Become a Developmental Therapist
Qualifying Degrees for a Developmental Therapist
Currently in the state of Illinois in order to hold a credential in Developmental Therapy a Developmental Therapist must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an Early Intervention approved college/university program in the areas of :
An applicant must also document the completion of educational experiences as approved by the Department that include at least 2 semester college hours of, or the equivalent (30 clock hours or CEU credit hours) in, each of the following EI core knowledge content areas:
Finally the applicant must submit proof of training on the use of a formal assessment tool that would allow the provider to perform global evaluations and assessments.
If you currently possess the minimal requirements to become a developmental therapist and would like to enroll to provide services as a Developmental Therapist in the state of Illinois Early Intervention Program you can apply for a credential and enroll as a provider by visiting our states credentialing agency, Provider Connections and clicking on the Credential Applications on the toolbar on the left of the page. There you can find the application packet along with additional overview information about requirements and answers to common credentialing questions.
The Illinois Developmental Therapy Association encourages all those seeking a career in Developmental Therapy to achieve the highest level of learning possible. There are a variety of programs that can provide the education necessary for a Developmental Therapist. The following is a list of some of the Graduate Programs in Illinois that can provide those seeking a career in this field the education they seek.
Elmhurst College offers a Masters (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Special Education.This program’s design is centered around three core principles:
1. Quality learning occurs best within the context of caring relationships.
2. Self-reflection and self-knowledge are important professional competencies needed to successfully work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.
3. Forming collaborative partnerships with families is central to working with young children with special needs.The philosophy of family-centered care is at the heart of this graduate program. Because young children with special needs (like all children) develop within families, understanding and supporting their families is as important as understanding and supporting the children themselves. The program has several unique features that grow directly out of this program philosophy. For more detailed information relating to this program
Erikson Institute offers master’s degrees and graduate certificate programs as well as a doctoral program in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago, all focused exclusively on early childhood development.
All of Erikson’s programs feature:
For more detailed information relating to this program