Waisman Center–WECP

Training & Research


In addition to providing a preschool program, WECP also serves as a training site for undergraduate students preparing for careers in several fields: early education (regular and special); speech therapy, and occupational therapy. Student teachers and therapists-to-be spend a semester working in a classroom with their respective WECP staff supervisors. In addition to those enrolled in a specific training program, there are typically one to three students completing internships as a way to gain experience working with young children and for career exploration. These are self-designed programs of study and include supervision and guidance from a WECP staff member. Typically students completing internships are majoring in Human Development & Family Studies or Rehabilitative Psychology and are planning to continue their studies in Graduate School.


From time to time, families are asked to allow their child to participate in a research project. The proposed projects are carefully reviewed for appropriateness and compliance with research standards by the University, the Waisman Center Clinical Translational Core, and WECP administration. Families make the ultimate decision as to their child's participation and may review all proposals. A bulletin board illustrating current research projects in WECP is located in the entrance area.

Last modified on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017