Study Guide

Early Childhood Education
Test Design and Framework

The test design below describes general assessment information. The framework that follows is a detailed outline that explains the knowledge and skills that this test measures.

Test Design

Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time* 2 hours
Passing Score 220
*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Framework

 

graph of percentages of each content domain's weight toward overall test score detailed in table below

Content Domain Range of Competencies Approximate Percentage of Test Score
I. Child Development and Learning 0001–0003 21%
II. Language and Literacy Development 0004–0007 29%
III. Learning Across the Curriculum 0008–0012 36%
IV. Professional Relationships and Responsibilities 0013–0014 14%

Domain I–Child Development and Learning

Competency 0001–Understand early childhood development from birth through grade three and factors that influence young children's development and learning.

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Competency 0002–Understand the goals, benefits, types, and uses of assessment to support young children and families.

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Competency 0003–Understand how to create and manage positive learning environments for children from birth through grade three.

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Domain II–Language and Literacy Development

Competency 0004–Understand oral language development and how to promote listening and speaking skills in children from birth through grade three.

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Competency 0005–Understand the foundations of literacy development in children from birth through grade three.

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Competency 0006–Understand research-based reading instruction for children from birth through grade three.

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Competency 0007–Understand writing processes and strategies for developing children's writing competence.

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Domain III–Learning Across the Curriculum

Competency 0008–Understand music, drama, creative movement, dance, and visual arts and how to facilitate arts learning for children from birth through grade three.

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Competency 0009–Understand physical development, health, and safety and how to facilitate learning about health and safety and participation in physical activities for children from birth through grade three.

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Competency 0010–Understand mathematical concepts, processes, and skills and how to facilitate mathematical learning for children from birth through grade three.

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Competency 0011–Understand social studies concepts and skills and how to facilitate social studies learning for children from birth through grade three.

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Competency 0012–Understand science concepts and skills and how to facilitate science learning for children from birth through grade three.

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Domain IV–Professional Relationships and Responsibilities

Competency 0013–Understand strategies for building positive, collaborative relationships with children's families, other professionals, and community agencies and organizations.

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Competency 0014–Understand the roles and responsibilities of early childhood educators.

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