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Foundational Pillars of Early Intervention


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Full course description


This online course will review 5 major themes in the provision of Part C early intervention services, which have been culled from more than forty years of research, model demonstration projects, and wisdom and experience from providers and families.  Whether you are brand new to the field or have been working within early intervention for many years, this course will provide a deeper understanding of evidence based practices within the 5 major themes, including family-centered, children’s learning, natural environments, adult learning, and quality teaming.  Upon completion of this module, users will have an understanding of each foundational pillar and gain access to resources to support their work as they partner with families in early intervention.

This curriculum was developed by a national workgroup of professionals from the Early Intervention-Early Childhood Professional Development Community of Practice in 2015. 

Course Instructions:

This online course is self-paced and asynchronous with embedded audio, video clips and interactive learning activities. You will need to complete course activities in the following order:

  1. Terms of Agreement
  2. Training Modules on the each of the 5 pillars of Early Intervention:
    • Family-Centered Practice
    • Children's Learning
    • Natural Environments
    • Adult Learning
    • Quality Teaming
  3. Check for Understanding
  4. Training Evaluation
  5. Certificate of Completion

Participants must complete all training modules, successfully pass the Check for Understanding, and submit the required training evaluation in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Credit Hours:

Upon completion of the course you will receive 3.0 contact hours and the following EI Credential Hours:

  • 1.0 EI Credential Hour in the Area of Working with Families
  • 1.0 EI Credential Hour in Intervention
  • 1.0 EI Credential Hour in Typical Child Development