School of Education - George Mason University

The professional relationships cohorts build can result in a network, which extends beyond the classroom, and can significantly help students’ career development and professional advancement.

The Early Childhood Special Education Cohort program is designed for the working professional. With a cohort structure, the same group of students begins, proceeds through, and completes the program together. Cohorts are inherently designed to focus on the needs of the graduate student because the environment is a shared learning experience. In other words, each member of the cohort is seen as the teacher and learner, actively participates in discussions and learning activities, and is encouraged to support everyone’s contributions to the group.

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Fall 2018 Course Information

Course: ECED 511 Assessment of Diverse Young Learners
Instructor: Dr. Bweika Steen (
Day: Thursday
Time: 5:00 – 7:40 pm
Location: TBD
Dates: Sept 20 to Nov 15; F2F – 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8

Required Textbooks:

  • American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. ISBN: 9781433805615
  • Brantley, D. K. (2007). Instructional assessment of English language learners in the K-8 classroom. Boston, MA: Pearson. ISBN: 9780205455997
  • Mindes, G., & Jung, L. A. (2015). Assessing young children (5th ed.). Upper Saddle, NJ: Pearson. ISBN: 9780133519235

Tuition: payment will be due by midnight August 27, 2018

Proposed Course Sequence

Semester Courses Notes Credits
Spring 2 2017 ECED 505: Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education
Summer 2017 ECED 501: Developmental Pathways of Diverse Learners, Birth- Adolescence
Fall 2017 ECED 503: Inclusive Curriculum for Young Learners: Planning Instruction and Guidance
Spring 1 2018 ECED 504: Engaging Families of Diverse Young Learners Complete Testing: Praxis Core (or Alt) and VCLA
Spring 2 2018 ECED 502: Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Learners Complete Testing: Praxis Core (or Alt) and VCLA
Summer 2018 ECED 506: Medical and Developmental Aspects of Disabilities of Diverse Young Learners
Fall 2018 ECED 511: Assessment of Diverse Young Learners Add on CERG
Spring 1 2019 ECED 522: Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication of Diverse Infants and Toddlers Apply for Internship Submit Intent to Graduate
Spring 2 2019 ECED 523: Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Collaborative and Consultative Approaches Apply for Internship Submit Intent to Graduate
Summer 2019 ECED 691: Policy Perspectives in Early Childhood Education Complete MEd
Fall 2019 ECED 789: Internship in Early Childhood Special Education Birth – Five Apply for Licensure
Total Credits

Class Schedule

  • Thursday 

  • 5:00 – 7:40 pm 

  • F2F: Seven class meetings 

  • Online class once per week: 
Asynchronous course requirements to be completed between face-to-face meeting dates


Dr. Debbie Stone,