Specialist Degree in Early Care

Submission of applications:
Admission not allowed.

1 year (face to face and online study)

Credits: 30 ECTS

This specialist course in early care is one of the first of its kind, involving prestigious professionals from this field. It is designed specifically as a postgraduate program for teachers working in early childhood education since, in many cases, they find themselves working with children from 0 to 6 years old (the age range traditionally covered in early care) who present problems relating to development or other problems that would benefit from specific intervention in the classroom.


This course aims to rectify the lack of training available in this area, the importance of which is recognized by a wide range of education, medical and psychology professionals.

Who is it intended for?

Professionals in the educational, social and health care sectors: psychologists, teachers, educators, social workers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, doctors and other professionals interested in the field of speech and language therapy.

This is a postgraduate training program. It is therefore necessary to fulfill one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a Bachelor's Degree, Licentiate Degree or Diploma.
  • Have access to university study and documentary proof of at least three years' work experience in a related field.
  • Be currently enrolled on the final year of a degree program (in this case, the specialist course certificate will only be awarded after the student finishes this program and providing no more than two years have elapsed since completing these studies).


30 ECTS credits (300 hours)

Type of learning:

Face-to-face and online

To enroll in the course:

Enrollment can be done directly through the Fundación ICSE website.

  • To understand and use appropriate diagnostic assessment techniques for developmental delays in the 0-6 years old stage.
  • To understand and implement protocols for assessment using the family.
  • To identify risk factors in the 0-6 years old stage.
  • To understand and apply basic intervention techniques with children affected by disorders or 0-6 years old stage developmental delays.
  • To develop foundation programs for use in the 0-6 years old stage.
  • To develop the basic skills for family interventions.
  • Foundations of early intervention:
    • Historical evolution of early intervention.
    • Early attention from the viewpoint of different psychological schools.
    • Child development in children of 0-6 years old.
  • The assessment process:
    • Fundamentals of neuropsychology. Study of syndromes and diseases.
    • Fundamentals of pediatric neurology in early intervention. Perinatal risk factors.
    • Detecting warning signs: deviations from normal in the maturing process.
    • Relationship and test management.
    • Study of questionnaires for assessing the family context.
    • The report. Guidelines and steps for writing it.
  • Areas of intervention and techniques in early intervention:
    • Sensorimotor intervention. The physiotherapy approach in early intervention.
    • Intervention in language development. Food, prelinguistic behaviors and language development.
    • Psychomotor intervention in early intervention.
    • Perceptual-cognitive stimulation techniques.
    • Management and implementation of alternative and augmentative communication systems.
    • Intervention in emotional development and social competence. Autonomy habits and behavior modification.
    • Early intervention in the family context.
  • Intervention in specific pathologies:
    • Early intervention in visual and auditory sensory disabilities.
    • Intervention in emotional and behavioral disorders.
    • Early intervention in motor development disorders.
    • Early intervention in intellectual disability.
    • Early intervention in multiple disabilities: basal stimulation.
    • Early intervention in pervasive developmental disorders.
    • Early intervention in attention deficit disorders and hyperactivity.
    • Early intervention in language disorders.
    • Early intervention in children at social risk.
    • Early intervention in children with chronic diseases.
    • Early intervention in bonding problems.
  • Information and communications technology (ICT) in early intervention.
  • Case study analysis and development of personalized programs.
  • Emotional and creativity development in childhood.*
  • Internship: 40/50 hours.**

* Only for online learning.

** Only for face-to-face learning.

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