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
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. describe the learning characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder;
    2. demonstrate the ability to use the principles of applied behavior analysis when working with children with autism spectrum disorder;
    3. describe the types and purposes of observation/data keeping procedures;
    4. demonstrate consistency in applying teaching procedures when working with the children;
    5. apply reinforcement effectively and consistently;
    6. follow a structured teaching program with supervision; and
    7. interact cooperatively with peers and staff.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. definition of autism spectrum disorder
    2. informal observation techniques
    3. teaching techniques with an overview of applied behavior analysis
    4. consequences of behavior
      1. positive reinforcement
      2. negative reinforcement
      3. punishment
      4. extinction
      5. token reinforcement
      6. contingency contracts
    5. controlling antecedents/stimulus control
      1. prompts
      2. shaping
      3. graduated guidance
    6. task analysis
    7. collecting and analyzing data
    8. functional analysis of behavior
    9. skill generalization
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The 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.
  4. 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