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The certificate in Early Intervention is primarily intended for professionals working in the field of family-centered supports and services (early intervention) who need more focused coursework related to infants and toddlers and young children with disabilities. For example, a licensed physical therapist providing services for a toddler with disabilities might want to pursue more focused coursework on this age group. The certificate does not lead to credentialing as an Early Intervention Specialist, but does address may of the competencies needed for this credential.
This certificate program has been developed in consultation with the NH Bureau of Developmental Services and Lakes Region Community Services. It is intended to address a professional development need int he state and the region.
The certificate program is 16 credits so that students will be eligible for federal financial aid. Up to two courses can be accepted for transfer credit in this certificate. The Early Intervention certificate is comprised of the following courses (click on link for course descriptions):
The program can be completed within three semesters, as follows:
ER 2300 Young Children’s Development and Learning
ERSE 3600 Infant and Toddler Care and Education
ERSE 2500 Supporting Young Children with Exceptional Learning Needs
ERSE 3100 Early Intervention
ERSE 3300 Assessment and Evaluation in Early Intervention
An application and a $25 application fee is required. A minimum of high school graduation or satisfactory completion of a high school equivalency certificate (GED) is required for admission.
Certificates of Completion are issued by the Division of Online and Continuing Studies. Transcripts with completion statements are issued by the Registrar’s Office.