S17 EDUC 58067 Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment 2

S17 EDUC 58067 Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment 2

Distance Education
3 Credits / Graded A-F
Self-paced, start anytime

This course is designed to help educators, para-professionals and child caregivers observe and assess various aspects of children’s development and programs.  Participants will learn the components necessary for strong observation skills, such as self-awareness, objectivity, confidentiality and ethical guidelines.

The course will then discuss various types of observation and recording tools, as well as the advantages and disadvantages associated with each.  Students will learn how to set goals, plan, and choose the best instrument for specific situations.  Included will be tools for assessing environments, developmental milestones and programming.  The why, when, where, what and how of conducting appropriate observations and authentic assessments will be covered.

Participants will gain techniques for organizing, analyzing and interpreting observation data.  This course will teach how to apply assessment information to improve program quality and to best meet the needs of individual children.

Students will discuss proper methods for displaying observations and sharing assessments.  Included will be portfolio development and other documentation methods that make children’s experiences visible.  The course will then show ways to communicate observation and assessment information to parents and other appropriate adults. Finally, students will apply course concepts by creating an observation and assessment plan for their own classroom environment.

VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.


Contact Information

  • Phone: 907-364-3809
    Email: asdn@alaskaacsa.org

Payment Instructions

  • Tuition: 

    $405 for Tier One Member Districts *

    $455 for Tier Two Member Districts

    *Click here to see if your district is a Tier One or Tier Two member.

    You may pay by
    • VISA
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    • American Express
    • Discover Card

    Course Completion Policy
    From the date of registration, registrants have a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year to complete the course.  Per Alaska Pacific University policy, grades will not be submitted before the 30 day minimum period.

    Cancellation Policy
    Any and all cancellations of ASDN Distance Education courses, within 30 days of registration, will result in a $90 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after 30 days.