Certificate in Infant-Toddler Mental Health Offered Online

By Purnell T. Cropper | September 28, 2010

Arcadia University now offers a 12-credit online Graduate Certificate in Infant-Toddler Mental Health.

The Infant-Toddler Mental Health online certificate program is suited particularly for professionals who are seeking additional expertise in the field of infant-toddler mental health and who represent a variety of fields, including early intervention, behavioral health, social work, foster care, early childhood mental health consulting, nurse consulting, occupational and physical therapy, speech and hearing therapy, and child care.

The program is designed to develop leaders in the field, support increased communication among professionals, caregivers and families, and train infant and toddler mental health professionals. Research supports prevention and intervention efforts to address mental and behavioral health issues in early childhood to reduce significant personal and social difficulties in later childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

The certificate program can be taken as a standalone professional development and skills-building program for those participants who do not have the time or the need for a full-time master’s degree. However, credits earned may be applied to a Master of Education degree. The certificate is a 12-credit part-time program, with four courses each requiring 20 practicum hours in a family or educational setting.

This certificate is offered fully online and can be completed within one calendar year.  The online certificate program provides an opportunity for students living and working in a variety of regions to train in the field via the Web. Courses may be taken from anywhere in the world. This is an asynchronous program, and students can log on at a time that is convenient to them to complete the coursework and 20-hour practicum requirement for each course. The practicum is to be completed in a family or educational setting and requires supervisor approval. Read more.