Prepare to Assess and Prevent Early Childhood Mental Health Challenges
- Finish in as Quick as 1 Year
- Learn From Expert Faculty
During the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong good mental health and well-being. Supporting and caring adults play a crucial role in fostering early development. Now, you can gain skills for early childhood education and health care careers focusing on positive socio-emotional development for the youngest children with the Graduate Certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health program from Arcadia University.
- Enter an emerging mental health specialty. Seeking this graduate certificate provides specialized expertise for assessing mental health in the youngest children.
- Gain hands-on experience. You will engage in a practicum for each online course, building expertise for careers in early childhood education.
- Succeed in your career. The online format offers flexibility for continuing to work in your current role while preparing for the next one.
Career Opportunities in Infant Toddler Mental Health
Lead Early Childhood Mental Health Assessments and Interventions
Anxiety affects nearly 10% of children who are three years old or older, increasing concerns about early childhood mental health.5 Additionally, an advanced study of infant mental health found that 14% of participants exhibited emotional regulation challenges during their first year.6 Scientific breakthroughs allow clinicians to analyze these problems, and you can prepare to address them with Arcadia’s Graduate Certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health program. Pursue this certificate online to gain expertise in leading mental health assessments and interventions in early childhood education and health care settings.
- A 2016 study found that 18% of infants exhibited three or more mental health challenges.6
- In 2021, the top 10% of preschool teacher salaries exceeded $58,000 per year.7
- Projections indicate that preschool and daycare administration employment could increase as much as 15% from 2020 to 2030.4
Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired
What You Will Learn
- Understand the developmental needs of infants and toddlers
- Conduct mental health assessments involving young children
- Develop research-based strategies to foster socio-emotional health in young children
- Consult with families and caregivers about ways to promote quality mental health
Skills You Will Gain
- Critical thinking
- Developmental assessment
- Mental health intervention
- Socio-economical development
Arcadia University provides ongoing guidance to put you on track for success in your online classes and career.
We can help you find placements through practicum connections with organizations in Pennsylvania and beyond.
Career Launchpad lets you access career advice, resources, and news in a single online hub.
Our small online classes provide valuable chances to engage faculty members with professional backgrounds and other students with similar career ambitions.
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- Infant Mental Health Specialist Salary. ZipRecruiter. Retrieved August 4, 2022, from https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Infant-Mental-Health-Specialist-Salary.
- Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant Jobs. ZipRecruiter. Retrieved August 4, 2022, from https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Jobs/Early-Childhood-Mental-Health-Consultant.
- Early Intervention Specialist Salary. ZipRecruiter. Retrieved August 4, 2022, from https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Early-Intervention-Specialist-Salary.
- Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare 11-9031.00. O*NET OnLine. Retrieved July 27, 2022, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9031.00.
- Data and Statistics on Children’s Mental Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved August 4, 2022, from https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/data.html.
- A New Measure for Infant Mental Health Screening: Development and Initial Validation. BMC Pediatrics. Retrieved August 4, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5134259/.
- Preschool Teachers: Pay. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved August 4, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm#tab-5.