Early Childhood Intervention Specialist

Program Description

The early childhood intervention specialist program at KSU is designed for individuals interested in working with young children with disabilities or at risk for disabilities and their families.   The program prepares early educators (age 3-8) and early intervention (birth-age 3) professionals to meet the learning and developmental needs of all infant, toddler, preschooler, kindergarten and elementary age children, including those at risk for and with disabilities.

The ECIS program offers courses of study leading to the following options:

  1. licensure in early childhood special education (early childhood intervention specialist initial license);
  2. pre-k special needs concentration (includes prescribed courses that can apply toward consideration by ODE for the Pre-K Special Needs Endorsement and can be added to any non-degree SPED licensure or the ECE license);
  3. early intervention certificate;
  4. master’s degree in special education; or
  5. doctorate in special education.   


If you are interested in Special Education Licensure, you must be fully admitted into the Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Licensure Preperation (Non-degree) Program and complete the prescribed coursework on the prospectus in addition to courses that are prescribed here for the Master's Degree.

Admissions to Graduate School

  • The ECIS program offers courses at the graduate level and each program track may have different admission requirements
  • Generally, the applicant is required to submit:
    • Application to the Graduate School, including official transcripts of all college and university work
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher across all undergraduate courses and undergraduate institutions
    • Personal Goal Statement
    • Two letters of recommendations
    • Moral character form
  • The applicant may also need to submit (if applicable):
    • GRE scores
    • Current Ohio teaching license
    • Praxis Core (reading, writing, mathematics) exam scores
    • Completion of prerequisite courses

Contact an Advisor

We would be happy to answer your questions or provide you with additional information about our programs:

Degrees Licensure, Endorsements, and/or Certificates


  • This program is only available at the graduate level.

Early Childhood Intervention specialist Licensure Preparation (Non-Degree)

M.Ed in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Intervention

Early Intervention Certificate (Birth to age 3)

DODD Early Intervention Certificate Approved Course (PDF) (this certificate is issued through the county Board of Developmental Disabilities, not Kent State University.)


Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Certificate/Endorsements

Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.