Core Content Area Descriptions
Illinois Early Intervention
The following core content area descriptions are intended to be a support for persons interested in understanding the Provider Connections college/university course review process. This is not an exhaustive list of topics covered under each core content area. Content or topics will be evaluated on an individual basis, based upon information submitted by the credential applicant and/or college/university.
Typical Child Development
This core content area focuses on theories and philosophies of early learning and development as well as normative developmental sequences and variations, individual differences within and across the range of abilities, and other direct and indirect contextual features that support children’s development and learning. This content area may include discussion of social, cultural, and linguistic diversity.
Atypical Child Development
This core content area focuses on characteristics, etiologies, and individual differences within and across the range of abilities. This may include variations from normative developmental sequences including developmental delays, atypical patterns of development, disabilities, and and other direct and indirect contextual features that may constrain a children’s development and learning. This area may also include discussion of variations in development and their potential impact on children’s early development and learning.
Working with Families of Young Children with Special Needs
This core content area focuses on relationship-based practices, family-centered practices, and family systems theories. This may include developing and maintaining reciprocal partnerships with families, family capacity-building practices, supporting families to make informed decisions, engaging families in opportunities that build on their existing strengths, and fostering family competence and confidence to support their children’s development and learning. This core area may include CPR, bloodborne pathogens, cultural competence, personal safety, and compassion fatigue.
Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs
This core content area focuses on assessment practices including the purposes of assessment, ethical and legal considerations of assessment, developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate tools and methods that are responsive to the characteristics of the young child, family, and program. This area may include selecting as well as administering informal and formal measures in partnership with families and other professionals. This area may also include analysis, interpretation, documentation and sharing of assessment information as well as eligibility determination, monitoring progress and screenings
Intervention Strategies for Young Children with Special Needs
This content area focuses on intentional, systematic, evidence-based, responsive interactions, and interventions to support all children’s learning and development across all contexts, activities, and routines in partnership with families and other professionals. This area may include specific evidence-based intervention strategies, strategies to facilitate equitable access and participation for all children and families within natural and inclusive environments. This area may include adapting interventions, environmental modifications, and adaptive equipment.
** All course syllabi submitted to Provider Connections for review must include documentation that clearly describes that the specific core content area covered the birth to three age level and the time spent on those components. In order to receive credit a course must indicate a minimum of 15 clock hours focused on birth to age 3 age range.