The Online Certificate in Early Intervention prepares you to develop a system of services and support for infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities or delays in development. You’ll benefit from advanced training in comprehensive, evidence-based early intervention practices, including a “system of care” approach to the delivery of services.
In the classroom, you’ll engage with subject matter experts and instructors from Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development, a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). You’ll leave the program with the values, skills, and knowledge needed to intervene effectively and support young children in a culturally competent, family-centric partnership.
Ideal for: Childhood services professionals
Childhood services professionals
Duration: 9 courses over 10 months
9 courses over 10 months
Format: Online & On-Campus
Online & On-Campus
Enrollment: Online classes with 4 on-site intensives
Online classes with 4 on-site intensives
Semester of Entry: Fall
Semester of Entry
Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will be able to:
Assess and promote social, emotional, developmental, and behavioral health
Form partnerships 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
Testimonials from current students and alumni.
This program has equipped me with the appropriate knowledge and resources to enhance both my narrative and clinical reasoning skills to holistically connect with families. I develop and implement a plan of care that's truly client-centered, evidence-based, and therapeutic with a focus on optimal developmental outcomes for the child and overall family unit.
Certificate in Early Intervention
Our classes are taught online in real-time by Georgetown instructors using Zoom video conferencing. They are designed to provide our professional learners with a high-quality, engaging educational experience. For more information, please contact Program Support at email@example.com.
You must successfully complete the nine required courses for a total of 20.00 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 200.0 contact hours. All nine courses must be completed within the 10-month time frame.
Foundations of Early Intervention (2 CEUs)
Serving Children with High-Intensity Disabilities in the Natural Environment (2 CEUs)
Providing Services to Young Children (3 CEUs)
Gathering Information to Determine Eligibility (3 CEUs)
Special Topics in Early Intervention (1 CEU)
Integrated Practices in Early Childhood (3 CEUs)
Administration and Leadership in Early Intervention (3 CEUs)
Practice Applications in Early Intervention (1 CEU)
Capstone Course in Early Intervention, Parts I and II (2 CEUs)
What Is Live Online Learning?
Live online instruction is enhanced by incorporating various instructional practices and technology tools. Features such as Zoom video conferencing, breakout rooms, and chat allow for real-time interaction and collaboration among learners. Tools like Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Canvas Groups facilitate teamwork and information sharing within the learning community. Polling, surveys, and threaded discussion boards promote active engagement and the expression of opinions. It is important to foster social respect, privacy, and incorporate Jesuit values to create a supportive and inclusive online environment. By utilizing these practices and tools effectively, live online instruction can be engaging, interactive, and conducive to meaningful learning experiences.
What Is On-Campus Learning?
On-Campus programs combine traditional classroom learning with interactive experiential methodology. Classes typically meet for two or three consecutive days once a month at our downtown Washington, D.C. campus.
Rachel Brady is a Research Associate in the Department of Pediatrics, and the Director of Information Dissemination for the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Center for Child and ... Read more
Jamie Holloway is a Lecturer/Consultant of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development where she teaches in the Early Intervention Certificate program. Dr. Jamie Holloway, PT, DPT, PCS ... Read more
Ellen Kagen is a Senior Policy Associate of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. Ms. Kagen she directs the Georgetown Leadership Program, a national leadership learning and ... Read more
Toby Long is a Professor, the Director of Training at Georgetowns Center for Child and Human Development, and Faculty Director for the Certificate in Early Intervention. Toby Long, PhD, PT, ... Read more
Lorelei E. Pisha, Ed.D., is a research associate in the Department of Special Education and Disability Studies. She coordinates an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) funded training project which ... Read more
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How to Apply
Application Opens—Jan 1
Applicants must have 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 bachelor's or master’s degree in a related field of study (such as psychology, sociology, human development, healthcare, etc.) and at least one year of professional experience in serving vulnerable children and families is also required.
Please review the refund policies in our Student Handbook before completing your registration.
