The Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency for implementing Early Intervention in Massachusetts, under federal Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA charges participating states with providing evaluation/assessment, Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), service coordination and transition services to all eligible families. This federal law also requires that states participating in Part C maintain an infrastructure that monitors and supports an effective service system. One component of the legislation is a Comprehensive System for Personnel Development (CSPD), which describes a state’s responsibility to ensure the quality of personnel providing supports and services to families.

Since 1994, DPH has maintained a process for full certification of Early Intervention Specialists (CEIS). This system, and the competency indicators on which it is based, were reviewed and revised in 1997 through 2002, and again in 2008 through 2011.

Resources for EI programs and EI specialists:

  • Certification Tracking Form (PDF If you have trouble opening this form update to the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader)  This form is to be used by Program Directors to apply for Provisional Certification, Provisional Certification with Advanced Standing or Full Certification for an individual EI Specialist. This form is also used to apply for a different certification status for an individual EI Specialist.
  • Certification Database Change Form: This form is to be used by Program Directors to change the following data for an EI specialist who has already been awarded a certification status:
    • Name Change (documentation needed)
    • Hours of employment change
    • EI specialist no longer works at the program
  • PCAS Application and PCAS Instructions: This information and application is to be used by the student who successfully completes a program through a DPH-EI approved Higher Education program.
  • PCAS to CEIS Application and PCAS to CEIS Instructions: This information and application is to be used by the EI specialist after completing the requirements to apply for Full Certification.
  • Full Certification: Full certification is granted through the Department of Public Health after satisfactory completion of the EI certification process. Application must be completed by the end of 3 years of employment for those working 20 hours or more per week at one or more MDPH-certified EI program(s). Those working fewer than 20 hours per week are also encouraged to apply for full certification. (MA Operational Standards, V.A.c.)

    The "Certification for Early Intervention Specialists January 2012" manual comprises all information for the CEIS 2012 certification process. (CEIS 2012 reflects a revision that took place 2008-2012).