The primary function of the CDC is to provide an academic setting for the instruction of undergraduate and graduate students in the ABS Department. Each semester, undergraduate students in the Early Childhood Education program participate in supervised practicum experiences and work directly with the children. They act as classroom teachers under the supervision of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), two Assistant Program Coordinators, a Program Coordinator (who is in charge of the day-to-day operation of the classrooms), and faculty members in the ABS Department. Students are observed and receive continuous instruction and feedback to foster their development of critical skills and competence as teachers and/or intervention therapists.
Within this academic setting our mission is threefold and includes training, research, and service.
- Training: The CDC recognizes the value of high-quality professionals and is dedicated to providing excellent training for both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing education in the field of behavior analysis and early intervention.
- Research: The CDC values continued discovery of the best methods for providing intervention and education to persons with and without developmental disabilities through research which will be disseminated through peer-reviewed publication and national presentations.
- Service: The CDC aims to provide evidence-based education, and also individualized intervention for children with and without developmental disabilities. Children and their families in the CDC receive the benefits of participating in enriched early intervention programs that utilize empirically sound and effective procedures and instructional techniques. The goal is for children who attend our program to acquire the skills necessary for inclusion in public schools, independent living, and development of meaningful social relationships.