EDSP6386 Learning Theory & Assessment

Course Description

This course will examine learning theory, learning styles, and assessment techniques. Students will administer and interpret the results of cognitive tests in basic skill areas.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Admission to the diagnostician certification or special education MA diagnostician track program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student will:
  • Apply knowledge of basic terminology and statistical concepts (e.g., standard error of measurement, mean, standard deviation) used in assessment and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of standards for test norming, reliability, and validity; procedures used in standardizing assessment instruments; and sources of measurement error.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to select and use assessment and evaluation materials based on technical quality and individual student needs (e.g., communication, physical, and other disabilities).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to select or modify assessment procedures to minimize bias in results.
  • Apply knowledge of the uses and limitations of various types of assessment instruments (e.g., norm-referenced, criterion-referenced) and observation techniques (e.g., anecdotal, frequency, temporal).
  • Apply skills for interpreting assessment and evaluation data and using data for instructional recommendations.
  • Recognize when a student needs further assessment and/or evaluation, including that conducted by other professionals, in specific area (e.g., language skills, physical skills, social/emotional behavior, assistive technology needs).
  • Use assessment and evaluation results to determine a student’s needs in various curricular areas and to make recommendations for intervention, instruction, and transition planning.