A capstone portfolio is required for Viterbo University’s early childhood education (ECE) program. The portfolio will need to be completed using the software program iWebfolio which is introduced in EDUC 526 Intro to ECE and will be revisited in EDUC 553. If you were waived from this course, you will still need to complete a portfolio. Directions for purchasing an iWebfolio account are provided to assist you. You will also need to pay a second reviewer's fee of $25. You can make payment by check payable to Viterbo University or pay by MasterCard or Visa. To pay via credit card you will need to provide your name on the card, card number, expiration date, billing address, and your phone number.
Overall, the ECE professional development portfolio will require you to select two artifacts that best exemplify your knowledge, skills, and dispositions in regard to each NAEYC initial licensure standard. An artifact may include such items as Viterbo University ECE course assignments, ECE unit/lesson plans, or personal reflections that directly relate to your ECE knowledge or skill. Your student teaching evaluation must be included in your portfolio. iWebfolio directions.
NAEYC Initial Licensure Standards
- Select two artifacts of your own work that best exemplify your knowledge or skill related to each of the NAEYC Initial Licensure Standards. Your student teaching evaluation must be included in the portfolio.
- The NAEYC Initial Licensure Standards to be covered are:
- Promoting child development and learning
- Building family and community relationships
- Observing, documenting and assessing to support young children and families
- Using developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
- Using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
- Becoming a professional
- At the top of each artifact you download into iWebfolio you will need to include a statement explaining why you selected the artifact and how it corresponds to the NAEYC Initial Licensure Standards. The reflection must include at least two full sentences and be attached to the artifact it describes.
- Portfolios may be submitted anytime after you complete your final course but must be submitted within six months of completion of student teaching. iWebfolio will list reviewers whom you will give access for grading, so please select Ruth Badciong and Ellen Detert.
- Each portfolio standard will be graded with a minimal (0 pt), basic (1 pt) , or proficient (2 pt) rating. You will earn 0-2 points per standard for a possible 12 points. You must earn at least one point per standard and a total of 9 points to pass the portfolio. Portfolios that do not meet these criteria must be revised and re-submitted.
If you have other questions, contact the program specialist Ruth Badciong at 608-796-3388 or firstname.lastname@example.org