The Department of Early and Special Education at Boise State offers three undergraduate certificate programs that align with professional roles outside of classroom teaching in early intervention and special education.
CERTIFICATE Descriptions & REQUIREMENTS
The Certificate in Early Childhood Intervention Services 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.).
The Certificate in Habilitative Services 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 which includes all of the coursework for the Certificate in Habilitative Services with additional courses aligned with Habilitative Interventionist standards.
Students who either a) complete the Certificate in Habilitative Services and have a degree in a human services field, or b) complete the Certificate in Special Education Services 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 supporting 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.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
Admission to Upper-division Early and Special Education Standing for Certificate Programs
The Department of Early and Special Education requires all early and special education certificate students to apply for admission to upper-division early and special education standing. To be admitted to upper-division early and special education standing, a student must meet the following criteria prior to enrolling in 300-level and 400-level early and special education courses with the prerequisite of “upper-division early and special education standing.” Early and special education certificate students enrolling in these upper-division early and special education courses without approved upper-division standing will be withdrawn administratively from the courses. Students enrolled in a degree-seeking program in Teacher Education will be required to follow procedures to be admitted to Teacher Education prior to enrolling in upper-division courses.
Minimum Criteria for Admission to Upper-division Early and Special Education Standing
1. Admission to Boise State.
2. Completion of the following lower-division courses with a C or better in each course:
b. Certificate in Habilitative Services: ED-CIFS 203 or PSYC 441, and ED-ESP 223 or PSYC 309.
c. Certificate in Special Education Services: ED-CIFS 203 or PSYC 441, ED-ESP 223 or PSYC 309, and
ED-ESP 250 or 350.
3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher across required lower-division courses
4. At least 36 credits (including coursework in progress at the time of application).
5. Submission of a completed application and current transcript.
Dr. Deb Carter
Education Building, Room 228
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1725