Continuing Education

Interdisciplinary Training for Early Intervention Professionals

Early Intervention Professionals Specialist program students attending a class

The Interdisciplinary Training for Early Intervention Professionals Specialist Program (EISP) is a personnel preparation grant.  The focus of the program is aimed to increase the number of qualified personnel across disciplines who currently provide services in the Connecticut Birth to Three (IDEA Part C) system.

The program is designed as a year-long course consisting of 45 online sessions across three sequential graduate level courses: Family Centered Practice, Evaluation and Assessment, and Intervention Strategies.

The students participating in the coursework are required to attend monthly community of practice and are required to complete 19 practicum-based competencies.  The students who complete the program are eligible to receive the Connecticut Infant, Toddler, Family Specialist Credential.

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Program FAQ

What are the benefits to participating in the program?

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.


Who is eligible to take the program?

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 Jill Isenberg  to inquire.

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 (community of practice). 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?

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

Where are the courses held?

All courses are fully online using a learning management system called Blackboard. Monthly community of practice may be held virtually through Zoom and/or in person at the UConn UCEDD in Farmington, CT.

Can this training be used toward the Birth to Three Infant Toddler Family Specialist Credential?

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