Jul 09, 2020  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

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SPEC 320 Assessment methods: Summative, Formative, Diagnostic, and Benchmark

3 Credits

In this course, students learn about assessment and the identification of individuals with special needs, their present level of performance, instructional and assessment strategies, and timelines and types of assessment. Students also examine the complex practice of the assessment process and how that process is used in making educational decisions. Students are also introduced to curriculum-based assessment, norm-referenced tests, and performance-based assessments that are used to evaluate student learning and the effectiveness of teacher instruction.

NOTE: All students pursuing Early Elementary (PK–4) and Special Education (PK–8) Certification are required to successfully complete ECE 101, Teaching as a Profession: PK–4, before taking any other required course in the major. Students pursuing Secondary Teacher Certification in either Biology/General Science, English, or Social Studies are required to successfully complete EDU 101, Teaching as a Profession, before taking any other required course in the major. Proof of a current FBI Fingerprint Clearance, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Criminal Background Clearance is required and must be submitted to the Dean of Education and Human Service’s office in order to begin any ECE, EDU, or SPEC course. No student may begin these classes without all current clearances. EDU 230, Introduction to Exceptionalities, is a prerequisite to all Special Education {SPEC] courses.

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