Program Spotlight: Graduate Certificate in Early Intervention Studiesby UTEP Connect
Working with special-needs children requires a certain personality, as well as a specific skill set. Not only should these individuals be compassionate, patient and interested in advocacy, they must also have the education necessary to navigate the physical, mental and societal requirements of special-needs children and their families. A graduate certificate in early intervention studies helps students provide the best possible education to children with special needs from birth through age 8.
To meet admission requirements for the graduate certificate in early intervention studies, students should hold a bachelor’s degree and have preferably achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must submit a graduate admissions application, official transcripts, a statement of purpose, a resume and three letters of recommendation.
A graduate certificate in early intervention studies can be completed online in just 15 semester hours. Although the classwork is online, UTEP’s graduate certificate in early intervention studies requires students to reach out to special-needs children and families within their own communities through activities, service and education.
Education at UTEP
Once enrolled, students must complete five courses:
- Current Topics in Early Intervention for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young Children and Families
- Behavior Intervention for Young Children
- Early Intervention Strategies for Special Populations
- Atypical Childhood Development
- Research and Application for Early Intervention
UTEP Connect provides the flexibility to complete these classes at a pace that takes into account students' careers and personal lives. During their studies, students are supported by nationally recognized faculty who provide mentorship in teaching and research. Once equipped with a background in early intervention studies, students integrate that education and research into a scholarly product for the final class that addresses special needs in their community or at large.
With this certificate, educators and advocates alike can advance their careers. Graduates of the program may find themselves working directly with children and families or serving more of a liaison role within the educational system. For those who already work in special-needs departments, the additional education gained through the early intervention studies certificate can help them better address the cultural, political and emotional requirements of special-needs children in their classrooms.
An early intervention certification can expand your understanding of special needs as well as provide a breadth of knowledge necessary to improve the field. Whether you’re interested in beginning a career helping children with special needs or are ready to become a leader in the field, UTEP Connect provides a flexible, quality certificate program to meet your needs.