ech547 | 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 also are explored.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

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

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    Uses of Assessment

    • Analyze the use of assessment results to plan instructional strategies and activities.
    • Examine how to use assessment results to make curricular modifications.

    Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Assessment

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

    Role of Assessment

    • Identify the key elements of assessment in an early childhood classroom.
    • Identify the key terminology used in early childhood assessment.
    • Analyze the role of assessment in the early childhood classroom as it relates to designing and implementing effective programs and practices.

    Assessment Tools and Approaches

    • Conduct observations of children in classrooms, homes, and communities where there is access to play and formal learning experiences.
    • Examine a range of assessment tools and approaches for gathering, documenting, interpreting, and analyzing assessment results.
    • Identify how to interpret observations and reflect on their significance.

    Assessment Tools and Approaches (cont.)

    • Analyze the characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses of assessment tools and approaches.
    • Identify valid assessment tools and approaches that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate.
    • Examine the use of assistive technology as an assessment tool.

    Assessment Partnerships

    • Identify the significance of creating assessment partnerships with families and colleagues.
    • Analyze methods for positively communicating with families and colleagues when reporting assessment results.
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