Advanced certificate in early intervention and parenting
HEGIS code 0823.00
NYS SED program code 36844

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Admission Requirements

Department Early Childhood Education/Art Education
Fall Application Deadline June 1st
Spring Application Deadline December 15th
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. Resume

4. A statement of purpose (500-1,000 words) describing your reasons for pursuing the program and your future professional goals.


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


The Advanced Certificate in Early Intervention and Parenting program (18-credits) is clinically rich, with an emphasis on relationship-based and evidence-based, family-centered practices, the parent-infant dyad and infant mental health, typical and atypical development, and a trans-disciplinary approach to working in partnership with culturally diverse families with infants and toddlers with disabilities (or at-risk for developmental delays).

This program is open to both master's students and post-master's professionals including early childhood educators, early childhood special instructors, mental health professionals, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists currently working in Early Intervention (EI) and in other early childhood and family settings. For graduate students across disciplines, this unique program aims to support the next generation of EI professionals to develop expertise in early childhood development and effective family-centered, best practices. For early childhood professionals, already competent and working in the field, to integrate their professional knowledge and skills with family-centered, best practices that will enhance the parent-child relationship, support children's development, and help prevent long-term developmental delays.

By completing this Advance Certificate program, both students and skilled professionals will learn about integrating multiple perspectives by understanding children's functioning and development across domains as well as working with caregivers and their children within the context of the families' concerns, priorities, and culture.

Note: To qualify as a Special Instructor for the Early Intervention Program (EIP), a certification in students with disabilities (SWD; Birth - Grade 2) is required. To obtain additional certification in SWD, Birth - Grade 2, students are required to complete the following ECAE courses: ECAE 7101, 7102, 7104, 7113 and 7678 and pass the required CST-Students with disabilities exam. Completion of the EI Advanced Certificate prepares professionals to work with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in their homes. Students are advised to meet with EC Graduate program coordinator for guidance.

This program can be completed online.

Matriculation requirements:
Entrance requirements for acceptance include an earned baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the undergraduate major, and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.
Applicants must have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in early childhood special education, occupational therapy or related field. Applicants must present coursework or equivalent work experience in knowledge of child development and foundations in special education. Additional courses may be required prior to admission to remedy any deficiency in a prospective student's ability to meet matriculation requirements.

Degree Requirements:
The 18-credit Advanced Certificate is a masters or post-masters and requires six sequential courses:

ECAE 7663T Communication Development and Assessment of Young Multilingual Children with and without Special Needs, 3 credits

ECAE 7675T Supporting Diverse Families and Parent-Child Relationships, 3 credits

ECAE 7678T Developmental and Educational Assessment of Infants and Young Children with Special Needs, 3 credits

ECAE 7683T Typical and Atypical Physical Development in Infants, Toddlers and Young Children: Prevention and Early Intervention, 3 credits

ECAE 7885T Advanced Psychosocial Development I: Caregiver-Child Interactions with Emphasis on the First year of Life, 3 credits

ECAE 7886T Advanced Psychosocial Development II: Caregiver-Child Interactions and Reflective Supervision, 3 credits

The department Chair may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

This certificate requires 280 hours of supervised clinical fieldwork (and reflective supervision) in families' homes as well as center-based programs and hospitals. It is designed to be completed in one year (summer, fall, spring, summer).

Note: Students must obtain fingerprinting clearance. See School of Education Web site for more information.