May 18, 2024  
UofM 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
UofM 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Studies, Early Intervention Specialist, (B.P.S.)

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The Bachelor of Professional Studies with a concentration in Early Intervention (ages 0-2) focuses on recognizing the uniqueness of the provision of instruction and/or service coordination in the field of Part C the Federal IDEA legislation for early intervention (ages 0-2). Students will learn how to promote caregiver-child interaction by assisting families to adapt routines and activities to support children’s (ages 0-2) learning and interaction. In addition, students will be introduced to adult learning approaches to support caregivers and understand how cultural diversity affects family interactions and practices. 

This program is designed to reflect professional standards set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children Division of Early Childhood. These standards are critical indicators of program quality and include: 

· Federal IDEA Part C Requirements;

· Typical and atypical patterns of infant and toddler development and learning in all areas;

· Functional assessment of development across domains;

· Developmental disabilities in the birth-to-three population; and

· Specialized instructional strategies to help young children (ages 0-2) learn.  

This program prepares students to take the Tennessee Early Intervention Credential exams required to provide Developmental Therapy in the State of Tennessee. 

This program DOES NOT lead to teacher licensure. Students interested in gaining a teaching license should contact the College of Education at 678-2728 or visit their website at:

General Education (35-41 hours)

See University General Education Program  for the University General Education Program requirements. Students who have completed one year of American History in high school are exempted from the six credit-hour History General Education Program requirement; otherwise, students will have to meet the History requirement.

Coordinated Study (58 hours)


Many upper-division (3000/4000-level) courses have prerequisites that must be met prior to being permitted to register for those courses. You are responsible for knowing and satisfying all course prerequisites. Some (not all) prerequisites are listed below. For specific information about courses and the prerequisites they may have, please view course descriptions at: Course Descriptions   

Many courses also require permits from the department that teaches the course. For example, SWRK and CJUS courses will always need permits from those respective departments. College of Professional & Liberal Studies staff cannot issue permits for courses taught in other departments. ALL 3000/4000 level classes taught by the College of Business (ACCT, ECON, FIR, MGMT, MKTG) require a permit; students must request a permit online at:

Early Intervention Specialist (12 hours)

Early Intervention Specialist Core Supportive Competencies (12 hours)

Guided Electives & Field Experience (13 hours)

Group A: Family Dynamics (3 hours)

Group C: Educational Context (3 hours)

Group D: Field Experience: (4hours)

College Requirements (9 hours)

Thematic Studies (6 hours)

College of Professional & Liberal Studies thematic studies course(s) are designed to broaden a student’s knowledge of significant themes in social, political, and religious history. Review a complete list of courses:

Senior Project (3 hours)

The senior project is a student’s culminating experience or capstone designed to synthesize and integrate the content of a student’s program of study. The senior project is intended to fuse the two or more academic areas that comprise the student’s coordinated study (major) into an academically-relevant example of scholarship. Students will complete a thesis, task-based, or artistic project on a topic of their choice with approval of their senior project instructor. The senior project is completed during a student’s final semester. Students will be assigned to a specific section based on their concentration.

General Electives (12-18)

May be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120 with a minimum of 42 upper-division hours.

Interested in becoming a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)?  An RBT is a designation that can be obtained with appropriate coursework and successful completion of a competency assessment.  Most RBTs work under the supervision and guidance of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Courses consist of a four-course sequence (SPED 4111, 4112, 4113, & 4114), and can be completed entirely online.   These courses can be added to any UofM major. The coursework will cover the basics of applied behavior analysis, as well as how to effectively measure, assess, and intervene with children, including those with autism.

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