Assessment, Evaluation and Programming System for Infants & Children (AEPS): Advanced

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Fees (Please note that the fees listed are for your reference only. The final course fee may vary.)
Name Fee (Excludes GST) Fee (Includes GST)
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 1180.00 $ 1262.60
Course fee (Local – After VCF subsidy capped at $240 per day) $ 507.10 $ 542.60


1) Review of the components of a curriculum framework;
– AEPS as part of a formative assessment process
– AEPS as a guide for scope and sequence
– AEPS and progress monitoring
– AEPS in activities and instruction
2) Write IEP goals and objectives using ABC formula and rate against the four quality indicators
3) Create embedded learning opportunities related to prioritised IEP goals and objectives
4) Link between assessment, goal development and the activity-based approach to intervention.
5) Create embedded learning opportunity - focus on matches
6) Effective monitoring of children’s progress toward IEP goals and objectives embedded throughout daily activities

Target Participants:

Principals, teachers, therapists, psychologists, social workers and other professionals working in the early intervention programme for infants and children. Participants have to attend AEPS Introduction and Intermediate prior to attending the advanced training.

To apply for AEPS Introduction, please click here.
To apply for AEPS Intermediate, please click here.

Learning Outcome:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
1) Relate AEPS to a comprehensive curriculum framework
2) Interpret the AEPS and use this information to prioritise goals and guide instructional and intervention development
3) Administer the AEPS formative and summative assessment
4) Develop high quality transdisciplinary IEP goals and objectives that follow an ABC formula
5) Demonstrate how to move from AEPS Test information to prioritising IEP goals and objectives
6) Develop skills for creating embedded learning opportunities related to prioritised IEP goals and objectives
7) Explain the AEPS assessment and its links to quality IEP development and the activity-based approach to intervention
8) Monitor effectively the children’s progress toward IEP goals and objectives embedded throughout daily activities


Learners who meet the attendance criteria will be awarded with an electronic Certificate of Attendance from SSI. You will receive an email notification when your e-Cert is ready for download in your NCSS e-Services account.

Fee Remarks:

VWO Capability Fund (VCF) applicable to eligible NCSS member/MSF Funded VWO participants.

Trainer Profile:

Dr JoAnn (JJ) Johnson, Ph.D, is an associate professor in the Child and Family Studies Department at St. Cloud State University, teaching courses in early childhood education and early childhood special education. Her courses are focused on infants, toddlers and young children development, authentic assessment early intervention methods and working with families. She is a co-author of the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System (AEPS) and has worked in all aspects of the programmatic assessment and curriculum tool since the 1980s. Since 1988 Dr Johnson has provided workshops, training, consultation and technical assistance to programs and professionals in applied and inclusive settings associated with services and supports to young children at risk and with disabilities and their families in the US and internationally. Most of her work in these areas has focused on the use of AEPS. Dr. Johnson is also a board member of the Early Intervention Management and Research Group (EMRG), a non-profit corporation associated with linked measurement and curriculum systems to young children and their families and managing and improving the AEPS.

Dr Kristine Laurel Slentz, Ph.D, is professor emeritus of early childhood special education at Western Washington University, with emphasis areas in assessment and early intervention. She is a co-author on the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System (AEPS) a curriculum-based assessment system for infants and young children and has been a contributor to the development, training, and research on AEPS for over 25 years. Dr Slentz currently provides implementation training and consultation on the AEPS for professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, school districts, and provides state-wide training and technical assistance for Washington State's early intervention programs. She writes and provides AEPS training in Washington State and nationally, and in recent years she has combined a love for international travel with professional work in early childhood programs in Kenya, Dubai, and Singapore.

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