Assessment of Infants and Young Children with Special Needs

ECED 439 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • 3 Drop-box Assignments
  • 2 Quizzes
  • 3 Discussion Board Assignments


The course examines assessment for program planning purposes for infants and toddlers, and the role of Infant Development and Aboriginal Infant Development and Supported Child Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development consultants in the process.


This online course is intended to provide students with information related to assessment for program planning purposes within diverse settings. This is a required course for students enrolled in the Infant Development/Supported Child Care Diploma/Certificate Program. It is intended for ID and AID consultants who work with children aged 0-3 in home, childcare or preschool settings; and SCD and ASCD consultants who work with children in childcare and school settings. This course would also be appropriate for early childhood education/pre-school teachers, pediatric nurses and rehabilitative therapists with a special interest in young children. Prospective students are expected to have completed a minimum of two years of college and/or university courses.

Students in the IDSC Diploma/Certificate program must have completed EPSE 348 (Family-Centered Practice) and EPSE 406 (Typical and Atypical Development in Infants and Young Children) prior to enrolling in this course and have completed a survey or introductory course on infant and childcare development. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of typical and atypical development of infants and young children. It is strongly suggested that students who are not in the Infant Development/Supported Child Development Diploma/Certificate Program complete EPSE 406 or a similar course such as EPSE 317, EPSE 403 or ECED 438 before registering in this course.


By the end of this course, students will:

  • Understand and be able to utilize appropriate assessment procedures, practices, and tools with infants and young children;
  • Understand the role of ID and SCD consultants in the assessment process;
  • Have a thorough knowledge of basic terminology and tools relating to the assessment process and tools; and
  • Understand the critical role of the family in the assessment process.


1 Overview of assessment, including types, history and applicable laws
2 The role of infant development and supported child care consultants in the assessment process
3 Basic terminology, statistical processes, and tools associated with assessments
4 Collaborating with families in the assessment process
5 Knowing when to refer a child for screening or diagnostic assessments
6 Assessment of social, communication, and language skills
7 Assessment of cognitive, motor, and sensory skills
8 Identifying achievable goals and objectives for program planning
9 Interpreting assessment reports from other professionals


Call the UBC Bookstore to order:  604-822-2665, or toll-free in North America: 1 800-661-3889 or
Order online:

  • McLean, Mary, Wolery, Mark and Bailey, Donald B. Assessing Infants and Preschoolers with Special Needs Third Edition.   Pearson Education Canada Ltd., 2003. ISBN: 9780130986627
  • Meisels, Samuel J. and Atkins-Burnett, Sally. Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Education A Guide 5th Edition. National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2005. ISBN: 9781928896258


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


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Telephone: 604-822-2013, or toll-free in North America: 1-888-492-1122

Latest Revision on: March 22, 2017