Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Early Childhood Project: A Joint Training Program

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about an interdisciplinary training program in school psychology that includes a collaboration with early childhood education.
  2. understand the training activities, shared coursework, and fieldwork experiences involved in preparing school psychology students with expertise in early childhood.
  3. learn how to support school psychologists in developing expertise in early childhood as well as culturally and linguistically diverse children and families.


This conceptual paper describes the Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Early Childhood Project (ICEP), a training program housed within a college of education in an urban public university. The goal of ICEP is to train graduate students in assessment, consultation, and collaboration through shared coursework and field experiences. Faculty from two graduate programs (school psychology and early childhood) train graduate students to serve infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children with disabilities who have high needs.



Tracy L. Paskiewicz, University of Massachusetts Boston
Melissa Pearrow, University of Massachusetts Boston
Serra Acar, University of Massachusetts Boston


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