Enhance your education and understanding of diverse learners, their families and fellow professionals with the interprofessional early intervention certificate from UW-Eau Claire. Designed with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in mind, you'll learn strategies for interprofessional collaboration in assessment and intervention practices.
Courses will introduce you to the unique needs of diverse learners (4K-12) through the lens of special education. The identification and characteristics of multiple disability populations — learning, intellectual, emotional, physical, health — will be described and discussed. A variety of topics will be covered throughout the program, including identification, services, disability/education law, transition to post-school outcomes, family/parent roles, individual rights, cultural diversity and more.
This certificate is available to students majoring in the unified special education K-12 and elementary/middle major.
Unique and intentional curriculum. Expert faculty throughout the special education and inclusive practices department will provide you with knowledge of special education procedures as outlined by current federal legislation. You'll learn best practices and the latest techniques in areas like behavior management, inclusive practices and intervention. You'll also become familiar with special education law, ethical behavior, and how best to consult and collaborate with parents, school personnel and agencies in designing high-quality learning for all children.
Relevant student organizations. Several student groups on campus, including Best Buddies and Team Triumph, focus on bringing attention to the needs and rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These organizations are best known for bridging gaps and making connections that lead to positive, local change.
Throughout the 12-credit program, you'll learn practical and applicable skills so that you can feel confident in any classroom, equipped with the knowledge and understanding of assessment in early intervention. You'll also learn how to choose developmentally, linguistically and culturally appropriate tools and methods that are responsive to the characteristics of the young child, family and program.
What classes do interprofessional early intervention students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Diverse learners
- Early intervention service delivery and interprofessional collaboration
- Child and family assessment in early intervention
- Methods in the natural environment
- Play and sensory pedagogy
Learn more about the interprofessional early intervention certificate in the UWEC course catalog.