Early Intervention, Graduate Certificate

Northeastern University’s Graduate Certificate in Early Intervention program is an interdisciplinary, preservice training program that is designed to fulfill requirements for certification as an early intervention specialist, at the advanced provisional level, as set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The interdisciplinary nature of the program is facilitated by the interaction of students from school psychology, counseling psychology, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, human services, psychology, and other disciplines who participate in the program.

The goals for the early intervention certificate program are:

  • To prepare personnel to provide services to infants and toddlers with disabilities, and their families, from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds in urban environments
  • To prepare personnel who have attained all competencies relative to early intervention, specified by the Massachusetts DPH, and that are consistent with best practice and research
  • To prepare personnel in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing from Northeastern University’s multidisciplinary resources
  • To prepare personnel to function effectively across teams (individualized family service plan teams, community teams, interagency teams) and to understand the roles of their interdisciplinary teammates

The program is delivered in a hybrid format: Classes meet on campus one day each month, and additional course content is delivered through online distance education. The program can be taken alone or integrated with bachelor's, master’s, or clinical doctoral degree programs. Personnel who are working in the field may use their work site for field training. Degree-bearing programs incorporate the courses in alternative arrangements (e.g., Master of Science/Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology), meaning that some classes stand in place for others. These program plans are worked out with your advisors.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


A grade of B or higher is required in all courses.

Early Intervention
CAEP 5150Early Intervention: Family Systems3
CAEP 5151Early Intervention: Infant and Toddler Development, Risk, and Disability3
CAEP 5152Early Intervention: Planning and Evaluating Services3
SLPA 6335Early Intervention: Assessment and Intervention3
CAEP 8425Early Intervention Practicum 12
CAEP 8426Early Intervention Practicum 22

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

16 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required