AEPA Professional Knowledge-Early Childhood Exam

The AEPA Professional Knowledge-Early Childhood Exam measures qualifications for teaching in Arizona public schools. Four areas will be tested. Foundations of Early Childhood Education, 28% of the score, will have questions on the organization and administration of early childhood programs, professional responsibilities, and expectations. Promoting Child Development and Learning, 36%, will show that the test taker understands building learning environments and using effective methods, learning processes, and assessments to enhance each child’s learning.

Part three, Child Guidance and Inclusive Learning Communities, 18%, has questions about a child’s social and emotional development, along with principles for working with children from diverse backgrounds and family situations. The final section, Family and Community Relationships, is worth 18%. Questions cover the roles of families and their relationships to the early childhood educational program. Also included are questions on developing effective communication with other professionals and community resources.

AEPA Professional Knowledge-Early Childhood Exam Study Questions

1. What is the major purpose of an IEP?

a. An IEP is a management plan for developing, implementing and assessing an education plan for a child in need of special services.
b. An IEP is a teacher developed curriculum for students who are not able to complete grade level material.
c. An IEP is formulated by a special needs child’s parents and physician to inform the school of the child’s disabilities.
d. An IEP is a graphic organizer teachers utilize to plan an integrated curriculum.

2. Which of the following is NOT an appropriate statement to be written when an educator is docummenting classroom interactions?

a. Joe dropped the box of crayons on the floor. They spilled and he began to cry.
b. Bailey precisely took each piece out of the peg puzzle and categorically laid them on the table according to color.
c. Anna played in the house center for the duration of free time with Dylan, her best friend.
d. Aidan scrunched his face in a scowl and yelled at Bree after she pushed him in line.

3. Weekly newsletters, bulleting boards and classroom websites are all effective formats for:

a. Communicating with parents
b. Displaying original student work
c. Updating classroom events
d. All the above

4. A fourth grade class is studying a thematic unit on animals. A quality thematic unit on animals should include:

I. A field trip to see animals being studied
II. An essay on an animal not being covered in the theme.
III. An animal that can be cared for in the classroom
IV. Memorization of animal’s family, genus, and classification

a. I and II
b. II and IV
c. I and III
d. III and IV

5. Which of the following is an appropriate instructional objective for a second grade geometry class?

a. The students will know the difference between a square and a rectangle
b. The students will play Shape Bingo
c. The students will identify lines as horizontal, vertical, perpendicular, or parallel.
d. All of the above.

6. When teaching colors to a preschool class, which of the following is an appropriate review of “red”?

a. Show a poster of red objectis and have students name them.
b. Ask a color riddle, such as “I am the color of cherries and fire engines. What am I?”
c. Have the students complete a worksheet which has them color only red objects.
d. Provide only red paint for the art easel.

7. When toddlers play side by side without interacting with each other, it is known as the stage of _____ play.

a. Parallel
b. Coordinated
c. Associative
d. Cooperative

8. Among the following, which is NOT an advantage for educators to team-evaluate each other’s classroom performance:

a. A teacher’s job performance can be evaluated from a variety of viewpoints.
b. Decision of job performance will be made through discussion and collaboration of the observers.
c. For an effective evaluation, more than one colleague should be asked to evaluate, which makes the process time consuming.
d. Voluminous information from a variety of perspective will be gathered on a teacher’s performance.

Examine the following schedule to answer Question 9:

9:00 – 9:30 Inside Free Activities
9:30 – 9:45 Group Circle Time
9:45 – 10:00 Structured Small Group Learning Centers
10:00 – 10:15 Snack
10:15 – 10:45 Outdoors Recess
10:45 – 11:15 Indoor Free Play / Learning Centers
11:15 – 11:30 Prepare for Dismissal
11:30 – Dismissal

9. Is this daily schedule appropriate for a half-day preschool?

a. No- The schedule does not mention academic activities, such as letter sounds or early math skills.
b. Yes – the short time frames and general content of the daily activities are reflective of a preschooler’s capabilities.
c. Yes – since preschoolers are not capable of cognitive academics, a schedule that omits it as an option is appropriate.
d. No – the time frames are too short for young children to play effectively.

10. Which would be the most appropriate science assessment question for a third grader?

a. When do bears hibernate?
b. Where do hurricanes form?
c. How does water boil?
d. None of the above

AEPA Professional Knowledge-Early Childhood Exam Answer Key