Many States require continuing education contact hours - irrespective of your discipline - relating to early intervention topics such as service provision and evaluation. Below are the regulations of several States that require this specific continuing education for all early intervention providers. Our courses can be taken for State Early Intervention required credential continuing education with specific contact hours, which require mandatory professional development related to provision of services, as well as evaluation & assessment of babies and toddlers. Alternately, if you are an SLP, OT or OTA, sign up for contact hours and continuing education credits (CEU's) to satisfy your State's requirement for continuing education per satisfaction of annual licensing requirements.
State of Illinois – Continuing Educational Requirements in Early Intervention
Section 12 – proof of educational needs:
Illinois requires 30 hours in each of the core areas:
As a part of Rule 500 Early Intervention, the Illinois Department of Human Services established guidelines defining basic core educational content knowledge areas that unlicensed credentialed providers must document to become/remain a provider in the Illinois EI system. This requirement is a CUMULATIVE TOTAL of ALL coursework and/or workshops completed by an individual focusing on infants and toddlers (birth to 3) with special needs. Once this requirement has been fulfilled and providers have received verification from the EI credentialing office, it will not be required again. The core knowledge area requirements are as follows:
Completion of educational experiences that include the equivalent of at least 2 semester hours or 30 clock hours in each of the following:
- Typical and Atypical Child Development (at least 1 semester hour or 15 contact hours in each area)
- Working with Families with Young Children* with Special Needs
- Intervention Strategies for Young Children* with Special Needs
- Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs
State of New York – Continuing Educational Requirements in Early Intervention
SECTION IV (J) OF NEWLY RELEASED NY STATE AGREEMENT WITH AGENCIES AND PROVIDERS MANDATES THAT: "PROVIDER(S) SHALL PARTICIPATE IN A MINIMUM OF TEN CLOCK (10) HOURS OF PROFESSION DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES PER YEAR...NOT RESTRICTED TO DEPARTMENT SPONSORED TRAINING, ... MAY INCLUDED CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES/WORKSHOPS..WEBCASTS AND WEBINARS...." (page 4 of the NY State agreement).
Section XII, B5 states:" PROVIDER(S) WHO RENDER EVALUATIONS ... SHALL ALSO PARTICIPATE IN A MINIMUM OF ONE (1) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY TOTALING A MINIMUM OF 1 1/2 CLOCK HOURS PER YEAR RELATION TO THE PROVISION OF EVALUATION & ASSESSMENT TO CHILDREN .. AND IS NOT LIMITED TO DEPARTMENT SPONSORED TRAINING. "
State of Texas – Continuing Educational Requirements in Early Intervention
- The contractor must comply with DARS ECI requirements related to health regulations for all direct service staff. The contractor must comply with 34 CFR Part 85 and Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 81.
- The contractor must comply with DARS ECI requirements related to initial training requirements for direct service staff. Before working directly with children and families, all staff must:
- complete orientation training as required by DARS ECI;
- hold current certification in first-aid including emergency care of seizures and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for children and infants;
- complete universal precautions training.
- The contractor must comply with DARS ECI requirements related to continuing education requirements for direct service staff. All staff providing early childhood intervention services to children and families must maintain current certification in first aid including emergency care of seizures and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for children and infants.
The contractor must comply with DARS ECI requirements related to continuing education for an EIS. An EIS must complete:
- a minimum of ten contact hours of approved continuing education each year;
- an additional three contact hours of continuing education in ethics every two years.