Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 115: Cognitive 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*

*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 Test Weighting
I Understanding Students with Cognitive Impairments 001–002 13%
II Assessing Students with Cognitive Impairments and Developing Individualized Education Programs ( I E Pees ), Individualized Family Service Plans ( I F S Pees ), and Transition Plans 003–005 20%
III Promoting Development and Learning in Students with Cognitive Impairments 006–012 47%
IV Working in the Professional Environment 013–015 20%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table above.

Subarea I—Understanding Students with Cognitive Impairments

Objective 001—Understand human development and learning.

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Objective 002—Understand the types and characteristics of cognitive impairments.

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Subarea II—Assessing Students with Cognitive Impairments and Developing Individualized Education Programs ( I E Pees ), Individualized Family Service Plans ( I F S Pees ), and Transition Plans

Objective 003—Understand various assessment instruments and assessment practices for evaluating the strengths and needs of students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 004—Understand procedures for conducting assessments and for interpreting and communicating the results of assessments to address the individual strengths and needs of students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 005—Understand procedures for developing, implementing, and amending Individualized Education Programs ( I E Pees ), Individualized Family Service Plans ( I F S Pees ), and transition plans to meet the needs of students with cognitive impairments.

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Subarea III—Promoting Development and Learning in Students with Cognitive Impairments

Objective 006—Understand methods and practices for planning and managing the learning environment for students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 007—Understand principles and methods of individualizing instruction for students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 008—Understand strategies and practices for promoting the communication skills of students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 009—Understand effective instructional practices for teaching academic skills in core academic subjects.

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Objective 010—Understand methods for teaching and supporting social-emotional competence and interpersonal skills for students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 011—Understand methods for teaching and developing students' acquisition of daily living skills.

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Objective 012—Understand evidence- and research-based strategies for managing student behavior and developing and implementing effective behavioral interventions and supports for students with cognitive impairments.

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Subarea IV—Working in the Professional Environment

Objective 013—Understand strategies for communicating and collaborating with students with cognitive impairments and their families to promote desired learning outcomes.

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Objective 014—Understand how to collaborate and effectively establish partnerships with other school personnel and community organizations to facilitate learning opportunities for students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 015—Understand the professional, ethical, and legal roles and responsibilities involved in the education of students with cognitive impairments.

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