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Early Childhood Intervention

Early Childhood Intervention Specialists work with students ages three to eight (pre-K through 3rd grade) with a documented disability. Their goal is to increase the child's skills, promote growth and development, and to support families during these critical years.

The mission of the Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Program is to make significant contributions to the early childhood intervention research base through applied and participatory research and to disseminate findings to local, state, national, and international forums through publications, presentations, and consultation. To increase the number of family-guided and culturally responsive personnel to serve young children with disabilities and their families with the skills necessary to participate in the global community, serve as critical consumers and life long learners, and to operate as effective transdisciplinary team members.

Students at Kent State University enrolled in the Early Intervention Special Education program are encouraged to earn their  Early Intervention Certificate from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD; this certificate is not offered through Kent State University, please refer to your local Board of Developmental Disabilities for more information) The Early Intervention Certificate allows individuals to work with young children ages 0-3 with disabilities and their families in home and community settings. The DODD certified Early Intervention Specialist is the professional in Ohio responsible for providing "special instruction" to infants and toddlers and their families as noted in Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Special Instruction includes:

(i) The design of learning environments and activities that promote the child's acquisition of skills in a variety of developmental areas, including cognitive processes and social interaction;

(ii) Curriculum planning, including the planned interaction of personnel, materials, and time and space, that leads to achieving the outcomes in the child's individualized family service plan;

(iii) Providing families with information, skills, and support related to enhancing the skill development of the child; and

(iv) working with the family to enhance the child's development.


For more information on the Early Intervention Special Education Program please contact Dr. Sanna Harjusola Webb (


Licensure, Endorsements, and/or Certificates
  • This program is only available at the graduate level.
Early Childhood Special Education License
M.Ed in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Intervention
Early Intervention Specialist Certificate (Birth to age 3)
 Ed.S in Special Education
Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Certificate/Endorsements








Ph.D in Special Education