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ECD 135P - Practicum: Observation and Assessment

Credits: 3
2 Lecture Hours 45 Practicum Hours

Prerequisites: ECD 101  

This course examines effective methods for observing, assessing and documenting young children’s behavior for the purpose of planning developmentally appropriate curriculum, activities, environments and interactions. Students meet in a weekly seminar and obtain direct experience in observing and assessing children through a 45-hour supervised field experience in an early childhood setting, school, agency or therapeutic setting.

Students must have three current clearances: FBI Fingerprint Clearance, a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance and meet the local requirements of the field placement site, including the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Verification Clearance.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe methods of observation used in early childhood settings to assess children’s growth and development.
  2. Identify the value and uses of objective observational data.
  3. Analyze observational data of children’s behavior gathered using various methods.
  4. Apply appropriate theories of growth and development.
  5. Describe contemporary issues in assessment and guidelines for appropriate, authentic assessment of young children.
  6. Employ ethical and professional practice in written communications and interactions.
  7. Analyze assessment and observation data used in planning experiences and environments for children that reflect their interests, abilities and learning styles.
  8. Construct a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards-based educational portfolio with appropriate artifacts.
Listed Topics
  1. Definition of observation
  2. Purposes of observation: knowing and understanding children’s behavior and needs.
  3. Observational methods and techniques
  4. Documentation: collecting, recording
  5. Confidentiality, ethics and professionalism
  6. Definition of assessment
  7. Current trends in assessment
  8. Purpose of assessment
  9. Assessment tools, techniques and methods
  10. Interpreting observational and assessment information
  11. Using observation and assessment data for planning developmentally appropriate curriculum, environments, activities and adaptations in early childhood settings
  12. Communicating with families
  13. Working with other professionals
Reference Materials
Standard textbook and multimedia materials.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 03/20/2020
Last Reviewed: 9/23/2022

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