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Certificate in Early Intervention

Bay Path University's Certificate in Early Intervention is an interdisciplinary, pre-service training program, that was developed in response to state and national needs to prepare personnel to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities, or who are at risk for developmental delay, and their families. 

18 Credit Certificate - 6 core courses
• Classes start every february, june, and october
• COURSES ARE OFFERED AT OUR East Longmeadow, Massachusetts CAMPUS

The certificate is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  Graduates will acquire Early Intervention competencies, in the 9 areas specified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in its Early Intervention Operational Standards.  Graduates will be eligible to apply for the 'Provisional Certification with Advanced Standing,' which is required by the Department of Public Health to work full time in the field of Early Intervention.

Certification is required for all Early Intervention employees in Massachusetts who work 20 hours or more in any discipline or staffing role, including Mental Health Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Developmental Specialist (for non-masters or non-licensed staff), or Speech Language Pathologist.

Practicum sites are selected based on service delivery to infants and toddlers with disabilities, or at risk for developmental delay, and their families from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. 


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Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
CEI579 Orientation to Practice in Early Intervention 0

This course provides a detailed introduction to the Early Intervention Practicum experience. Students will engage with faculty and online course materials to learn about Department of Public Health requirements, Early Intervention agency sites, and the process for application for the practicum.

CEI580 Infant & Toddler Development 3

Major theories of development and their implications for intervention are discussed. Infant/toddler development, risk, and disability in the areas of cognition, communication, motor, social/emotional, and self-care areas are presented and variations in development as a result of multiple factors are discussed. Assessments in these areas are introduced, including an evaluation of development through children’s play activities. Development and risk are evaluated in relation to culturally diverse beliefs and practices. The course is interdisciplinary; students from diverse programs participate, and faculty from diverse backgrounds provides learning support.

CEI581 Family Systems 3

This course is designed to teach early intervention trainees the theories, principles and applications of family systems theories to family, team, and agency systems. Course format will include theory, case discussion, experiential activities, case studies and role play learning activities.

CEI582 Assessment & Intervention 3

Content includes assessment models and multi-domain tests used in early intervention, informal and formal instruments used in different areas including cognition, language and communication, perceptual/motor, personal/social, and self-care domains. Intervention models, methods and strategies to be implemented in natural environments will be presented.

CEI583 Planning/Evaluating Early Intervention Services 3

A systematic, family-centered, team approach to service delivery is emphasized. Cases are used as focal points for learning how to plan and evaluate individualized family services and group service plans. Teamwork and leadership in early intervention are covered with respect to service coordination. Practical approaches to assessing needs for group programs and evaluating the implementation and outcomes of programs are addressed, as are the impact of legal and financial
issues on service coordination and approaches to service delivery.

CEI584 Practicum I 3

Practicum provides students with supervised fieldwork experience in team-oriented interventions designed for infants/toddlers and their families from linguistic and cultural minority groups. Students will engage in 150 hours (300 hours total) of fieldwork training in a state approved Early Intervention Program where services are delivered. The practicum course is conceptualized as a training experience to connect and apply the theories addressed in the various EI didactic courses and the students' fieldwork. As a result of two semesters of practicum experience, students are expected to master early intervention and team participation core competencies to work effectively with families and infant/toddlers of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Students will master competencies related to working on teams and coordinating work with other professionals. Prerequisite: CEI 579

CEI585 Practicum II 3

Practicum provides students with supervised fieldwork experience in team-oriented interventions designed for infants/toddlers and their families from linguistic and cultural minority groups. Students will engage in 150 hours (300 hours total) of fieldwork training in a state approved Early Intervention Program where services are delivered. The practicum course is conceptualized as a training experience to connect and apply the theories addressed in the various EI didactic courses and the students' fieldwork. As a result of two semesters of practicum experience, students are expected to master early intervention and team participation core
competencies to work effectively with families and infant/toddlers of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Students will master competencies related to working on teams and coordinating work with other professionals. Prerequisite: CEI 584