Screening, Observation, and Assessment of Early Learning

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for San Diego County Office of Education's TK Pathway for Credentialed Teachers Participants Only

Influenced by The California Early Childhood Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP), and in consideration of credentialed teachers working with children in Transitional Kindergarten (TK), this course introduces students to the developmentally appropriate use of screenings, assessment and observation tools. Students will also learn strategies to document young children’s development and learning. The use of findings to inform and plan learning environments and experiences to differentiate and meet the needs of each child will be emphasized. Multiple assessment tools will be discussed and students will also explore how screening tools are used in early childhood education to support the child, family, and teacher.

Course Details

Number of Units:  3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend:  This course provides continuing education for invited educators in San Diego County, that have a current California multiple subject teaching credential, and who are currently teaching or intend to teach Transitional Kindergarten. Those who are currently teaching or intend to teach Transitional Kindergarten, but do not have knowledge, experience, and/or enough coursework to meet the newly established requirements to teach Transitional Kindergarten, would benefit most from this course.  The ideal student for this course would have [1] knowledge of education and pedagogy, [2] experience in the K-12 sector, and [3] need additional coursework in child development and/or early childhood education.

Enrollment Requirement:  Be prepared to provide the 5-digit code sent with your SDCOE invitation during enrollment. If you feel that you are eligible for this program and did not receive the code, please contact the San Diego County Office of Education at [email protected] to proceed with your enrollment. Participants that are not eligible for enrollment, will be dropped from the course and refunded, less a $25 processing fee.

Third Party Payments:  USD will accept purchase orders or district credit card payments at the time of enrollment, please contact program coordinator at [email protected] to set up third party payment of an individual enrollment or group enrollments.


EDC-X724U Early Development, Principles, and Practices and EDC-X725U Early Learning Curriculum Foundations

Students enrolling in this course must have a bachelor's degree and California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

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What You Will Learn

  • Differentiate the characteristics, strengths, limitations, and applications of contemporary observation, assessment, and screening tools and demonstrate basic formative and summative assessment techniques
  • Apply knowledge of child development and other influencing factors to interpret screening results, observations, and assessments inclusive of logistical challenges, biases, and preconceptions about observing and assessing children
  • Demonstrate how screening, observation, and assessment data are used to plan for and adjust learning experiences according to children's individual needs


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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