Who Works for ECI?

ECI professionals work together with families to focus on ways the family can support their child's development within their everyday routines and activities. The licensed or credentialed professionals include:

  • Speech Language Pathologists (CCCs, CFYs, and SLPAs)
  • Occupational Therapists and Assistants
  • Physical Therapists and Assistants
  • Social Workers (Bachelor's, Master's and Clinical levels)
  • Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Psychological Associates
  • Dieticians
  • Early Intervention Specialists

ECI staff come from a variety of different background and disciplines. All ECI staff must maintain their specific license or credential in good standing in order to provide ECI services. Additionally, when hired, ECI staff must complete a comprehensive training program about the ECI process. All staff who provide services to children and families must complete a self assessment about their knowledge, skills and abilities and the Orientation to ECI before receiving a caseload. Each staff will also have an Individualized Professional Development Plan (IPDP) designed for them based on the results of their self assessment.

Early Intervention Specialists (EISs)

Because there is no specific degree or licensure for Early Intervention Specialists (EIS), ECI created its own credentialing system. There are currently over 1,000 EISs serving families in Texas ECI programs. EISs serve on ECI interdisciplinary teams for the eligibility determination process and for IFSP development. EISs are the recognized provider in Texas for Specialized Skills Training. If an EIS completes the Family Centered Case Management Module, he/she is also eligible to provide case management services as a Service Coordinator.

EISs earn their credential by completing specific training activities on their Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP). Once all of the training activities on the IPDP are completed, an EIS is awarded a certificate declaring his/her status as an EIS Professional. EISs must obtain 10 contact hours of Continuing Professional Education each year in order to maintain their credential. EISs must also complete 3 hours of ethics training every two years in addition to the 10 hours of CPE.

Who Can Become an EIS?

ECI employees or contract personnel are eligible to become an EIS with at least a bachelor’s degree in one of the following related areas:

  • Adaptive Physical Education (with or without teacher certification)
  • Child Development
  • Child Life
  • Communication Disorders
  • Family Studies
  • Health
  • Human Development
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitative Counseling/Rehabilitation Services
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education (with or without teacher certification)
  • or with a bachelor’s degree in any field and at least 18 hours of college credit directly related to early intervention.

The EIS applicant must also have 3 hours of college course credit in early childhood special education or early childhood development. Beginning 9/1/13, forty clock hours of continuing education in early childhood development or early childhood special education completed within five years prior to employment with ECI may substitute for the three hour semester course credit requirement in early childhood development or early childhood special education.

The ECI State Office contracts with 49 local agencies who hire staff to provide early intervention services. Applicants may contact their local ECI program to inquire about job opportunities. Find the contact information for ECI programs in your area at: Search Program

For more information about career opportunities in ECI, please email eci123@dars.state.tx.us

DARS Early Intervention State Office Positions

Job openings at the ECI State Office are posted at the HHSC Job Center.