FTCE Preschool Education Exam (Birth – Age 4)

The FTCE Preschool Education (Birth – Age 4) subject examination consists of 120 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Question formats will include direct questions, sentence completion, command, data analysis, and scenario. Each question will contain four response options, which will be answered by bubbling in choice A, B, C, or D.

The test encompasses 9 core competencies, each with between 5 and 9 skill areas. Competencies are defined as areas of content knowledge, with skills being the behaviors that demonstrate those competencies. Each competency is also assigned a percentage representing the approximate proportion of test items in that content area on the test. Together, the competencies and skills are representative of knowledge that has been determined by content specialists to be important for beginning teachers.

FTCE Preschool Education Exam (Birth – Age 4) Practice Questions

1. Which is NOT considered a perinatal factor placing a child at risk for disability or delay?
A. maternal age
B. paternal age
C. birth order
D. low birth weight

2. Which is NOT considered a normal milestone for a child at the end of the first year?
A. sitting without support
B. looking for dropped toys or objects
C. distinguishing strangers from family
D. drawing a circle

3. Which child development theory emphasizes the active role that children play in their own development?
A. organismic
B. mechanistic
C. performationist
D. behavioralist

4. Which early childhood education curriculum model maximizes children’s direct and rich interactions with a wide variety of materials, ideas, and people in their environment and aims for actively involving children in acquiring competence through choice, active investigation, and learning through discovery?
A. Creative Curriculum
B. Developmental Interaction Approach (also called Bank Street)
C. High/Scope Curriculum
D. Montessori

5. ___________ is a process to identify a child’s unique strengths and needs and utilizes multiple sources of information on all key aspects of a child’s development.
A. Screening
B. Evaluation
C. Assessment
D. Intervention


Answer Key

1. C. The order of a child’s standing in a family has no basis as a factor during pregnancy or shortly after birth on a child’s development.
2. D. Drawing a circle is considered a normal milestone for a child by the end of three years of age. The other choices are considered normal milestones for the end of the first year.
3. A. Organismic theory emphasizes that children are active in their own development, whereas mechanistic theories view children as passive participants.
4.B. The Developmental Interaction Approach uses flexible curriculum within a planned framework encompassing developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills.
5. C. Ongoing assessments continue throughout a child’s enrollment in preschool and track development over time.