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Early Intervention Special Education License Program (EISE)

The Early Intervention Special Education License Program (EISE) is a graduate teacher licensure program to prepare early interventionists/early childhood special educators to provide services to young children (birth to age five) with special needs and their families. An additional focus of the program is training students at the preservice level to provide culturally competent services to young children with disabilities and their families who are from diverse backgrounds.

Early intervention services support young children birth through age five who are experiencing developmental delays, behavioral or social emotional difficulties or have a disability. Services are individualized for each child and family; delivered in natural and inclusive settings such as the home or pre-kindergarten setting; and focus on family priorities as well as the needs of the child. Early intervention is a multidisciplinary field; teams of professionals collaborate to help children reach their full potential and meaningfully participate in family and community life.

Program benefits

  • Acquire skills to provide services to infants, toddlers, pre-kindergarten children with special needs, and their families
  • Acquire skills to provide culturally responsive services across a variety of contexts.
  • Gain necessary coursework to apply for licensure in EI/SE 
  • Master's degree embedded into program

Format

  • Part-time 
  • Fully online
  • 64 credits for initial licensure and master's
  • Cohort program
  • Field experiences include classroom, home visiting, and consultation in child care models
  • Focus on working with families from diverse backgrounds

Who is eligible?

  • Students who meet the admission criteria of the Graduate School of Education and Portland State University 

Our graduates

  • Early intervention specialists, early childhood special education teachers, Relief Nursery staff, teachers for the Teenage Parent Program (TAP), Head Start and Early Head Start staff

For more information, contact Carlos Quatela at gsesped@pdx.edu.

Online Early Intervention Special Education Endorsement

This program is intended for individuals who are looking to add an Early Intervention Special Education Endorsement to their teaching license. This 21 quarter credit program is fully online. 

Parent-Infant Interaction Project (PII-Project)

The Parent-Infant Interaction Project is a NDRR funded grant to develop a curriculum related to parent-infant interactions for parents with learning disabilities. 

View the EISE webinar:

The October 12, 2015 webinar is now available as a Blackboard Collaborate recording.