Early Intervention Special Education License Program (EISE)

EISE Webinar

Please enjoy the most recent Early Intervention Special Education (EISE) webinar during which Dr. Hollie Hix-Small discussed her fully online program, admissions, and timelines.

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The Early Intervention Special Education License Program (EISE) is a graduate teacher program that prepares 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 responsive 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 preschool setting; and focus on family priorities as well as the needs of the child. Early intervention is an interdisciplinary 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, preschool 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


  • Part-time
  • Fully online
  • 64 credits for preliminary license 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 College of Education and Portland State University

Our graduates

  • Early intervention home visitors, inclusive early childhood preschool classroom teachers, consulting itinerant teachers, Relief Nursery staff, teacher in parent program for teenagers, Head Start and Early Head Start staff, evaluation team member

For more information, contact Hollie Hix-Small at askcoe@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. Students may complete an additional 24 credits to earn a MS in Special Education