The Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention prepares you to be an evidenced based service provider and professional leader advocating for infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities or delays to receive community based services and supports. Participants gain the knowledge and skill needed to deliver evidenced based early childhood intervention. Coursework is designed to promote comprehensive, evidence-based, family- centered, culturally and linguistically competent, interdisciplinary services and supports for vulnerable children and their families.
Scope of Training
The ten-month certificate program combines on-line and classroom based learning activities. The training prepares participants to:
- Assess and promote social, emotional, developmental, and behavioral health of infants, toddlers, and young children in partnership with families in the context of their communities
- Identify developmental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders early and intervene effectively using evidence-based knowledge and practices
- Develop and manage effective systems of supports and service
Participants learn how to provide evidence-based evaluation, assessment and intervention strategies as well as program plan and provide leadership promoting system based policy and practice.
To participate in this program, a participant must have:
- Completed a bachelors’ or masters’ degree in a related field of study such as psychology, sociology, human development, health care, etc.
- An entry level degree in an early childhood discipline such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, psychology, special education, social work, early childhood education, etc.
Who Should Apply?
- Professionals who provide early childhood intervention services including occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, teachers
- Policy makers, administrators and executives who create and implement early intervention/early childhood programs
- Advocates for families and young children
- Health care finance officials who collaborate with providers and program
- Apply here
Where Do I Get More Information?
Visit the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Center for Continuing and Professional Education website or contact Rachel Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Toby Long (email@example.com)
What Participants Say about the GUCEI?
Past participants have been practicing early intervention providers, new providers, administrators wanting to understand early childhood systems or people interested in becoming part of the early intervention program team in their area. They have found the program both challenging and rewarding.
- " I will recommend this program because it enhances service providers knowledge on the new trends and regulations in EI" - J.C., Speech and Language Therapist
- "I truly enjoyed this program and gained a lot of valuable insight that I'll be able to apply to my profession immediately!" - C.C., Occupational Therapist
- "I have conducted meetings differently, listening more to families and making sure the outcomes are functional and meaningful. I have gained knowledge about EI as a whole and not just in DC."" - M.D., Service Coordinator
GUCEI participants complete a capstone project that results in a professional poster presentation. A variety of projects are completed including family and professional resources, survey research, document reviews and more. Check out the projects here: