Certificate in Infant-Toddler Care

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This certificate in Infant-Toddler Care is a 12-credit certificate for students who do not have previous credits in infant/toddler care.

It is designed for students who work with infants and toddlers in a licensed center-based program or family childcare programs including teachers in Early Head Start or other federally or state-funded programs who would like to learn more about infant toddler growth and development as well as curriculum methods. This program of study provides infant/toddler teachers/care providers with opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of how infants and toddlers develop and learn.

Applicants must have at least a high school diploma or G.E.D. They will also need to acquire one year of experience in working with infants and toddlers in a licensed center-based or licensed family day care program and provide evidence of current First Aid and CPR training (pediatric or infant/child) prior to earning the certificate.

This Certificate program requires students to earn 12 credits in infant and toddler care. All credits must be earned at Charter Oak State College through either credit-based courses or Pathways exams. The only exception to this requirement is when students became matriculated into Charter Oak State College degree program and add on the certificate to an existing degree program. In this instance, transfer credits may be accepted.

The four courses provide a foundation of practical and theoretical knowledge in all core competency areas for the optimal care and development of infants and toddlers. Core competency areas relate to the standards expected for caregivers of infants and toddler to know and understand (Child Growth and Development (NAEYC Standard 1), Health, Safety and Nutrition, and Methods for Teaching Infants and Toddlers (NAEYC Standards 2, 3, 4, 5). Courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Students who have earned a CDA in Infant/Toddler Care may have the CDA accepted to meet the experience requirements. The CDA may not be used to meet course equivalencies for any courses that are part of the certificate.

Students enrolling in the Infant/Toddler Certificate Program will have one year from the date of application to earn the certificate.

For further information contact Maureen Hogan, Director, Early Childhood Education.

NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children

  • ECE 176: Health, Safety and Nutrition

    3 credits
  • ECE 231: Early Language and Literacy Development

    3 credits
  • Infant/Toddler Growth and Development
    ECE 247: Child Development: Birth to Eight

    3 credits
  • ECE 261: Methods and Techniques for Infants/Toddlers

    3 credits
  • Total

    12 credits

Outcomes & Pathways

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.

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