The world of early intervention and early childhood education is rapidly changing.  Busy professionals are looking for distance learning opportunities to keep up with or improve their knowledge and skills in early childhood intervention.  We have highlighted academic programs, topical learning modules, webinars and other types of online learning available that are helpful for becoming an early childhood intervention provider or improving your practice.

Academic Programs
Learning Modules

Academic Programs

Online academic programs offered specifically to enhance knowledge and skills of the early childhood and early intervention professionals. See the University or organizations’ website for details about requirements, application and fees.

Georgetown University Graduate Certificate in Early Intervention
An eight-course hybrid program utilizing distance education in combination with short intensive on-campus instruction offered by the Center for Child and Human Development through the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Center for Continuing & Professional Education. The program provides advanced training in comprehensive, evidenced-based early intervention practices to early intervention/early childhood professionals.  Click here for more information and registration for the program.  Build your professional confidence and credentials with this unique program!

Learning Modules

Online learning modules on topics in early intervention and early childhood.  Some modules are free and some require registration or fees.
Contemporary Practices in Early Intervention for Children Birth to Five
A series of 8 training modules and tool kit of electronic provider resources designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of early intervention and early childhood providers. Modules include information and activities about common disabilities in young children, how to work with families, evaluation and assessment, using evidence based practices, assistive technology, and leadership within a system of care. The modules are designed for individual use or as curriculum or professional development enhancements http://www.teachingei.org/

CDC Learn the Signs, Act Early ASD Case Training (ACT) Module

Center for Disease Control and Prevention learning modules designed to assist health providers in identifying autism spectrum disorders (ASD), how to assist a family through the diagnostic process, and how to care for children with ASD.  This site includes resources on developmental screening for ASD and other conditions and disabilities. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html

Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Promotes social emotional development and school readiness for children birth to five.  Online learning presentations with videos examples available. http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/

CONNECT Modules from The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge

Online learning modules designed for faculty and professional development providers to use as curriculum or professional development enhancements.  Module topics include embedding interventions in everyday learning opportunities, transition, effective communication for teams, family –professional partnerships, assistive technology, and reading and instruction practices.  Modules are available in English and Spanish. http://community.fpg.unc.edu/

The Basics of Early Intervention
The U.S. Department of Education and the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) created a training curriculum based on the final Part C regulations released in September 2011.   Module 1 is a series of slideshow presentations and handouts that provides an orientation to Part C of IDEA including the 8 steps in early intervention, common acronyms, and key terms.  Other modules on early intervention topics are in development  http://nichcy.org/laws/idea/legacy/partc/module1


A sample of upcoming or archived webinars about early intervention and early childhood topics. Annotations of archived webinars are included.

Financing Early Intervention: A Webinar with Maureen Greer and Colleen Sonosku
Date: Wednesday January 3, 2018 - 9:30am- 12:30 pm
Everything you need to know about making the system work.


Assistive Technology for Young Children with Susan Mistrett
Date: January 4, 2017
This webinar outlines how AT is used to promote independence and participation in early childhood and the steps to consider, select, use and evaluate assistive technology are discussed.

Extended Option Webinar
Held July 2014- webinar to discuss the option families have to continue receiving services and support s for their children under DC Early Intervention, Strong Start if they qualify for special education as they turn 3 years of age.
Extended IFSP Option Webinar
(Recording) and presentation slides (PDF)

ASD with Dr. Audrey Thurm
Dr. Thurm discusses the new DSM V criteria and the research about early detection. This webinar was conducted August 2014 for the Strong Start, DC Early Intervention Providers. Strong Start: ASD with Dr. Audrey Thurm Webinar

Innovative Approaches to Improve Developmental Screening: Highlights from Three Act Early Teams
Presenters: Elaine Gabovitch, MPA; Dr. Roula Choueiri, MD; Dr. Jane Charles, MD; Fauzia Malik, MPAS, MS
Affiliation of Presenters: University of Massachusetts Medical School, E.K. Shriver Center; Center for Children with Special Needs, Tufts Floating Hospital; Medical University of South Carolina; University of New Mexico, Center for Development and Disability
Webinar Sponsor : The Association of the University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
Date: March 1, 2012
Summary: With the national screening rate for autism spectrum disorders, or ASD, at only 19.5% for children 10 months to 5 years of age, the health care field is beginning to invest more resources in increasing developmental screening – and implementing it earlier. This webinar features representatives of three teams hoping to accomplish just that in Massachusetts, South Carolina, and New Mexico, and to publicize these “act early” campaigns across the country. The first two speakers, Elaine Gabovitch and Dr. Roula Choueiri, spoke about the “Learn the Signs. Act Early” Massachusetts state campaign. One of the main goals of the campaign was to shorten the wait time between screening/diagnosis and intervention. They used the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) tool to improve the efficiency of conducting a developmental screen within a well child care visit. Dr. Jane Charles described the South Carolina system to improve screening and referral for early intervention services. South Carolina’s STAT-MD training project, trained pediatricians on the importance of early intervention and instructed pediatricians to use the Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers (STAT). Finally, Fauzia Malik, program manager for the Developmental Screening Initiative (DSI) in New Mexico, spearheaded the mission to ensure that no child reaches kindergarten with an undetected developmental condition. This program focused on practice-wide interventions in pediatric and family medicine offices, and allowed the physicians to choose the screening tool that worked best for the practice. Each of these programs promote early and efficient screening and referral for early intervention for young children with ASD. It would be beneficial to pediatricians and other health care providers, as well as hospital administrators, to view this webinar to learn about screening techniques and programs that can be implemented in their practices and hospitals. (Antonia Kopp, NHS '14)

Southeast Regional Consortium and AUCD Presentation: Therapies for Children with Autism 
Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: What We Know and Don’t Know
Presenters: Dr. Jeremy Veenstra-Vander Weele, MD; Dr. Zachary Warren, PhD
Affiliation: Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Webinar Sponsor: The Association of the University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
Date: March 21, 2012
http://www.aucd.org/resources/webinar_mgt.cfm?keyword=autism&timespan=&date=3%2F21%2F201Summary: The CDC’s latest report that the estimated rate of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has climbed to 1 in 88. Dr. Jeremy Veenstra-Vander Weele, MD, and Dr. Zachary Warren, PhD describe the findings of the comparative effectiveness report, Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, commissioned by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This report is a comprehensive review of 159 studies published in English from January 2000 to May 2010, of medical, behavioral, and educational interventions used for children with ASD. The report attempts to answer: What are the short- and long-term effects of available behavior, medical, allied health, or complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatment approaches, both for the core features of ASD as well as associated symptoms? Drs. Veenstra-Vander Weele and Warren recognize that the different disorders on the autism spectrum may have very different diagnostic features and that children will respond differently to specific treatments. However, they maintain that early identification of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD can allow the formation of these specific interventions. Their report included 42 medical treatment studies (including those involving antipsychotics medicines, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and other medications, as well as dietary and other interventions) and 34 behavioral treatment studies (examining techniques such as Early Intense Behavioral & Developmental Interventions, the Early Start Denver Model, and parent training). This webinar is beneficial for medical personnel (physicians, nurses), habilitation providers (physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists), and educators, as well as parents of children with autism, to learn about the available therapies for children with autism, which are effective, etc. (Antonia Kopp, NHS '14
Report discussed in the webinar available at
 http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ under Research Summaries, Review, and Reports