Interdisciplinary Training for Early Intervention Professionals

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Overview

The Interdisciplinary Training for Early Intervention Professionals is an on-line course on evidence based practices in early intervention. This interactive, competency-based program is organized into three courses:

  1. Family-Centered Practice
  2. Assessment and Evaluation
  3. Intervention Strategies

The syllabi, readings, and multimedia case studies represent current research literature. The courses rely on outside readings, discussions, and completion of performance-based competencies where concepts are interpreted and applied to early childhood intervention. Students also participate in monthly Community of Practice meetings which consist of interactive videos, activities and group discussion. The course is aimed at increasing the number and quality of early childhood interventionists serving infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Participants must be employed in the field of early intervention.

Training and Certification

The Interdisciplinary Training for Early Intervention Professionals program plans to increase the number of certified personnel across disciplines who currently provide services in Connecticut’s early intervention system. The program will award a preservice certificate in early childhood intervention to 20 students a year who will attend a year long course consisting of 45 online sessions across 3 sequential courses. They will also attend 12 monthly group seminars or learning communities and implement 19 practicum based competencies with other staff, families and infants and toddlers under the joint supervision of their program supervisor and one of two faculty/staff, both of whom have children with disabilities.

The training is based upon the Division of Early Childhood (DEC), Council of Exceptional Children knowledge and skills personnel standards. The students who complete the program will receive a University of Connecticut certificate in early intervention (awarded since 1987). They will also be eligible to receive State of Connecticut Early Intervention (Infant Toddler Family Specialist) credential.

Additionally, those completing the program, will be eligible for a State of CT Education teaching endorsement to add to an already existing special education teacher certification to teach infants, toddlers and preschoolers age 0-5 under a proposal awaiting legislative approval. This proposal was completed in collaboration with the State Early Intervention Program in order to meet their state goal of increasing the number of early intervention personnel who have a personnel credential in early intervention. Students will also be eligible to apply for 12 graduate credits from the Neag School of Education as the courses to be covered are offered through the Educational Psychology Program and Dr. Bruder is the course instructor.

Requirements to Participate in the Program:

Who is Eligible to Take this Training?

This program is for professionals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher, currently working in Early Intervention (Birth-to-Three) in Connecticut, providing services in high-need communities.

If you are an associates-level professional and are interested in other training opportunities, please email freyre@uchc.edu to enquire.

How long is the course?

The training is one year long. There are three 3-credit graduate level courses that run sequentially, one per semester (Spring, Summer, Fall).

What are the course requirements?

There are three 3-credit graduate-level classes:

  1. Family-Centered Practice
  2. Assessment and Evaluation
  3. Intervention Strategies

In each of these semester-long online courses, there will be required academic readings, writing assignments, tests, and twelve monthly group seminars (learning communities). Students will be required to implement and complete practicum based competencies with other staff, families, and infants and toddlers under the joint supervision of their program supervisor and UCONN faculty/staff.

What is the time commitment for me?

Over one year, each semester (spring, summer, fall) you will be enrolled in a 3-credit graduate-level class. As with any other graduate-level 3-credit class, it is important to plan ahead for the workload and hours required of the course. Typical of a 3-credit online class, you can plan to spend on average three hours a week on the course website (Blackboard) going through the module section for that week, taking quizzes and tests, viewing videos, and writing responses on a discussion board. Written assignments, practicum assignments, and academic readings will require an additional 6-9 hours of study time per week. Once a month for 12 months, you will be required to attend a Monthly Learning Community in-person which will be a three hour-long seminar.

Are these courses graduate-level?

Yes.

If I take this training, can I use it toward the Birth to Three Infant Toddler Family Specialist Credential?

Yes, if you successfully complete all course requirements including practicum and competencies. And in addition, you will get a certificate of completion from UCONN UCEDD in the Interdisciplinary Training for Early Intervention Professionals.

How much does it cost?

There is no fee. However, if you wish to receive graduate credits from UCONN Neag School of Education, there is a tuition cost.

What are the benefits to participating in this training?

If you choose to enroll and complete the program, you will receive training in the latest evidenced-based practices to use with the children and families you are serving. You will be eligible for the Birth to Three Infant Toddler Family Credential and in addition, you will receive a certificate of completion from the UCONN UCEDD in the Interdisciplinary Training for Early Intervention Professionals.

As this program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education to increase the quantity and quality of the early intervention workforce, you are eligible to receive a stipend of up to $6,000.00 to complete the program of study. Please be advised if you accept the stipend you will be required to complete a service obligation by working in the early intervention field for twice as long as the course of study (e.g. 2 years in the field for the 1 year in the program).

Where are the courses held?

All courses are fully online using a learning management system called Blackboard. Monthly learning communities meetings will be held (in-person) throughout the state of Connecticut.

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