Infant and Toddler Specialization

The Infant and Toddler Specialization certificate represents a composite of child development knowledge, skills, and responsibilities integral to working with children ages zero to three. Specific courses emphasize a responsive approach to the care and education of infants and toddlers in center-based programs and family child care homes. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Identify the patterns of development for children ages zero to three in the areas of the physical, cognitive and psychosocial domains.
  • Understand and implement health and safety practices in environmental concerns and in individual child cleansing and feeding routines.
  • Create and maintain an environment of care and learning specific to young infants and newly mobile children.
  • Select equipment and materials conducive to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs of infants and toddlers.
  • Plan and implement a curriculum based on a blend of routine and play activities.
  • Use observation to assess child development, curriculum success, and environmental standards of quality, and then implement program adjustments based on assessment outcomes. 
Required Courses (12 units)  Units
EAR-20 Child Development 3
EAR-33 Infant and Toddler Development 3
EAR-34 Infant and Toddler Care and Education 3
EAR-35 Practicum in Infant and Toddler Care 3

This Program Pathway will allow a full-time student to complete this program in 4-6 months. For students who require a part time pathway, please see a counselor for more information.