Graduate Certificate in Teaming in Early Childhood

Courses for Completion


GCTEC Courses


Course Names

GCTEC Course Names

Team Models and Community Networking (3 credit hours)

 This course:

  • provides an introduction to the foundations of team practice in early childhood including child/family-centered practice,
  • examines various models of teaming and consultation, and
  • introduces the need for cultural competency.

This course is administered through Distance Learning.

Seminar I:
Orientation to Interprofessional Teaming
(1 credit hour)

In this seminar, students will be introduced to values in interprofessional teaming. Emphasis will be placed on:

  • consultative/coaching approaches to team practice,
  • ways of resolving conflicts and skills related to interpersonal communication,
  • and cultural similarities and differences with collaborative practice.

This class is a blend of Distance Learning and Cohort Meetings.


Seminar II: 
Leadership and Advocacy in Interprofessional Teaming (1 credit hour)

 In this seminar, students will:

  • develop skill in assessing interprofessional team practices at the facility/system level,
  • explore how policy affects teaming practices, engage in advocacy of team practice, and
  • develop skill in providing feedback to team members, resolving interpersonal conflict, and cultural competency.

This class is a blend of Distance Learning and Cohort Meetings.

Seminar III:
Evidence-Based Practice and Innovation in Teaming
(1 credit hour)

In this seminar, students will:

  • conduct a review of the literature guiding practice, 
  • explore technologies which can benefit children with disability and team practices with children with disabilities, and
  • develop a plan for life-long learning on a topic relating to interprofessional teaming.

This course is taken along side the Practicum.

Practicum in Interprofessional Teaming
(2 credit hours)

Students in the certificate program will have two options for completing the practicum.

  • Option A, students will be placed by program faculty in a community-based early childhood program, perhaps as an interprofessional cohort.
  • Option B, with faculty approval, students will conduct their practicum at a facility in which they are already placed for a discipline-specific training experience.

In either option, students will conduct a case study focusing on one or more child with special needs in an inclusive setting. The case study will include assessment; development, implementation, and assessment of intervention plans; technical training of site staff and families; and reflection.

Students will create a dissemination of their practicum results.

The GCTEC Practicum focuses on TEAMING.

  • Option A, the cohort of students will function as a consultative team providing strategies for intervention and inclusion for a case study client/student.
  • Option B, the student will analyze and facilitate the facility's teaming practices affecting the outcomes of one or more clients/students.

Practicum hours will be approximately 4 hours per week for a total of 60 hours.

To complete the case study requirements, some of these hours may be spent outside of the facility's operating schedule.

Last Updated: 7/25/17