COURSE: 50-330 Assessment and Intervention for Classroom Teachers (3)
The history and issues of early childhood assessment are studied. Experiences in observation and recording of behavior of young children are applied. Candidates will critique screening approaches, assessment techniques and materials for use with atypical and typical young children from birth through third grade. The relationships between naturalistic and authentic assessment, first language development and curriculum and instruction in early childhood education will be emphasized. In this course, candidates address specific assessment techniques for use with all young children from birth through third grade, including young children with disabilities and English language learners. The course emphasizes the importance of home language, formal and informal assessment strategies, diagnosis and placement, curricula and instructional approaches and modifications appropriate for working with young children and their families. Candidates examine specific formal diagnostic instruments and interpret data from case studies, as well as explore considerations unique to the assessment of young children. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor