Definition and Indicators for Professionalism:

Follows all IDEA and professional discipline policies, advocacy guidelines, ethics codes, and practice standards for early childhood intervention.

  • Demonstrates ethical decision making and professional behavior.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of one’s own discipline-specific practice standards and guidelines.
  • Demonstrates awareness of other discipline’s practice standards and guidelines for early childhood intervention.
  • Learns from, with, and about all team members within an interprofessional collaborative practice framework.
  • Uses self-reflection and professional development to stay current in evidenced based disciplinary and interdisciplinary practices.
  • Uses collaborative consultation practices when working with service providers and families.
  • Mentors, teaches and provides performance feedback and reflective supervision to other service providers.
  • Demonstrates disciplinary and interdisciplinary leadership skills during service delivery, program administration, and systems level work.
  • Advocates at the local, state and national levels for high quality, timely, and effective early childhood intervention services to improve outcomes for children and families.


Case studies illustrate the cross disciplinary competencies and are for use by Higher Education faculty and Professional development staff.

Case Study: Professionalism