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Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children's Development

10 Clock Hours / 1.0 CEUs

Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children's Development

Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children's Development Course Description: 

This course applies to children of all ages. 

Learn why observation is the best way to assess children's development, different types of observation records, purposes for observations, what to look for when observing, how to plan observation events, and ways to use observation in your early childhood program. Note: This course includes observation assignments that must be completed to get credit for this course. Ideally, you should observe children in a child care or preschool setting. If this is not possible, you may observe ANY children - your own children, neighbors, relatives, etc., but you must do the observation assignments to get credit for this course. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.


Learning Outcomes: After completing Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children's Development you will be able to recognize why you should continually be aware of each child’s development; identify ways to gather information about what children know and can do; identify the basic rules of observation; name different types of observation records; and recognize how different observation assessments should be used. Read more.


Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursTraditional CEUsQuantityTuition 
ORA-13Q9 CourseBook English101.0 $48.00
ORA-23Q9 Online Course English101.0 $48.00

Please note: You need only ONE of the formats listed above. Choose either  CourseBook OR Online Course format.

Core of Knowledge/Core Competency/Training Category Info Pages: Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, MinnesotaMissouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New YorkOregon, Vermont, Washington State and Wisconsin

Attention Massachusetts Students: This course is a diverse learner course. For others, click here.

Attention New York Students: Check here for New York specific clock hours for this course.


Topics Covered in Observing, Recording and Assessing Children's Development:
  • Purpose, value and process of continual monitoring the effectiveness of the early childhood program
  • Why observation of children's everyday actions is the most reliable means of assessing children's learning and development
  • Basic rules for recording what you observe
  • Types of records that can be used to document children's development
  • Steps along young children's path of development
  • Behaviors characteristic of different temperament traits
  • Signs of different intelligences and learning modes
  • Parents' role in observations
  • How to plan a general observation schedule and specific observation events
  • How to prepare children for observation events
  • Ways to use observation records to facilitate children's learning and development and manage and improve early childhood programs
  • Benefits of becoming a skilled observer
Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read English.

Instructional methodology: 
Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Final Lesson Multiple Choice Quizzes and Short Essay Assignments.

 Comments on Observing, Recording and Assessing Children's Development: 

"I think the Care Courses are very well done.  I've taken college courses also in Early Childhood Education and find your courses more focused on the actual needs of a provider.  I am presently finishing the one on Observation and will begin the one on Autism [Children with Special Needs: Autism] afterwards.  Thank you for offering a quality educational product at an affordable price for those who wish to continue to be the best they can be at their profession."
 - Orrinton, Maine

"As always everything went well with my Care Courses [Joyful Life of Caregiving, Sun Safety, Observing, Recording and Assessing Children's Development, and Sanitation for Disease Prevention].  I will be renewing my CDA and Care Courses is helping me obtain the CEU's I need to complete this task. I will be ordering another Care Course soon."  - North Providence, Rhode Island

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Care Courses offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate of completion. The CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

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To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

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