Training Resources for Early Interventionists and Service Coordinators
Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum
The Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum is being developed by a 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.
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 Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist.
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.
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.
Maryland State Department of Education: Elevates: Evidence-based resources providing an implementation framework of technical assistance, self-assessment, and support that mirrors current special education accountability and compliance under state and federal law. Resources for early intervention and special education administrators, providers, and families.
Nebraska's Early Development Network-Resources and Training for Practitioners:
The Early Supports and 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.