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Online Graduate Certificate in Interprofessional Teaming in Early Childhood


This certificate is designed to prepare and guide professionals to engage in collaborative best practices in service to individuals with special needs and their families. Graduate students already enrolled in professional programs in the following six disciplines will be able to earn this certificate to augment their preparation to engage in collaborative best practices in services to young children with special needs and their families.

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • School Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Speech Language Pathology
Students will demonstrate competencies through individualized programs of study that will entail documenting 38 competencies in the areas of collaboration, advocacy, diversity and cultural competence, evidence-based practice, professional and ethical standards, technology, human development, assessment and evaluation, and service provision.


The University of Toledo is a 4 year, public, regionally accredited university that has been serving students since 1872. As a student, you will enjoy: direct contact with your Success Coach and advisors, and interactive faculty to help you achieve your goals. UToledo also has many resources that a large institution offers such as; eTutoring, IT Help Desk, and eLibrary.


Earn an eight-credit hour certificate specifically for graduate students in select professional programs, including blended classroom and DL courses and a practicum.

Courses for completion:

Team Models and Community Networking (3 credit hours, Spring 1)
This course is administered through Distance Learning.

The 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.
    • SPED5270 For Master and Clinical Doctoral Students
    • SPED7270 For PhD and Educational Specialist Students

Seminar I:
Orientation to Interprofessional Teaming(1 credit hour, Summer 1)
This class is a blend of Distance Learning and Cohort Meetings. 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.
    • CIEC5/7610 - for ECE Students
    • OCCT 7610 - for OTD Students
    • PHYT5610 - for DPT Students
    • SOCW7610 - for SOCW Students
    • SPSY5610 - for SPSY Students
    • SPED5/7610 - for SPED Students
    • SLP5610 - for SLP Students

Seminar II: 
Leadership and Advocacy in Interprofessional Teaming
 (1 credit hour, Fall 2)
This class is a blend of Distance Learning and Cohort Meetings. 

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.
    • CIEC5/7620 - for ECE Students
    • OCCT 7620 - for OTD Students
    • PHYT5620 - for DPT Students
    • SOCW7620 - for SOCW Students
    • SPSY5620 - for SPSY Students
    • SPED5/7620 - for SPED Students
    • SLP5620 - for SLP Students

Seminar III: 
Evidence-Based Practice and Innovation in Teaming
(1 credit hour, Spring 2 or later)
This course is taken along side the Practicum. 

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.
    • CIEC5/7630 - for ECE Students
    • OCCT 7630 - for OTD Students
    • PHYT5630 - for DPT Students
    • SOCW7630 - for SOCW Students
    • SPSY5630 - for SPSY Students
    • SPED5/7630 - for SPED Students
    • SLP5630 - for SLP Students

Practicum in Interprofessional Teaming (2 credit hours, Spring 2 or later)
Students in the certificate program will have two options for completing the practicum. 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.

  • 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.

The GCTEC Practicum focuses on TEAMING. 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.

  • 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.
    • CIEC5/7640 - for ECE Students
    • OCCT 7640 - for OTD Students
    • PHYT5640 - for DPT Students
    • SOCW7640 - for SOCW Students
    • SPSY5640 - for SPSY Students
    • SPED5/7640 - for SPED Students
    • SLP5640 - for SLP Students


The Judith Herb College of Education at The University of Toledo is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from fall 2016 to fall 2023. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.


This certificate will give new graduates a competitive edge in employment in early childhood settings. Prepare to engage in collaborative practice to support young children with special needs and their families.

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Last Updated: 7/31/22