PSYC 357

Observing and Assessing Young Children: Birth Through Age Five

3 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 2, 2018 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course is an introduction to formal and informal assessment strategies and their application to work with young children. The emphasis is on observing, recording and using authentic performance-based assessment, communicating assessment results to colleagues and parents, and applying assessment data to curriculum planning.

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze assessment and screening tools for cultural biases
  • Applies commercially available tools and assessment systems in diverse early childhood environments.
  • Describes techniques to improve the assessment of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Identifies the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of performing assessments and screenings.
  • Knows the principles and techniques of observation, assessment, and screening appropriate for a beginning teacher.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Observing and Assessing Young Children: Birth Through Age Five Bailey, Kim Y Books Course details