Earn a Graduate Certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health
The certificate in Infant-Toddler Mental Health is a 12-credit part-time interdisciplinary Arcadia University Graduate Certificate, with four courses each requiring 20 practicum hours. This certificate is offered in an online and/or in a hybrid (online with few face-to-face meetings) format. The certificate can be completed within one academic year (August to May). New cohorts start every Fall for those interested in the stand-alone Infant Toddler Mental Health Certificate.
The program is designed to develop practitioner-leaders who have advanced training in working with infants and toddlers and their families. The certificate program supports healthy socio-emotional development, 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.
Who is this program designed for?
This program is designed for mental health, special education, child welfare, and social service providers; childcare providers; home visitors; teachers; and health care professionals. It is also suitable for directors of early childhood education centers and other supervisors of these direct-service providers. This certificate program uses in-class and field-based learning to develop expertise in promoting infant-toddler mental health.
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 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. A 20-hour practicum is required for each course. The practicum requires supervisor approval.
For the certificate program, students will need access to high-speed Internet. The courses are highly interactive and make use of electronic resources that require Flash software. Students also may need a webcam for audio/visual recordings and presentations. Software and hardware requirements are identified at the start of each course.
In partner with Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA), T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Pennsylvania, and The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Arcadia collaborates to offer scholarships or tuition assistance to early care and education professionals in our community.