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Course SummaryEnhance your preparation for the PLACE Elementary Education assessment in Colorado by taking advantage of this quality study resource. This guide features engaging lessons, short self-assessment quizzes and practice exams focusing on concepts in literacy, science, math, health and other topics you can expect to encounter when you take this PLACE exam.
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About This Course
This video course was created to ensure you have the knowledge needed to confidently take the PLACE Elementary Education assessment. Serving as a study guide, this course can help you get reacquainted with elementary education concepts you will see on exam day. It can also increase your chances of earning a passing score and securing elementary education teaching licensure in Colorado. The chapters in this course consist of comprehensive lessons that refresh your knowledge of teaching strategies and elementary-level subjects. Take the time to explore the lessons to prepare for everything you need to know on the exam, including:
- Literacy development, reading strategies, spelling, verbs, literary genres, technology and other language arts and literacy topics
- Scientific investigation, life science, physical science and other science subjects
- Computation, patterns and functions, statistics, geometry, measurement and other math concepts
- Geography, U.S. and Colorado history, economics, government, global concerns and more
- Principles of music and visual and performing arts
- Personal health and safety, public health and physical fitness
About the Exam
The Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Elementary Education assessment is designed to ensure educators in the state have the knowledge and skills needed to teach students at the elementary level. PLACE tests typically consist of about 100 multiple-choice questions and last about four hours and 30 minutes. The test is offered on specific dates throughout the year and can be taken in morning or afternoon sessions.
Preparing & Registering for the PLACE Elementary Education Assessment
Use this study guide to gain all the insight you need to succeed on the PLACE Elementary Education assessment. You can explore the lessons in their video or transcript formats to brush up on your knowledge of the six subareas you will find on the test. Instructors boost your understanding of reading strategies, research skills, scientific investigation, life and physical science, and other language arts, literacy and science subjects. You will also be able to explore fractions, functions, geography, history and other math and social studies topics. The lessons cover humanities and wellness concepts, as well. After reviewing the lessons, test your knowledge of elementary education, and ensure you're prepared for exam day by taking self-assessment quizzes, chapter exams and a practice final exam.
You can register for the test online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during specific registration periods that occur a few weeks before the test dates. You must set up an account to register, which requires you to share your email address, social security number and credit card information. During this process, you can also choose the institution to which you would like to have your scores sent.
Scoring for the PLACE Elementary Education Assessment
To pass the PLACE Elementary Education assessment, you must earn a minimum score of 220. The scores are reported an average of 2-3 weeks following the test date. When released, scores will be sent to the test taker, the Colorado Department of Education and the institution chosen during registration. The 100 multiple-choice questions are divided among the following six subareas:
Language Arts and Literacy
Subarea topics covered: Development of literacy in children; strategies for reading for different purposes; constructing meaning from reading materials; writing and speaking strategies; processes used in writing; conventions of English grammar; mechanics to writing and speaking; applying critical thinking skills to writing, reading, speaking, listening and viewing; strategies for locating, selecting and using information from sources; characteristics of various types of literature; role of literature as a representation of human experience; applying knowledge of technology to support instruction and enhance meaning
What you'll study: The language arts and literacy chapters in this course explore literacy development, reading and communication strategies, conventions and spelling, grammar, research skills, literary genres and terms, technology basics and technology and society.
Subarea topics covered: Principles and processes of scientific investigation; basic principles and concepts of physical science, life science, and Earth and space science; relationships among science, technology and human activity; nature of scientific thought; connections among the scientific disciplines and between the sciences and other disciplines
What you'll study: Review the science chapters in this course to learn more about scientific investigation, physical science, life science and earth science.
Subarea topics covered: Development of number sense; use of number relationships; use of algebraic methods to explore, model and describe patterns and functions; principles and concepts of data collection and analysis, statistics and probability; geometric concepts, properties and relationships; measurement; computational techniques; linking various mathematical concepts in problem-solving situations; concepts and techniques of mathematical computation
What you'll study: The comprehensive chapters dedicated to mathematics explore computation, fractions, decimals, percents, patterns and functions, equalities and inequalities, statistics and probability, geometry and measurement and calculations.
Subarea topics covered: Basic principles and concepts of geography; significant events, concepts and themes in Colorado and U.S. history; basic principles and concepts of economics; structures and functions of government; principles and democratic foundations of national, state and local politics; common social studies themes; principles, tools and processes of inquiry in social studies
What you'll study: The lessons in this chapter explore social studies subject areas that include the foundations of geography, U.S. history (1400 to present), Colorado history, culture and society, economics, government, global concerns and social studies research.
Subarea topics covered: Basic principles and skills related to music; principles and skills related to creating, viewing and responding to works of visual art; basic forms and uses of creative drama and movement; arts in relation to history and culture; connections among the arts
What you'll study: The humanities chapters in this study guide help you better understand the principles of music, and visual and performing arts.
Wellness and Physical Education
Subarea topics covered: Principles and practices related to personal health and safety; principles and practices related to family, public and consumer health; principles, concepts and practices related to physical fitness; knowledge and behaviors necessary to participate in physical activities
What you'll study: Explore the lessons in this course to gain greater insight into personal health and safety, public health and physical fitness.
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