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Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate - Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the cost of the program?
A. Students in the program pay regular in-state Portland State University tuition. 2014-15 term tuition is $2,254, including distance fees, for five credits and admitted students are eligible to apply for financial aid. The 2015-16 tuition rates have not yet been set. We will update this once that information is available.

Q. Is there any scholarship money available?
A. There are currently scholarships available for Oregon mental health providers through the Oregon Health Authority. Apply for this at the same time as applying for the program.

Part-time and full-time students may be eligible for Financial Aid. Please visit the websites to determine eligibility requirements and view deadline dates.

Q. How often will students be required to come to the Portland State campus?
A. All courses are fully online and do not require the student to visit campus.

Q. Can the program be taken for noncredit or CEUs only?
A. That is not an option at this time.

Q. If I can't start in the fall, can I join the program at a later date?
A. While it is recommended that you start in the fall—and you can complete the program in the shortest amount of time if you do so—you are permitted to start during any term.

Q. Is there a final project?
A. A culminating project/e-portfolio is developed over the course of the program and is presented at the end.

Q. How will having this certificate improve my earning capability?
A. This Graduate Certificate indicates to your employer that you have concentrated, specialized training at the graduate level in the field of infant mental health for working with families with children from the prenatal period to 36 months of age. It is not a licensure or endorsement program. Oregon is in the process of adopting the Michigan competency program and this program will fulfill some or all of the educational requirements for this program. More information will be coming.