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Graduate Certificate Programs

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

The Department of Early and Special Education at Boise State offers five graduate certificate programs that align with a variety of professional roles in early intervention and special education.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS

The Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Interventions and Supports is designed for current or prospective education professionals who want to expand their knowledge of interventions and supports for individuals from birth through adulthood who engage in challenging behavior that make inclusion in school and community-based settings a challenge. This certificate program can be pursued individually or may be completed concurrently with the M.Ed. in Early and Special Education.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION SERVICES AND SUPPORTS

The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Intervention Services and Supports is designed for individuals who have or are pursuing a degree in elementary education, special education, early childhood education, early childhood special education, speech pathology, general education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work or nursing and are interested in working with infants and toddlers (0-3) with developmental delays or disabilities in the home and community setting. Students completing this certificate may work at either the Department of Health and Welfare’s Infant Toddler Program as a Developmental Specialist or for a developmental disability agency as a 0-3 Habilitative Interventionist. Habilitative Interventionists are primarily focused on teaching adaptive skills and supporting the development of pro-social behaviors. Developmental Specialists provide early intervention evidence based practices through consultation and education to families and caregivers by providing routine-based interventions in the child’s natural environment (homes, childcare, etc.). This certificate program can be pursued individually or may be completed concurrently with the M.Ed. in Early and Special Education.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education is designed for individuals who currently hold a valid Idaho Standard Exceptional Child Certification in conjunction with the Generalist K-12 Endorsement. Completion of this certificate and required Praxis II examinations leads to an institutional recommendation from Boise State to add an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE; Pre-K – 3) endorsement. The ECSE endorsement is non-categorical and allows one to teach in any Pre-K special education setting. This certificate program can be pursued individually or may be completed concurrently with the M.Ed. in Early and Special Education.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN HABILITATIVE SERVICES AND SUPPORTS

The Graduate Certificate in Habilitative Services and Supports is designed for individuals who have or are pursuing a degree in a human services field and are interested in working with children and adolescents (age 3-17) with diagnosed developmental disabilities in the home and community setting. Approved human service degrees include the following: counseling and guidance, psychology, nursing, education/special education, sociology, child development/human development, social work, therapeutic recreation, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology/communication disorders, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy and behavioral sciences/ABA. Students who do not have or are not pursuing a degree in a human services field will need to complete the Certificate in Special Education Services and Supports which includes all of the coursework for the Certificate in Habilitative Services and Supports with additional courses aligned with Habilitative Interventionist standards.

Students who either (a) complete the Certificate in Habilitative Services and Supports and have a degree in a human services field, or (b) complete the Certificate in Special Education Services and Supports and have a bachelor’s degree in any field will complete the coursework requirements to work for a developmental disability agency as a 3-17 Habilitative Interventionist teaching adaptive skills and support the development of pro-social behaviors. Interventionists work in the home and community setting focused on individual client goals including communication, social skills, self-management, self-help, and independence. In order to become a Habilitative Interventionist, individuals also need a minimum of one year supervised experience working with children with developmental disabilities which is typically provided by the hiring agency. This certificate program can be pursued individually or may be completed concurrently with the M.Ed. in Early and Special Education.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES AND SUPPORTS

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education Services and Supports is designed for individuals who do not have or are not pursuing a degree in a human services field and are interested in working with children and adolescents (age 3-17) with diagnosed developmental disabilities in the home and community setting. Students who do have or are pursuing a degree in a human services field may complete the Certificate in Habilitative Services and Supports. Approved human service degrees include the following: counseling and guidance, psychology, nursing, education/special education, sociology, child development/human development, social work, therapeutic recreation, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology/communication disorders, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy and behavioral sciences/ABA.

Students who either (a) complete the Certificate in Habilitative Services and Supports and have a degree in a human services field, or (b) complete the Certificate in Special Education Services and Supports and have a bachelor’s degree in any field will complete the coursework requirements to work for a developmental disability agency as a 3-17 Habilitative Interventionist teaching adaptive skills and support the development of pro-social behaviors. Interventionists work in the home and community setting focused on individual client goals including communication, social skills, self-management, self-help, and independence. In order to become a Habilitative Interventionist, individuals also need a minimum of one year supervised experience working with children with developmental disabilities which is typically provided by the hiring agency. This certificate program can be pursued individually or may be completed concurrently with the M.Ed. in Early and Special Education.