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Early Intervention Concentration


Early, relationship-based intervention can support a young child’s emotional and behavioral development and help at-risk children and their families prevent future developmental issues. In this concentration, you will explore how serious developmental problems can be screened for early in life and study an infant’s developmental cycle as it relates to interaction with family, society, and the culture in which he or she lives.

Working in an increasingly diverse field that combines areas such as special education, pediatrics, social work, public policy, and physical and occupational therapy, an early intervention specialist acts as a consultant for parents, caretakers, physicians, and teachers in the development of the brain, emotions, and behavior of young children. You will have the opportunity to study the prevention, assessment, and treatment of socioemotional problems, all in the context of children’s primary relationships.

If you anticipate working with bilingual children, consider taking our Dual Concentration in Early Intervention and Early Biliteracy Development . You can gain the knowledge from both concentrations and graduate in the same amount of time.

This program, combined with your cultural background and language skills, can help you prepare for careers in child development positions such as:

  • Early childhood teacher/assistant

  • Director of child development programs

  • Family day care provider

  • Infant-toddler child care provider/teacher

  • School-age child care provider

  • Elementary school pre-teacher trainee

  • Preschool and child development center administrator

  • Parent educator

  • Human services agency representative

  • Mental health consultant

  • Elementary and secondary school staff member

  • Child/youth advocate in social and legal arenas

  • Child and family counselor

  • Public health and health care professional

Degree Requirements

If you are a San Mateo County Community College District student, you can complete this concentration on campus at Cañada College. Find out more about the completion and admission requirements.

Lower-Division Core Child Development Courses (22 units)
EDU 101
ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 103 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 105 Observations and Assessment Techniques 3
ECE 106 Child, Family, and Community 3
ECE 110 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
CD 214 Understanding Children's Behavior: Social Emotional Guidance 3

Upper-Division Core Child Development Courses (27 units)
PSY 325
CD 352 Cognitive and Language Development 3
CD 353 Play, Development and Learning 3
CD 450 Socio-Emotional Development of Children 3
CD 452 Leadership and Advocacy for Children 3
CD 453 Research in Child Development 3
CD 455 Culture and Cognition 3
CD 454 Practicum in Early Childhood Education II 3
CD 458 Becoming a Child Development Professional (Online Students) 3

Concentration Courses (9 units)
CD 435 Autism Spectrum Disorders
CD 457 Observation and Assessment of Differently-Able Young 3
CD 442 Methods for Second Language Learners 3
ECE 216 Infant –Toddler Care and Education 3
CD 219 Inclusive Practices for Young Children 3
Elective Courses (18 units)
Choose any courses that interest you from this program, our general education program, or our other undergraduate programs.