Learn about the theoretical and empirical framework, curriculum and teaching principles of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a developmental, behavioral and relationship-based intervention program for infants and toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 12-48 months. Topics include:

  • Administering and completing a developmental assessment of children's skill levels
  • Developing individualized, developmentally appropriate teaching objectives
  • Implementing the ESDM teaching practices and fidelity system to evaluate technique use
  • Maintaining data management and addressing poor or limited child progress, when needed
Academic Units
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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This online workshop will begin on January 4 and end February 14. Enrollment Deadline: January 1, 2021. 

Additional course information will be emailed to you the week before the course opens.

Access to this online course will open the first scheduled day of the class and login information will be emailed that day or later for late enrollments. If you have not received your login information in the time-frame indicated, please visit our website for additional information on how to set up your password.

This is a self-paced, independent study, online course with pre-produced lessons and assessments. No instructor is assigned to the course. Move through the content at your own pace during the six-week period. Successful completion prepares you to apply for advanced study with the ESDM Training Program at UC Davis (

The mandatory text is to be read prior to the course opening.

For specific questions about ESDM or Advanced Workshop scheduling please see

Enrollment Policies

Requests to withdraw with a refund (less $30 processing fee) must be received before the course opens. Transfer requests to another course (with $30 processing fee) until January 22. If you have entered the online classroom, you are no longer eligible for a refund.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements.

Section Course Materials

Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist for Young Children with Autism Set of 15 Checklists, Each a 16-Page Two-Color


Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, and Engagement


An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn