Early Childhood Education

The Mailman Segal Center for Human Development develops and implements educational and training programs for early childhood practitioners, autism specialists, and school administrators. It also provides consulting and training services to centers, schools and agencies, and produces publications for parents and educators.

In collaboration with other NSU centers and schools, the institute offers a range of academic programs, including the Child Developmental Associate (CDA) Credential, the Early Childhood Directors Credential, a master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in applied behavior analysis, a master of science degree in education with an autism endorsement (Florida, Nevada), and a doctoral degree in education with a specialization in autism. The institute also offers pre-service and in-service training programs including the state mandated 40-hour child care training courses and five-hour literacy training.

The institute’s Autism Consortium consults nationally, improving programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The consortium provides individualized training, consultation, and system support to school districts throughout the United States. Publications include Your Child at Play, the renowned, five-part series focusing on parent/child interactions from birth to eight years of age; In Time and With Love, a resource for parents with special needs infants; and ALL About Child Care and Early Education, a curriculum designed for the early childhood education classroom that teaches students about developmentally appropriate practices for children ages birth to five years old.