You must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in order to enroll in our certificate programs. For each cohort, an application review committee offers admission to a diverse group of students to enrich the classroom experience.
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International students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in certificate courses. However, Georgetown University cannot sponsor student visas for noncredit professional certificate programs.
A TOEFL examination is not required for non-native speakers of English but students are expected to read, write, and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program.
Students from most countries may register for our online certificate programs, however, due to international laws, residents of certain countries are prohibited from registering.
Tuition & Funding
Tuition varies by course. Total program tuition for all 8 courses is $6,000. Textbooks are not included.
Noncredit professional certificates do not qualify for federal financial aid, scholarships, grants, or needs-based aid. However, several finance and funding options do exist, as listed below.
Some employers offer funding for employee education or professional development. If an employer guarantees payment for employee education and training, Georgetown will accept an Intent to Pay form. If you are using employer sponsorship or training authorizations, you must submit an Intent to Pay form with your registration.
If your employer will pay for your tuition, select “Third-Party Billing” as your method of payment when you register for courses online. Please submit an Intent to Pay form indicating that your employer or another third party should be billed for tuition. Invoices will not be generated without this form on file.
Eligible Georgetown employees may use their Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefits to fund 90% of the certificate program tuition—employees will be invoiced for the remaining 10% of tuition and must pay any other charges associated with their certificate program. Employees using TAP benefits may work directly with the HR Benefits Office to ensure payment prior to the start of any course. This payment option is only valid if registration occurs at least 10–14 business days prior to the start date of the first course. Any fees incurred due to course withdrawal are the student’s responsibility and are not funded by Georgetown University TAP. For questions regarding TAP benefits, please contact the HR/Benefits Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 687-2500.
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The professional certificate programs offer an interest-free payment plan for certificate programs that are more than one month in duration and for which the total tuition is greater than or equal to $4,000. The payment plan is structured in the following manner:
Payment #1: A down payment of 25% of the total tuition balance must be paid online (within 72 hours after you register and select Payment Plan) via the Noncredit Student Portal. Please submit your down payment as soon as possible.
Payments #2, #3, and #4: Your remaining balance will be due in three (3) equal monthly installments beginning 30 calendar days after your down payment is processed. Your monthly payments must be paid via credit card in the Noncredit Student Portal. You will be able to access each invoice and payment due date in your student account.
PLEASE NOTE: Automatic Payment Service is not available. You must make each subsequent payment via the Noncredit Student Portal.
A number of tuition benefits are available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and under various parts of the GI Bill®. Please visit the Resources for Military Students page for additional information and instructions.
Some students choose to finance certificate programs with private education loans. Students are responsible for contacting lenders directly to find out if a noncredit professional certificate program is eligible for a loan. While Georgetown University will not recommend specific lenders, it will certify loans for eligible programs from approved lenders.
For eligible noncredit professional certificate programs, Georgetown University will certify loan amounts up to the full cost of tuition for the program. Tuition does not cover books, travel, or living expenses. Please see individual program pages for tuition rates.
Georgetown University has a unique campus code for Sallie Mae. Our Sallie Mae branch code is 001445-99.
You must be approved for a loan before registering for courses. Follow these steps to pursue a loan option:
Check the list of lenders that have offered private education loans in the past to Georgetown University students.
Contact the lender and confirm your program is eligible for a private education loan.
Obtain the necessary paperwork and apply for the loan.
Georgetown will certify loan amounts based on the information below. Please note that our branch code is 001445-99.
If approved, register for courses:
Payment sent to Georgetown: Select “Third-Party Payment” at the time of registration if the lender is sending funds directly to Georgetown.
Note: It is your responsibility to contact Georgetown University Noncredit Student Accounts at email@example.com to ensure that your loan is processed.
Only one tuition discount may be applied at the time of registration. Tuition discounts cannot be combined. Tuition discounts are not applied retroactively. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Eligible federal employees across the country receive a 10% scholarship applied to the current tuition rate for all SCS degree programs and professional certificate programs each academic semester. Please contact email@example.com for steps to be added to this discount group.