Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Training Resources for Early Interventionists and Service Coordinators

WWW: Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum

This curriculum is being developed by a WWW: national workgroup that convened with a common goal to develop an online early intervention curriculum, highlighting best practices in the early intervention process, that can be shared as a training tool and/or family resource for anyone in the nation.

Assuring Qualified Providers: Training Required for Certification or Enrollment in the Early Intervention Program

Several states have online courses or modules that are part of a credentialing or qualification process that is required for any provider in the Part C early intervention system. Other states have developed online training as part of a certification program for a personnel category often called Early Intervention Specialist, Infant and Toddler Specialist or Developmental Specialist.


WWW: Early Steps Training by Children's Medical Services, Department of Health - Florida's Part C Program includes 3 orientation modules required for all Early Steps providers and a training module for the WWW: Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist.


WWW: First Steps Training Modules - These courses are designed to give providers new to the program skills for working with families in their natural environment. In addition to a statement of beliefs and principles of the Early Intervention System, courses include Orientation, Evaluation and Assessment, and IFSP Outcomes in Natural Environments, Transition and a specialized module on Service Coordination. Select the First Steps Provider Training link from the list of E-learning courses.


WWW: Virginia Early Intervention eLearning Center provides online cources that are aligned with required competencies for all providers (including service coordinators) who want to practice as a certified provider in VA's Infant and Toddler Connection System. Requires registration and log in.

Online Inservice Training and Support

The following is a collection of online training materials that states are using in early intervention programs to provide inservice supports for EI providers. Some are specifically designed for a designated role (for example service coordinators) but still have content that is applicable for all providers. Materials are varied in design and format, including competency based, self study and content to be delivered by trainers.





WWW: Maryland Learning Links - Evidence-based training resources for early intervention and special education administrators, providers, and families. Resources include legal requirements, essential content, video, reflection and activities, and recommended readings with annotations. The A-Z directory is easily searched for topics such as Evaluation & Assessment, Developing & Implementing IFSPs, and Early Childhood Transition. Users need to create a sign-in and password protected account to access the free materials.


Nebraska's Early Development Network-Resources and Training for Practitioners:

New Hampshire

The WWW: Early Supports & Services (ESS) orientation provides the basic information needed to be a service provider or coordinator in the NH Part C program. Completing multiple modules and getting a supervisor's sign off is a prerequisite to participating in a required day long orientation program.

New Mexico

This guide is a self-study resource for service coordinators (PDF: 3,332kb) that contains guidelines about eligibility requirements and coverage of health plans and other funding sources throughout New Mexico.

PDF: NM Family Infant Toddler Program Technical Assistance Document - Natural Environments


Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program created 4 WWW: Web based Training Modules to support ECI providers to improve practice.


West Virginia


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