GACE Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education assessment, offered as part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, is divided into two tests.

The first test consists of 75 selected-response questions (80% of the test score) and 2 constructed-response assignments (20% of the test score) with a time limit of two hours. The content areas covered by the first test are reading, language arts, analysis, and social studies. Some of the topics covered by the reading and language arts subarea are: reading for literature and reading for information, the writing process and uses of tools and resource materials, and English-language grammar and vocabulary development. Some of the topics covered by the social studies subarea are: information processing, geography concepts and processes, government, civics, and economics. The topic covered by the analysis subarea is: how to incorporate appropriate teaching approaches into classroom instruction for social studies and English language arts.

The second test consists of 75 selected-response questions with a time limit of two hours. The content areas covered by the second test are mathematics, science, health, physical education, and the arts. Some of the topics covered by the mathematics subarea are: operations and algebraic thinking, counting and cardinality, numbers and operations in base 10, measurement concepts and data, and geometry. Some of the topics covered by the science subarea are: Earth science, physical science, and life science. Some of the topics covered by the health education, physical education, and the arts subarea are: concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention and ways to enhance health, motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of activities, strategies to promote critical analysis and understanding of the arts, and the role and function of the arts in
various cultures and throughout history.

Scores are based on the number of selected-response questions answered correctly and the scores assigned by judges to the constructed responses. Test-takers will also receive performance indices indicating their success in each subarea of the examination. Scores will be available approximately a month after the date of the examination; unofficial results are posted on the internet, and an official score report is mailed to the test-taker, the Professional Standards Commission, and the institution specified by the test-taker during registration.

GACE Early Childhood Education Practice Questions

1. Which theory of early childhood education asserts that education should only support the ongoing growth of the child, without actively directing this growth?

A: interventionist
B: behaviorist
C: maturationist
D: constructivist
2. Which of the following is NOT a long-term consequence of early childhood education?

A: better success rates among low-income students
B: higher IQ
C: increased high school graduation rates
D: decreased crime
3. Who funds the Head Start program?

A: Department of Health and Human Services
B: local governments
C: Department of Education
D: National Association for Education of Young People
4. Which of the following activities is appropriate for a preschool?

A: memorizing poems
B: writing essays
C: reading stories independently
D: learning letter shapes
5. Which child education theorist emphasized a child’s inherent tendency to learn?

A: Edward Thorndike
B: Jean Piaget
C: Maria Montessori
D: Lev Vygotsky

Answer Key

1. C. The maturationist theory assumes that genetics will spur development more than environmental factors.
2. B. Research suggests that gains in IQ during early childhood education are only temporary.
3. D. Head Start programs help low-income children prepare for formal schooling.
4. D. Preschoolers will not have the linguistic sophistication to accomplish the other tasks.
5. C. The Montessori method is still used in schools throughout the world.

GACE Early Childhood Education Exam Practice Questions