ech548 | Graduate

Early Childhood Assessment Strategies

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This course provides exposure to a variety of assessment techniques in early childhood education, including children with special needs.  There is a focus on structured observations, use of behavioral rating scales, psycho-educational screening tests, and assessment of parent-child interactions.  Formal and informal parent contacts, interviewing techniques, the use of technology in the assessment process, and referrals to school and community resources are also explored.  Emphasis is placed on developmental and differentiated assessment strategies for children birth through age eight.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Early Childhood Assessment Partnerships

    • Analyze methods for positively communicating with families, community, and other professionals when reporting early childhood assessment results.
    • Identify the significance of creating early childhood assessment partnerships with families, community, and other professionals.

    Uses of Assessment in Early Childhood

    • Examine how to use assessment results to make developmentally effective modifications to the learning environment.
    • Analyze the use of assessment results to plan developmentally effective instructional strategies and activities.

    Role of Assessment in Early Childhood

    • Identify the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment in an early childhood setting.
    • Identify key terminology used in early childhood assessment.
    • Analyze how developmentally effective assessment positively influences early childhood development and learning.
    • Analyze the role of assessment in the early childhood classroom as it relates to designing and implementing effective programs and practices.
    • Identify key elements of assessment in an early childhood learning environment.

    Assessment Tools and Approaches in Early Childhood Education

    • Implement a range of assessment tools and approaches for gathering, documenting, interpreting, and analyzing assessment results in early childhood education.
    • Identify how to interpret observations and reflect on their significance in an early childhood setting.

    Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Assessment

    • Analyze how historical, social, and cultural aspects of assessment have had an impact on current issues and trends in early childhood assessment.
    • Identify the legal and ethical aspects of assessment in early childhood.

    Assessment Tools and Approaches in Early Childhood Education (continued)

    • Analyze the characteristicsof assessment tools and approaches that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically effective for the early childhood environment.
    • Examine the use of technology as an assessment tool in an early childhood setting.
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