AEPA Professional Knowledge – Early Childhood Exam

The Professional Knowledge – Early Childhood test measures pedagogical knowledge and skills. It was developed to assess the general competence of prospective educators. The test content is drawn from four subareas based on AEPA learning objectives: Foundations of Early Childhood Education (28% of the test); Promoting Child Development and Learning (36%); Child Guidance and Inclusive Learning Communities (18%); and Family and Community Relationships (18%). Test-takers should know general information about early childhood programs – for example, their effective administration and evaluation, how they relate to state and national standards, and related ethical and professional responsibilities.


The test also covers the creation and maintenance of effective, respectful learning environments, including the selection of learning goals, instructional methods, and assessment strategies. The Child Guidance and Inclusive Learning Communities section focuses on positive guidance and socialization strategies that support development, learning, and respect for diversity. Lastly, test-takers should know the relation between families (and communities) and early childhood education.

AEPA Professional Knowledge – Early Childhood Practice Questions

Professional Knowledge – Early Childhood
1. What is the name for the process of observing and recording the instances of a specific behavior during a defined interval?

A: shadow study
B: time sampling
C: event sampling
D: baseline measurement

2. John Locke asserted that children enter the world as a _____, ready to receive knowledge.

A: persona non grata
B: tabula rasa
C: vox populi
D: mens sana

3. Which theory of learning emphasizes active participation by students?

A: behaviorism
B: cognitive theory
C: Skinnerian theory
D: constructivism

4. What is the name for the ability to place a group of objects in order based on a particular property?

A: alphabetization
B: deconstruction
C: seriation
D: orchestration

5. The ability to differentiate among plants and animals is known as _____ intelligence.

A: naturalist
B: spatial
C: environmental
D: physical

Answer key

1. B. Educators use time sampling to determine the frequency of a specific behavior event.
2. B. The Latin phrase tabula rasa means “blank slate.”
3. D. Constructivist educators attempt to create learning environments that stimulate and inspire students.
4. C. Children typically learn seriation through trial and error.
5. A. Naturalist intelligence is one of the eight forms of intelligence outlined by Howard Gardner in his book Multiple Intelligences.