Counseling & Applied Educational Psychology

Early Intervention (Certificate)

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Program Overview

The interdisciplinary concentration in Early Intervention (EI) is designed for students who enjoy working with very young children and their families. Through coursework and practicum experiences, students are prepared to work with infants and toddlers with known disabilities or those who are at risk for developmental delay.

The EI specialization may be pursued as an independent certificate program, or integrated into a graduate  program in speech-language pathology and audiology, school psychology, counseling psychology, or physical therapy. In addition, it can be integrated into the psychology undergraduate degree program. Personnel who work in the EI field may pursue the certificate program in the context of their employment.

Northeastern's EI program is the only higher-education program approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) that is interdisciplinary in its faculty, students, and curriculum. Courses are team-taught by faculty from the following disciplines: school, counseling, and developmental psychology; speech language pathology and audiology; physical therapy; special/education; and nursing. As a result, students experience the team approach that is current practice in the field. Completion of the program leads to the required state certification for early intervention personnel at the advanced provisional level.


The program of study consists of four courses and a practicum, which are integrated, as much as possible, within the curriculum of a student's specific degree program. All academic courses are offered in a hybrid format that combines online learning with four classroom meetings per semester. Because the program is interdisciplinary, scheduling of courses is done in such a way as to make it available to as many programs as possible. View sample Program of Study.

Experiential Learning

The practicum requires 300 hours of field experience in a MA DPH certified EI program. Field training usually takes place over two semesters, unless it is embedded into one semester of a discipline-specific degree program.

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Contact Info

Karin Lifter, PhD Program Director
424 Int'l Village
Tel: 617.373.5916
Fax: 617.373.8892