Interdisciplinary Training for Early Intervention Professionals
The Interdisciplinary Training for Early Intervention Professionals Specialist Program (EISP) is a personnel preparation grant funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). 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 Practices, Evaluation and Assessment, and Intervention Strategies.
The students participating in the coursework attend monthly face-to-face community of practice held at the CT UCEDD 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. The current EISP class began in January 2019 and consist of 36 students.
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.
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).
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 email@example.com to inquire.
What are the course requirements?
There are three 3-credit graduate-level classes:
- Family-Centered Practice
- Assessment and Evaluation
- 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?
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 learning communities meetings will be held (in-person) throughout the state of Connecticut.
What is the cost of the program?
There is no fee. However, if you wish to receive graduate credits from UCONN Neag School of Education, there is a tuition cost.
Can this training be used 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.