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Early Childhood Interventionist Certification

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) has partnered with the University of Houston in order to allow undergraduate students majoring in Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) to meet Early Intervention Specialist (EIS) training requirements through the completion of their coursework. Graduates with this major have the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to enter the field of early childhood intervention and are much more prepared to work as an Early Intervention Specialist than other graduates.

Students interested in obtaining this certification must meet with the HDFS advisor within the first two semesters of declaring an HDFS major to discuss the Individualized Professional Development Plan and sign the HDFS Early Childhood Interventionist Certification Agreement. The plan specifies course assignments that must be completed and approved by faculty during various courses required to complete an HDFS major. Students will not be recognized as an EIS until they have graduated and obtained employment in a Texas Early Childhood Intervention Program. The EIS credential is only available to those students who are employed by a Texas ECI program after graduation. Once employed, the graduate will register as an Early Intervention Specialist and will then be able to finish any activities not completed through coursework in the Human Development & Family Studies major. After all activities are completed, the employee will receive the Early Intervention Specialist certificate.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification

HDFS and the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate Program in the Graduate School of Social Work have partnered to develop a program that prepares students for nonprofit management. This program includes mandatory participation in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, agency site visits, professional workshops, and attendance at the Management/Leadership Institute of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Students seeking this certification organize and attend a retreat and a recognition program. In addition to the 18 hours of coursework, students complete a 480 hour internship. This internship allows students to gain practical experience in a nonprofit organization.

Students interested in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate Program should consult the course requirements at the University of Houston as well as the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance UH Chapter Website.  There is also an  Nonprofit Leadership Alliance National Website for more in-depth information.

Teacher Certification

The Teacher Certification Program offers students an opportunity to develop practical competencies on a base of theoretical knowledge about human development. HDFS offers two certifications: Early Childhood to Fourth Grade (EC-6) and Special Education EC-12. EC-6 Certification qualifies graduates to teach children from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade in public school as well as in preschool and day care facilities. Special Education EC-12 Certification allows individuals to become Special Education teachers at all levels, from early childhood through twelfth grade. 

Students who wish to pursue any of these teacher certifications will be required to complete the UH Teacher Education Program.