Program of studies

Program Description


The M.Ed. program prepares the experienced early intervention professional with leadership skills in developing and implementing programs for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners with developmental delays. The program is based on two philosophical assumptions about recommended practice with young children and families.
The first assumption is that early childhood intervention must be viewed from an ecological perspective. The child is an individual developing within a broad ecology including families, professionals, and communities. This view means that early childhood professionals will need to work with childr3n in the context of this ecology, and will need skills related to working with professionals and agencies from disciplines other than education.
The second assumption underlying the program is that early intervention should be family centered. The early intervention professional's role is to strengthen and support the family as they facilitate and nurture their young children's development. The early intervention professional must promote developmentally, individually, and culturally appropriate assessment and instructional practices for all young children in their natural learning environments. Early intervention is an interdisciplinary endeavor. Training programs ought to prepare professionals to work collaboratively on teams with parents and professionals from a variety of disciplines and agencies. All course work, research, and field experiences incorporate the above dimensions.


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