Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 059: Emotional Impairment

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time 2 hours 30 minutes*
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subarea Range of Objectives Approximate Percentage of Questions on Test
I Understanding Students with Emotional Impairments 001–004 28%
II Assessing Students with Emotional Impairments and Developing Individualized Programs 005–010 27%
III Promoting Development and Learning in Students with Emotional Impairments 011–016 30%
IV Working in the Professional Environment 017–020 15%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—UNDERSTANDING STUDENTS WITH EMOTIONAL IMPAIRMENTS

Objective 001—Understand typical and atypical human growth and development.

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Objective 002—Understand major theories of educational psychology as they relate to emotional impairments.

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Objective 003—Understand factors that affect development and learning in students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 004—Understand the effects of emotional impairments on human development, learning, and transition to postsecondary/adult life roles.

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Subarea II—ASSESSING STUDENTS WITH EMOTIONAL IMPAIRMENTS AND DEVELOPING INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAMS

Objective 005—Understand types and characteristics of various assessment instruments and methods.

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Objective 006—Understand procedures for conducting assessments to address the individual strengths and needs of students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 007—Understand procedures for interpreting and communicating assessment results to all stakeholders.

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Objective 008—Understand procedures for developing, implementing, monitoring, and amending Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), and transition plans for students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 009—Understand procedures for developing, implementing, monitoring, and amending behavioral intervention plans for students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 010—Understand uses of ongoing assessment in the education of students with emotional impairments.

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Subarea III—PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING IN STUDENTS WITH EMOTIONAL IMPAIRMENTS

Objective 011—Understand strategies for planning and managing the learning environment for students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 012—Understand strategies for developing and implementing effective behavioral interventions for students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 013—Understand principles and methods of curriculum development and instructional planning for students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 014—Understand principles and methods of individualizing instruction for students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 015—Understand strategies for promoting the communication skills and social competence of students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 016—Understand strategies and procedures for supporting life transitions of students with emotional impairments.

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Subarea IV—WORKING IN THE PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT

Objective 017—Understand strategies for communicating and collaborating with students with emotional impairments and their parents/guardians to help students achieve desired learning outcomes.

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Objective 018—Understand strategies for establishing partnerships with other school personnel and community agencies to enhance learning opportunities for students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 019—Understand the historical, social, and legal foundations of education for students with emotional impairments.

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Objective 020—Understand the professional, ethical, and legal roles and responsibilities involved in the education of students with emotional impairments.

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