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Developmental Therapist Credential

Early childhood educators interested in working with very young children with disabilities and their families have the opportunity to take a series of coursework in Developmental Therapy (DT) leading to the Developmental Therapist credential.

Developmental Therapists are assigned by the Illinois’ Early Intervention system (EI), under the Department of Health and Human Services, to provide services at homes or in child intervention centers and hospitals. ​Provider Connections is contracted to review applications and grant credentials for professionals working in Early Intervention.  The review process includes an examination of transcripts to ensure appropriate training in the area of infant and toddlers assessment and intervention  and working with families. Individuals interested in becoming a developmental therapist need to have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or in child development, with specific courses in infancy and their families.  An early childhood teaching license is desired, but not required.

Courses within DePaul's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education​ and Master of Education in Early Childhood Education​ programs have been approved for earning Developmental Therapy credentials. Students  interested in pursuing the DT credential as a part of those programs can find more information within their specific degrees linked above.

Provided that all prerequisites have been met, non-DePaul students can expect to complete the coursework  within one academic year provided they take at least one course per term.

Prerequisites for Developmental Therapy Credential coursework

Applicants who are not current DePaul students and are interested in completing the Developmental Therapy credential coursework at DePaul must complete the following requirements:

  • ​Hold a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field (such as Child Dvelopment, Child and Family Studies, etc.)
  • Send their transcript and syllabi for relevant courses for evaluation to DePaul ECE advising office.  
  • Have prerequisite courses equivalent to the following undergraduate or graduate DePaul courses
    ​Undergraduate
    • ​ECE 290 CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (approved for 1 credit, typical) development)
    • ECE 302 CHILD AND FAMILY IN MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY (Approved for 1 credit, families)
    • ECE 306 FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT: POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT AND INTERVENTION (approved for 1 credit typical and 1 credit atypical)
    • ECE 307 SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG CHILD (approved for 2 credits, typical)
    • ECE 309 EXCEPTIONAL CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (approved for 1 credit, typical)
    • ECE 375 EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSESSMENT (approved for 1 credit, assessment)
    ​Graduate
    • ​SCG 404 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (Early years) (approved for 2 credit, typical)
    • T&L 406 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG CHILD (approved for 2 credits, typical)
    • T&L 411 ASSESSMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD (approved for 1 credit, assessment)
    • T&L 421 CHILD AND FAMILY IN MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY (approved for 1 credit, families)
    • T&L 427 EXCEPTIONAL CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (approved for 1 credit, typical)​​
    • T&L 423 FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT: POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT AND INTERVENTION (approved for 1 credit typical and 1 credit atypical)
    • T&L 431 EARLY CHILDHOOD LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT (approved for 1 credit, typical).​

​​Please note that DePaul does not determine whether or not a course taken at another university ful​fills the same prerequisite as a course listed above​. Applicants must send their non-DePaul transcripts to the Illinois credentialing agency, Provider Connections, for an evaluation to determine their course equivalencies to DT prerequisites at DePaul. Prerequisite courses may also be taken at DePaul.​​​

Requirements for Developmental Therapy Credential

The following three undergraduate or graduate courses must be completed. All non-DePaul students must submit their transcripts from DePaul and all previous schools to Provider Connections after all DT courses are completed:

    Undergraduate
    • ECE 390: DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY STRATEGIES FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS IN EARLY INTERVENTION
    • ECE 391: ASSESSMENT OF INFANT AND TODDLERS
    • ECE 392: WORKING WITH FAMILIES OF INFANTS AND TODDLERS: PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION IN EARLY INTERVENTION
    Graduate
    • T&L 490: DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY STRATEGIES FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS IN EARLY INTERVENTION
    • T&L 491: ASSESSMENT OF INFANT AND TODDLERS
    • T&L 492: WORKING WITH FAMILIES OF INFANTS AND TODDLERS: PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION IN EARLY INTERVENTION​

While students may benefit from taking these courses in sequence, it is not necessary.  Currently, courses are offered once per quarter in this order: ECE 390/TL 490 in the autumn quarter; ECE 391/T&L 491 in the winter quarter; and  ECE 392/492 in the spring ​

​​​Interested applicants must complete an application for “non-degree” students and submit to the graduate admissions. ​

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Graduate Admissions:

DePaul University
College of Education
2400 North Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614-3250
Phone: (773) 325-4405
Outside Illinois: (800) 4-DePaul

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