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Certificate in Infant-Toddler Care

This certificate in Infant-Toddler Care is a voluntary professional development certificate designed for the student who works with infants and toddlers in a licensed center-based program or family day care program including teachers in Early Head Start or other publicly funded programs. This program of study provides infant/toddler teachers/care providers with the ability to attain a certificate that demonstrates they have the specialized knowledge and experience to promote positive outcomes for the infants and toddlers with whom they work.

Applicants must have at least one year's experience working with infants and toddlers in a licensed center-based or licensed family day care program and have a high school diploma or G.E.D or higher and evidence of current First Aid and CPR training (pediatric or infant/child).

Certificate Requirements:


12 cr

Infant/Toddler Growth and Development

3 cr

Early Language and Literacy Development

3 cr

ECE 261: Methods and Techniques for Infants/Toddlers

3 cr

ECE 176: Health, Safety and Nutrition

3 cr

Completion of all four courses (12 credits) or the equivalent will provide a foundation of practical and theoretical knowledge in all core competency areas for the optimal care and development of infants and toddlers. Credits can be met through coursework, standardized tests and/or other equivalent pathways.

Note: Applicants who have earned a CDA with Infant/Toddler Endorsement or Family Day Care Endorsement meet requirements for 6 credits applied to ECE 176: Health, Safety & Nutrition and  ECE 261:Methods & Techniques for Infants/Toddlers.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Certificate in Infant-Toddler Care will be able to:

  1. identify the developmental domains and explain their interrelationship with early learning and development;
  2. explain how infants and toddlers grow and develop socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively, in order to create realistic expectations and provide quality early learning experiences for infants and toddlers;
  3. identify how strong attachments are formed and why they are important;
  4. explain the progression of early language development in infants and toddlers and how to apply this knowledge to create optimal environments for language and literacy development in infants and toddlers;
  5. explain how to create environments that foster health and safety practices and understand the importance of good nutrition in the healthy development of infants and toddlers; and
  6. explain how to build relationships with families, work collaboratively with families, and value the family as the primary caregiver and educator of their young children.

For further information contact Maureen Hogan, Coordinator of Early Childhood and Youth Education Programs.

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