Maricopa Community Colleges  EED280   20036-20072 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 05/27/03
EED280 20036-20072 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Standards, Observation and Assessment in Early Education
Overview of Early Education standards, observation techniques and assessment methodologies. Also includes ethical responsibilities and the application of standards within varied educational settings.
Prerequisites: CFS/ECH176 or CFS205 or permission of instructor.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
EED280   20036-20072 Standards, Observation and Assessment in Early Education
1. Describe and examine historical foundations and contemporary issues related to standards in Early Education. (I)
2. Define and use relevant terminology. (I)
3. Explain how historical influences shape current practices. (I)
4. Examine the ethical and legal ramifications of standards, observation and assessment. (I)
5. Contrast Early Education standards within varied program types. (II)
6. Identify the purpose of observation in relation to specific job responsibilities. (III)
7. Demonstrate the ability to utilize formal instruments and informal methods of observation. (III)
8. Differentiate among assessment methodologies. (IV)
9. Select appropriate assessment methodologies. (IV)
10. Formulate a communication plan within the educational team. (IV)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
EED280   20036-20072 Standards, Observation and Assessment in Early Education
    I. Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues
        A. Terminology
        B. Historical influences on contemporary issues and practices
        C. Contemporary issues
          1. Federal, state, and local involvement and expectations of Early Education
          2. Involvement of the profession
          3. Standards movement and accountability
          4. Theoretical implications versus pragmatic issues
        D. Legal and ethical responsibilities and implications
          1. Confidentiality of information
          2. Appropriate use of information
      II. Standards in the Early Education Field
          A. Program types
          B. Standard types
            1. Best practice standards
            2. Program quality standards
            3. Professional performance standards
            4. Developmental milestones standards
            5. Environmental settings and application of standards
        III. Observation Skills and Techniques
            A. Role and responsibility of the observer
            B. Formal
              1. Standard-based instruments
              2. Criterion-referenced instruments
            C. Informal
              1. Needs based methods
              2. Program specific
          IV. Assessment
              A. Definition of terms and methodologies
              B. Analysis of current methodologies
              C. Consideration of Early Education programmatic needs
              D. Selection and application of methodologies
              E. Communication within an Early Educational team
                1. Parents
                2. Paraprofessionals
                3. Professionals
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