing approaches in the teaching setting.


How to register for HDFS 430

Students must reserve a spot in this student teaching term 1-2 terms in advance.

This form will submit your info to Kathleen McDonnell, Director of the OSU Child Development Center.

HDFS 330 is a pre-req for HDFS 430.
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The off-campus site is located at Adams Elementary School, 1615 SW 35th St, Corvallis, a 10-minute drive from campus.
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