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Counseling & Applied Educational Psychology

Early Intervention (Certificate)

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Program Overview

Dr. Lifter is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston. She currently is serving as acting chairperson of the department. She also directs the Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Early Intervention. She conducts both descriptive and intervention studies on the play, language, and social development of young children with and without disabilities, bridging cognitive and behavioral theories. She is Principal Investigator of Project Play, which is a four-year project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Special Education Research, U.S. Department of Education. The objectives of the project are to validate the Developmental Play Assessment, which she and colleagues developed, and to create and validate a user-friendly version for practitioners along with an online training program. She serves on state and national committees regarding early intervention, and on the editorial boards for the Journal in Early Intervention, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Young Exceptional Children, and Infants & Young Children.


The program of study consists of four courses and a practicum, which are integrated, as much as possible, within the curriculum of a student's specific degree program. All academic courses are offered in a hybrid format that combines online learning with four classroom meetings per semester. Because the program is interdisciplinary, scheduling of courses is done in such a way as to make it available to as many programs as possible. View sample Program of Study.

Experiential Learning

The practicum requires 300 hours of field experience in a MA DPH certified EI program. Field training usually takes place over two semesters, unless it is embedded into one semester of a discipline-specific degree program.

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Karin Lifter, PhD Program Director
424 Int'l Village
Tel: 617.373.5916
Fax: 617.373.8892

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