Video Courses

Monitoring Children’s Progress in Language & Literacy in the Early Years

IACET Accredited
0.4 CEUs 3.5 Training Hours

This course is intended to build teachers’ skills in monitoring/assessing children’s developmental progress, with a focus on language and literacy development.

100% Free
Time to complete
3.5 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • B-5 teachers, leaders, and instructional coaches
By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Recognize that Progress Monitoring is an integral part of teaching and is a vital component of an early childhood program.
  • Be familiar with the cycle of assessment and be able to apply it to all areas of development in their classroom, particularly language and literacy.
  • Understand the range of development in language and literacy for Infants- PK children, understand how to monitor progress in these areas, and be familiar with tools available for this purpose on Cox Campus.
Why It Matters

Taking the time to intentionally observe and document children’s progress allows teachers to get to know children better, form relationships with them, and plan activities and instruction that most effectively support and advance their development.

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    PRO Lesson 1: Progress Monitoring at a Glance

     Duration 23  minutes
    In this introductory lesson, we look at what it means to monitor children’s progress in the early years, why we do it, and what you can expect from this course.
  2. Lesson 2

    PRO Lesson 2: The Cycle of Assessment – Phases 1 and 2

     Duration 28  minutes
    In this lesson, we present the first two phases of the cycle of assessment – setting goals and planning and implementing learning activities.
  3. Lesson 3

    PRO Lesson 3: The Cycle of Assessment – Phase 3 Observation

     Duration 29  minutes
    This lesson is all about observation, Phase 3 of the cycle of assessment. You will learn what it takes to become an expert developmental detective.
  4. Lesson 4

    PRO Lesson 4: The Cycle of Assessment – Phases 4 and 5

     Duration 22  minutes
    In this lesson we dive into the last two phases of the assessment cycle, reflecting on results and responding by planning or adjusting your teaching.
  5. Lesson 5

    PRO Lesson 5: Monitoring Language and Literacy Development of Infants and Toddlers

     Duration 21  minutes
    In this lesson, you learn all about monitoring infants and toddlers’ progress in language and literacy and the tools available to support your efforts.
  6. Lesson 6

    PRO Lesson 6: Monitoring Language Development in the PS/PK Years

     Duration 33  minutes
    In this lesson, we focus on language development for PS and PK children and what it means to monitor progress in this area. We introduce the many progress monitoring tools available on Cox Campus.
  7. Lesson 7

    PRO Lesson 7: Monitoring Emergent Literacy Development in the PS/PK Years

     Duration 33  minutes
    In this lesson, we focus on PS and PK emergent literacy development and how we monitor children’s progress in this area, sharing the tools we have developed for this purpose.
  8. Lesson 8

    Progress Monitoring End of Course Assessment

     Duration 21  minutes

Your Facilitator

Leathia Lipscomb, M.Ed.
Birth to Five Facilitator

Success Stories

  • "I get excited with teachers when we observe students using Tier 2 words spontaneously in their conversations."
    Pre-K Coach, Consultant, & Speech-Language Pathologist
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."
  • "I enjoy learning new ways to interact with children and to help them become the best they can be and be able to succeed in life to the fullest."


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.