Course Description

The early identification of young children with disabilities is dependent on a variety of information collection strategies such as screening, evaluation, and assessment of the physical, social, psychological, and behavioral aspects of development. Gathering Information to Determine Eligibility and to Program Plan examines the wide variety of strategies available to determine the developmental level of children; to plan intervention programs; and determine change over time. Working in partnership with families to determine family concerns, priorities, and resources is presented as the framework for the information gathering process. Topics include the development of formal and informal assessment techniques, the advantages and disadvantages of norm-referenced, criterion-referenced, and observational tests and tools, models of assessment, and report writing. This course also covers the specifics of the IFSP and IEP process and uses case illustrations to provoke questions and problem solving.

Course Objectives


At the end of the course, successful students will be able to:

  • Determine the developmental and functional status of infants, toddlers, and young children
  • Determine strengths and needs of children and families 
  • Use information collected to make informed decisions regarding eligibility for services under IDEA, Parts B & C; intervention planning; and outcome determination
  • Create a family-centered, culturally and linguistically competent plan containing relevant, participation-based outcomes



Course Registration

Enrollment in this course is restricted. Students must submit an application and be accepted into the Certificate in Early Intervention in order to register for this course.

Current Georgetown students must create an application using their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account.

Course Format

Gathering Information to Determine Eligibility and to Program Plan is an online course. Registered program participants must log in to Blackboard to access the course.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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