This course is designed to demonstrate to the student how to do authentic, alternative, classroom-based assessment on young children. It will further provide the student with the knowledge and skills to interpret and use the information gained to plan curriculum that is responsive to and supportive of children’s learning. Students will have the opportunity to engage in assessment processes through means of classroom observations, providing each student with a stronger understanding of child development skills. Students will take responsibility for using a variety of age, developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate formal and informal assessments to gather and share information on each child’s skills, abilities, interests and needs, birth through age 8. Students will also demonstrate understanding of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) by performing an evaluation in a preschool classroom setting.
TEXT: Assessing and Guiding Young Children’s Development and Learning. 6th Ed. McAfee and Leong. 2016.
Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-3. Thelma Harms, Richard M. Clifford, and Debby Cryer. 2014.
Three credit hour course.
FORMAT: Blended course that meets every other week for three hours during the evening, fall semester only.