In order to be employed in the State of Texas as an Early Intervention Specialist, individuals must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and have at least 18 hours of course credit relevant to specific to early childhood intervention and early childhood special education. With this foundation, individuals are eligible for employment where they will then, through Texas Health and Human Services, complete an ECI credentialing system.
The 15-hour minor in Early Intervention in the College of Education can provide undergraduates with necessary coursework to be eligible for employment in the field of Early Intervention and is offered as a collaboration between Special Education and Early Childhood programs. Early childhood intervention professionals work collaboratively with families and other service providers on how to support the development of young children with special needs within their everyday experiences. Focus of the coursework emphasizes foundational knowledge on special education law, child development, collaborating with families, conducting developmental screenings and assessments, progress monitoring, service delivery and intervention pedagogy. This minor may be of special interest to individuals majoring in early childhood, psychology and social work.