Information for New Students

Information for New Students

Welcome to the Early Intervention Certificate Program! We hope that you enjoy your experience at Kent State University. In an effort to facilitate a smooth transition to graduate studies, we have summarized information to help you prepare for your experience. Please review the requirements and timelines carefully.


All students are required to complete the following orientations:
  • Early Intervention Certificate Program Orientation on June 16th 2016, 4-6 pm in White Hall. No need to register. More information will be provided by email.
  • Kent State University Graduate Student Orientation: register HERE; select the "new student orientation" on the morning of August 23, 2016. If you do not have a teaching assistantship appointment, you do not need to register for the session for teaching assistants. 
  • Fall Internship Orientation at the Family Child Learning Center (FCLC): first week of the semester (see Early Intervention Certificate Program Calendar for more details). No need to register. 
  • Spring Internship Orientation (dates may vary depending on agency)

Course Registration and Schedule (Full-Time Plan of Study)

  • SPED 63956 Foundations in Early Childhood (Tuesdays at 4:25-7:05 pm)
  • SPED 63954 Practical Applications: Teaming (Tuesdays at 7:20-10:00 pm)
  • SPED 63892 Internship* (Seminar on Thursdays at 4:25-7:05 pm)
  • SPED 62951 Early Intervention in Natural Environments (Thursdays at 7:20-10:00 pm)
  • SPED 63955 Typical and Atypical Development (Mondays at 7:20-10:00 pm)
  • SPED 63957 Assessment and Evaluation (Wednesdays at 4:25-7:05 pm)
  • SPED 63892 Internship* (Seminar on Thursdays at 4:25-7:05 pm)
  • SPED 63952 Family and Professional Collaboration (Thursdays at 7:20-10:00 pm)
  • SPED 64951 IFSP/IEP (100% online, asynchronous; 8-week course typically in June-July)
  • SPED 63892 Internship* (Seminar meeting dates are generally discussed and agreed upon before the summer session starts)
Most courses are conducted in a hybrid format combining on-campus sessions, online synchronous sessions (meeting through video-conferencing) and online asynchronous work. The schedule and format are determined prior to the semester and you will be informed of each week's session format on the first class session. 
*Internship requires 125 field hours supervised by a credentialed Early Intervention professional. The program will assist students in placements every semester.
*Students funded through the OSEP grant complete an internship every semester; those who are not funded complete one internship (typically on the last semester in the plan of study).

Requirements for Internship

Our partner sites for internship placements require a few procedures before students can begin their internship experiences. It is highly recommended that students begin these procedures in August before the Fall semester.

  • Fingerprinting/federal and state background check (FBI and BCI) - must be current (within the past 12 months). Here are two options for where you can complete the FBI and BCI:
    • OPTION A: Instructional Resource Center in 221 White Hall, KSU main campus. Be sure to read the hours, requirements, fees, and payment methods HERE.
    • OPTION B: Find locations in your community by searching based on your zip code on the Ohio Attorney General's website. Fees may vary depending on location.
    • Note: it is recommended that you have the results sent to your own address so that you can keep the originals and make copies for the internship sites, OR have it sent to: Dr. Sanna Harjusola-Webb, 405 White Hall, 150 Terrace Drive, Kent, OH 44243.
  • Drug screen - you can ask your physician OR go to Deweese Health Center at KSU main campus. Call them to schedule an appointment and ask for a 10-panel drug screen. You will need to bring a photo ID and any prescription medications in the original container. 
  • Flu shot
  • Student educational liability insurance: You can obtain insurance coverage through the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). We highly recommend the membership to CEC and its Division for Early Childhood (DEC) as it is our professional organization for special education and early intervention. CEC offers discounted student educational liability insurance as one of the member benefits. Insurance plans start at $25/year for $1M coverage. More information on the insurance plans and other CEC member benefits can be found HERE.

Submit all documentation (hard copies or scanned documents in PDF format) to Dr. Sanna Harjusola-Webb ( Keep copies for your own records.

Students completing the fall internship in FCLC: please submit your fall availability (specific days with blocks of time) to Kim Travers ( by August 15, 2017 so that you can be paired with a field supervisor in the internship site. 

Important: Various placements may have more, fewer, or different requirements. What we have listed above is the minimum. Each student is responsible for obtaining information on additional requirements, if any, by contacting their field supervisor or the Human Resources department at the agency in which they are placed.

Additional Documentation

All students funded through the OSEP scholarship are required to complete additional documentation for the processing of tuition waivers and stipends.

Please see Debbie Roeder during regular business hours to complete the following: 

- sign scholarship acceptance letter
- complete W9 form
- complete electronic payment authorization form (to receive stipends electronically)
Bring the following:
- driver's license (Debbie will make a copy)
- voided check

Debbie Roeder, Special Assistant
College of Education, Health and Human Services
Research and Evaluation Bureau

507 White Hall

Kent OH 44242
330-672-3737 – Fax



Most, if not all of the Early Intervention Certificate courses will be held in the evenings (4:00 pm onwards) in White Hall on the main campus. Occasionally there may be a course that will be held in Moulton Hall (beside White Hall). 
It is recommended that students obtain one of the following: an "R16" parking pass for the White Hall lot; a "C-All Lots" pass; OR an afternoon pass (2 pm onwards) through Parking Services
You will need to be enrolled in order to purchase a parking pass. 

Tutorials, Workshops, and Other Trainings

Success in graduate studies and beyond will require students to be proficient in a variety of skills in the areas of safety, information literacy, technology, and academic writing. Below is a list of university resources that you will utilize to become competent in these areas. Most, if not all of these resources are at no cost to you as a student. Please note that training sessions and workshops may require students to register in advance.

  • Safety
    • A.L.I.C.E. Workshop (active shooter response training)
    • Child Safety
    • CPR/AED
    • Search and register for each safety training session HERE.
    • Submit certificates of attendance to Dr. Sanna Harjusola-Webb at Keep a copy for your own records. 
  • Information Literacy
  • Technology
  • Academic Writing