Early Intervention

Georgetown CCPE is currently accepting applications for the Certificate in Early Intervention program beginning in Fall 2015. Complete applications are due August 1, 2015.   

Program Description

The Certificate in Early Intervention is an eight-course hybrid program utilizing distance education in combination with short intensive on-campus instruction. The program provides advanced training in comprehensive, evidenced-based early intervention practices to early intervention/early childhood professionals.

The program focuses on promoting the values, skills, and attitudes needed to develop a system of support and services for infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities and/or delays in development. The Certificate in Early Intervention promotes a system of care approach to the delivery of services to young children and their families. A comprehensive set of learning activities addressing the principles of evidenced-based, culturally competent, and family-centered early childhood intervention practices is the basis for the certificate program.

Taught by subject matter experts from the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, the Certificate in Early Intervention provides training to professionals who deliver early intervention and early childhood services to infants, toddlers, and young children. Service providers, policy makers, and program administrators will gain advanced knowledge and skills in the theory, evidence, and policies that guide services to young children with disabilities and their families: comprehensive, evidence-based, family-centered, culturally and linguistically competent, interdisciplinary services that are embedded into naturally occurring activities and routines.

The ability to stay abreast of local, national and global changes in early childhood intervention is increasingly more difficult, and as a result, practitioners are needed who are experts in the field, who can synthesize research meaningfully, and translate policies into strategies that help children participate in their communities. Completion of the certificate in the Certificate in Early Intervention will build the competence and confidence of early childhood professionals to assume leadership within early childhood intervention systems.

Learn more about the importance of early childhood intervention from world leaders in the field of early childhood development. Dr.Toby Long, Director of the GU Certificate in Early Intervention, in collaboration with Open Society Foundations, discusses key factors related to the importance of early childhood intervention in this short video.

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).

Program Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Assess and promote social, emotional, developmental, and behavioral health of infants, toddlers, and young children in partnership with families in the context of their communities
  • Identify developmental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders early
  • Intervene effectively using evidence-based knowledge and practices
  • Develop and manage effective systems of supports and services

This program is designed to:

  • Provide students with the knowledge to deliver evidenced based early childhood intervention
  • Cultivate professionals who can create and sustain comprehensive, evidence-based, family-centered, culturally and linguistically competent, interdisciplinary service systems
  • Develop professionals who can analyze, develop, and implement policies and procedures that are effective, efficient, and equitable for vulnerable children and their families

Designed For

  • Professionals who provide early intervention/early childhood services including practitioners (Educators, PT, OT, SLP, Psychologists, etc.), policy makers, and administrators
  • Executives who create and implement early intervention/early childhood programs
  • Advocates for families and young children
  • Health care finance officials who develop and implement payment contracts with providers and programs

Program Format & Schedule

Dr. Toby Long and Dr. Rachel Brady discuss the Early Intervention Certificate curriculum.


This certificate program consists of eight required courses, a portfolio project, and a capstone project, which are to be completed over a 10-month period. Four courses will be delivered online using a variety of synchronous and asynchronous technology, online discussion groups, webinars, and video conferencing. Students are required to be present at Georgetown University two days at the start of the cohort for orientation as well as one day at the end of the cohort to present a capstone project. Courses cannot be taken independently of the certificate program. Participants are required to successfully complete all courses within a single cohort to receive the Certificate in Early Intervention.

Program participants are expected to:

  • Engage in practical application of theoretical knowledge
  • Participate in online discussions
  • Complete short written assignments
  • Complete a portfolio
  • Complete a scholarly capstone project
  • Convert capstone project to a formal conference presentation

Throughout the duration of the program, participants should spend 5 to 10 hours a week on assignments outside the classroom.

Program Prerequisites

  • An entry-level degree in an early intervention/early childhood discipline such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, special education, social work, etc. or related field such as early childhood education
  • A bachelors or master’s degree in a related field of study such as psychology, sociology, human development, healthcare, etc.
  • At least one year of professional experience in serving vulnerable children and families

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Certificate in Early Intervention from Georgetown University, participants must successfully complete all eight courses for a total of 18.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 180.0 contact hours. All eight courses must be completed within the 10-month time frame.

  Course Name Course Type CEUs
1 Foundations of Early Intervention Required 2.00
2 Providing Services to Young Children Required 3.00
3 Gathering Information to Determine Eligibility Required 3.00
4 Special Topics in Early Intervention Required 1.00
5 Evidence-Based Practices Required 3.00
6 Administration & Leadership in Early Intervention Required 3.00
7 Practice Applications in Early Intervention Required 1.00
8 Capstone Course in Early Intervention Required 2.00
Total   8 Required 18.00

See below for course schedules and registration information.

Program Tuition

Total program tuition for all eight courses in the Certificate in Early Intervention is $6,000.00. Tuition is due at time of registration. Withdrawals and refunds are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Tuition Payment Considerations

While non-credit professional certificate programs do not qualify for federal financial aid, prospective students should consider the following for tuition payment:

  • Seek employer funding or reimbursement
  • Enroll in our interest-free payment plan
  • Use Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits/ GI Bill
  • Apply for a private education loan

Program Materials

Course materials will be distributed in digital format and accessible through Blackboard, Georgetown's learning management system. Students must have a laptop or tablet computer to access course materials.

Program Admission

The faculty selection committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis. Only complete applications will be reviewed. As this is a cohort program, each applicant will be evaluated as an individual and as part of a well-balanced group of students. Admissions decisions will be communicated via e-mail.

Application Checklist

A complete application consists of the following:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A non-refundable $35 application fee
  3. A current resume or CV (no more than two pages)
  4. Personal statement (500 words) describing your professional goals and how this program will meet those goals
  5. One professional reference letter

Georgetown CCPE is currently accepting applications for the Certificate in Early Intervention program beginning in Fall 2015. Complete applications are due August 1, 2015.   

International Students

A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program. Non-credit professional certificate programs are classified as part-time education programs. As a result, Georgetown University cannot sponsor international students for student visas (F-1) to enroll in certificate programs. However, prospective international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more about travel visas, please see the section on international students under Frequently Asked Questions.

More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please complete the Request More Information Form, send an email to ccpeprograms@georgetown.edu, or call 202.687.7000. Interested students are also encouraged to RSVP for an upcoming information session.


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