Project INICIO

Master's/Licensure Specialization

Dr. Lillian Durán and Dr. Lauren Cycyk were recently awarded an Office of Special Education training grant titled, “Interdisciplinary Interventionists and Clinicians Improving Outcomes (INICIO).” Together they have developed a bilingual specialization in both the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) program and the Communication Disorders master’s degree program.

The program includes the EI/ECSE one-year licensure and MA degree program and the Communication Disorders two-year certification and MA degree program. Competencies include:

  • foundations in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)
  • typical and atypical development
  • birth to 5 assessment with emphasis on children who are dual language learners
  • family involvement
  • implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions
  • interdisciplinary collaboration
  • research
  • leadership

A total of 4-6 INICIO scholars will participate in this specialized training.

Courses include:

  • Foundations in EI/ECSE 
  • Family-Guided Early Intervention
  • Language Disorders in Young Children
  • Building On Opportunities for Student Teaching (BOOST) Planning 
  • Interdisciplinary Teaming 

INICIO scholars will also complete two field placements, one in the CDS young child lab with bilingual infants and toddlers and a second with preschoolers in a bilingual preschool program.

Funding Support

This project will provide 4 students with tuition assistance for 4 terms. If you are interested in supporting children and families who speak languages other than English and you want to become an early interventionist or early childhood special education teacher please contact:
Lillian Durán,

For more information visit Master's Licensure Student Funding.