50-530 Assessment and Intervention for Classroom Teachers

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 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. The course emphasizes formal and informal techniques and strategies needed for making data driven decisions regarding individual and group development, diagnosis and placement, learning, curricula, and instructional approaches and modifications appropriate for all 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.