Elizabeth Charlotte Miller Goodman, 70, who helped establish educational programs for handicapped children in Washington and who was the first principal of the Sharpe Health School, died March 9 at George Washington University Hospital after heart surgery.

Mrs. Goodman, a resident of Washington since 1935, was named the supervisor of the handicapped children's project of the Works Projects Administration in 1938. The agency ran the Visiting Instruction Corps, which provided schooling for Washington children who were bedridden. In 1940 and 1941, she headed the handicapped children's division in the old D.C. Welfare Department.

In 1941, she went to work for the D.C. public school system, where she continued to supervise the Visiting Instruction Corps. In 1958, she was named principal of the Sharpe Health School for the handicapped. A wing of the school has been named in her honor.

In 1966, Mrs. Goodman went to work for the old federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare. When she retired in 1974, she was an education program and research specialist in the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped.

Mrs. Goodman was born in Brookline, Mass. She graduated from Simmons College and also earned a master's degree in social work there.

She was a past president of Chapter 49 of the Council for Exceptional Children, a former chairman of the exceptional child committee of the D.C. Congress of the PTA, and a member of the American Public Health Association, the National Association of Social Workers and other organizations.

Her husband, Leo Goodman, died in 1982.

Survivors include three children, Lois Goodman of Atlanta, Judge Joan Churchill of Chevy Chase, and Dr. Maury C. Goodman of Warrenville, Ill., and eight grandchildren.