Online Graduate Certificate in Early Intervention Studies
- Available in an easily accessible 100% online format to students who are considering careers that encompass professional early intervention services
- Offers students direct engagement with children who have disabilities and their families and/or collaboration with other counseling professionals
- May function as a stand-alone certificate for educators to supplement the existing master's degree in Special Education as well as lead to a new master’s degree in Early Intervention Studies
The online Graduate Certificate in Early Intervention Studies is aimed at students who have a purpose for and interest in early intervention. It is the first program of its kind in Texas and one of the few with emphasis on culturally responsive practices. It includes intensive student support and strong emphasis on student success.
WHY A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EARLY INTERVENTION STUDIES?
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of children enrolled in preschool and nursery programs in the United States leading to the development and improvement of educational programs both locally and nationally. The need for highly qualified early intervention educators and agency professionals is accompanied by impressive growth in employment opportunities within the field. Along with a wide variety of top-level administrative, counseling, and teaching positions available, there are numerous high-paying jobs in the areas of educational research and development within organizations, foundations, governmental agencies, colleges, and universities.
This program meets early intervention standards for Texas early intervention programs. Graduates of the program
- Gain awareness of the issues in the field of early intervention and early intervention (special) education and the impacts of those issues on students with diverse cultural backgrounds and their families.
- Understand the impact of cultural and linguistic diversity on children's lives and their learning.
- Develop critical thinking ability as they deconstruct and reconstruct the field of special education as a profession and a practice.
- Learn how to discuss and debate the different sides of issues facing learners with diverse needs through online discussions.
- Acquire background on current issues related to the field of early intervention and early intervention special education through research.
Students should note that the program is not intended to lead to professional licensure in their state.
Careers available to students after graduation fall into the following broad categories:
- Serving disabled children and their families directly (teachers, health care specialists, family therapists, extension agents)
- Organizing services for disabled children and their families (licensing specialists, college teachers)
- Providing information to professionals who work with disabled children and families (researchers, authors/editors)
- Providing goods and services affecting disabled children and their families to the general public (sales representatives, legislators, consumer advocates)
Faculty are nationally recognized and have expertise in early intervention policy, pedagogy, curriculum, special education, school, and parent and family engagement. Professors are available directly to students via phone or Blackboard collaboration and are quick to respond to student inquiries. Teaching techniques used include personalized instruction, small group activities, and a location for questions addressed regularly. Our faculty bring a culturally responsive global perspective into the classroom and have a wealth of experience in serving first generation college students.
The University of Texas at El Paso and its access and excellence mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online programs such as our early intervention studies graduate certificate help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities. Here’s what sets UTEP apart:
- UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.
- UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80% of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP also boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.
- With $90 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending. Funding is received from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies.
- UTEP is ranked as the best return on investment and one of the most affordable emerging research institutions in higher education in the country according to collegecost.ed.gov. Also, per collegescorecard.ed.gov, the average net piece per year at The University of Texas at El Paso was significantly lower than other universities across Texas.
- Affordableschools.net also ranks UTEP as a top most affordable Latinx/Hispanic-Serving Institutions with online bachelor’s degrees.
- UTEP awards $88 million in scholarships annually and $192 million in financial aid (over 88% of UTEP students receive financial aid).
- The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility.
- The Carnegie Corporation of New York also recently recognized the University for its institutional vision and commitment to quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in our community.
- UTEP is a part of the Military Times’ Best: Colleges 2018 rankings.
- Hispanic Business magazine consistently ranks graduate programs in both Business Administration and Engineering in the Top 10 in the nation.
- UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- The Graduate Certificate in Early Intervention Studies program will also continue to meet Texas Education Agency (TEA), NAEYC, and DEC and CEC guidelines.
EARLY INTERVENTION STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAM ONLINE CURRICULUM
The certificate consists of five courses based on Texas state standards as well as the nationally recognized early intervention principles out of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The following courses, along with a strong field-based component, are offered online.
Early Intervention Studies Courses
Current topics in Early Intervention (B-8) for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Young Children & Families
Conduct an in-depth exploration of current topics related to culturally and linguistically diverse young children birth through 8 who have or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Explore nationally recognized issues pertaining to leadership, teaming and collaboration, assessment, transition, culturally responsive practices, and instruction and how these issues are reflected in local settings that serve young children and their families.
Behavior Intervention for Young Children (B-8)
Study 1) nurturing relationships and responsive caregiving as the foundation for children’s development, 2) creating high quality environments as the context of the development of those relationships, 3) targeted strategies and supports for promoting social emotional development and growth, and 4) individualized interventions that provide treatment to young children B-8 with persistent behavioral challenges.
|Early Intervention Strategies for Special Populations: B-8||
Focus on intervention techniques and strategies for children from birth to eight years of age who have disabilities or who are at risk of having developmental delays. Study evidence-based strategies, ecological and family approaches, culturally and linguistically responsive practices. Address assessment and interventions developed to support the development and learning of young children B-8 in multiple settings.
Atypical Childhood Development (B-8)
Examine typical and atypical child development and information on specific developmental disabilities. Analyze specific developmental domains such as language, motor, social, concept development, and emergent literacy. Learn how to plan and develop individualized plans to best meet the needs of the child, family and caregivers.
Research and Application for Early Intervention: B-8 Capstone
Produce a scholarly product in the form of an Early Intervention Professional Digital Portfolio that reflects the integrations of your knowledge, skills, and experiences in the field. Throughout the course, communicate regularly with faculty to track progress and discuss the project. (This course serves as the culminating experience for students pursuing the Early Intervention Certificate.)