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 or
- V. Other Pertinent Information
A minimum of 40 hours of field experience is required.
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. Minimum 40 hours of field experience.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- describe the learning characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder;
- demonstrate the ability to use the principles of applied behavior analysis when working with children with autism spectrum disorder;
- describe the types and purposes of observation/data keeping procedures;
- demonstrate consistency in applying teaching procedures when working with the children;
- apply reinforcement effectively and consistently;
- follow a structured teaching program with supervision; and
- interact cooperatively with peers and staff.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- definition of autism spectrum disorder
- informal observation techniques
- 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
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsThe assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, performance-based assessment on 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