EDUC205 Fieldwork: Observation and Assessment in Education I [Special Education/Autism Emphasis]
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education
- I. Course Number and Title
- EDUC205 Fieldwork: Observation and Assessment in Education I [Special Education/Autism Emphasis]
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- EDUC160 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
This course includes 30 hours of field experience. Pennsylvania Department of Education clearances required.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- Participants engage in a hands-on experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder in a classroom setting. Students use applied behavior analysis, observation, and informal assessment techniques to increase skills and change behavior. Students complete thirty hours of field experience.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- describe the learning characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder with a focus on the development of speech and language;
- demonstrate the ability to use the principles of applied behavior analysis when working with children with special learning needs in cognitive, language, social, and motor skills;
- demonstrate consistency in applying teaching procedure while following a lesson plan and collaborating with the team;
- demonstrate knowledge and use of self-assessment; and
- identify the relevant professional codes and use them in their philosophy of education/mission statement.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- definition of autism spectrum disorder
- definition of professional behavior
- teaching techniques with an overview of applied behavior analysis
- consequences of behavior
- positive reinforcement
- negative reinforcement
- token reinforcement
- contingency contracts
- controlling antecedents/stimulus control
- graduated guidance
- task analysis
- collecting and analyzing data
- functional analysis of behavior
- skill generalization
- development of a philosophy of education/mission statement
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsThe assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, performance-based assessment of teaching techniques in the field, written exams, assignments, and papers.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date -4/99; Revised 7/2010; New Core 8/2015; Revised 6/2017