Preparing our future professionals: Interdisciplinary training to serve young children with Autism and high intensity needs

Master’s Degree Concentration

Have You Ever Thought About Getting Your Master's Degree In Early Childhood for Infants and Young Children with Autism?
If You Have, NOW is the Time!

PHD Program ImageAn exciting opportunity offered through the University of Connecticut to prepare students to enter professional practice in a variety of inclusive early childhood educational settings, children and family’s homes, and community settings, while collaborating with providers, families and administrators.

Students will be trained to provide early intervention and early childhood special education to infants and young children who have (ASD) and their families. Enrolled students will meet their own discipline requirements for the master’s degree, as well as participate in an interdisciplinary program of 12 credit hours of joint coursework, assignments and practicum.

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If you have any questions, please contact Jill Isenberg at or 860-679-1500.

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Application Masters Level Training Grant

  • Preparing our future professionals: Interdisciplinary training to serve young children with Autism and high intensity needs is funded through the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs to prepare practitioners in supporting infants and toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder with high intensity needs. As a scholar in the program, you will meet the masters requirements of your area of study and you will have additional experiences that enrich your masters program with the objective of preparing you as a professional in this area. These opportunities and responsibilities will include (not limited to):
    • 10 hour GA funded through UCHC, the 10 hours a week will be completed by doing scholarly activities (e.g., field and clinical experiences).

    • Complete 12 additional credit hours over the fall, spring and summer.

    • There is a 2 year post graduation service requirement that trainees will be required to work with infants, young children with disabilities, through OSEP upon completion of the program Serve Requirement Details HERE

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  • Please write a personal statement describing how your involvement in this program will help you achieve your professional goals using at least 3 of these concepts/ideas to focus your essay (250-500 words).
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Cultural competence
    • Evidence based practice
    • Birth to 3
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • High Needs
    • Poverty

  • Please provide two written professional/academic recommendation letters attesting to your work/academic/life experience. In the space provided below, list the name and phone number of those two individuals providing recommendations:
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      • When the application is complete click on the "SUBMIT" button to email the form and any attachments to the UCEDD Coordinator. Please contact The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at 860-679-1500 if you have any questions.
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