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Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate - Admissions

Applicants to the graduate certificate in Infant/Toddler Mental Health are evaluated on the basis of their academic background, practical experience in the field, and personal qualifications appropriate for effective application of the program studies.

The program begins fall term. Applications are open beginning January 2016 and are due April 1st.

Admission requirements: Prerequisites for admission are a master's degree in a related field or a bachelor's degree with experience working with young children and their families.

Application process

Applications open January 2016. We’ve simplified our process - by submitting a single application in our new College Net application system you will be considered for admission to your program as well as to Portland State University. This new web based application system will allow you to input your personal information, upload materials, and track your application status from any online location. See application requirements below for more information.

  1. Online Application: Create an account and complete the PSU application for graduate admission and submit $65 application fee. Note: Only one application is needed to apply to both your program of your choice and PSU.
  2. Submit a current resume
  3. Writing sample. This is in addition to the question that is posted within the application. Click on the link to directions for the writing sample. Submit this writing sample via email to
  4. Unofficial transcripts are required for all institutions attended as part of the application process. Please upload copies of your unofficial transcripts into the appropriate section of the online application. Please review what constitutes an unofficial transcript.
    Note: Once admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to enrollment.
    Former PSU students do not need to submit transcripts that are already on file. Please use the PSU Transcript Request Form to notify the admissions team to pull your previous records. You will need to upload this completed form in lieu of uploading unofficial transcripts. You will find instructions for submitting your references and transcripts to the program in the online application.
  5. Two references. One form should be from a supervisor who is acquainted with your practical experience in the field. Both forms should speak to your professional qualifications.

Technical requirements to complete these courses: This is a fully online program and you will need:

  • Proficiency using a computer and common computer software (such as web browsers, word processors, spreadsheet applications, and media players). These skills should be obtained prior to registering for an online course. You may do this by taking an Introduction to Computers class at Portland State University or some other institution or by asking a friend or family member who is familiar with computers to help you learn these skills.
  • To use the PSU e-mail, Banweb systems, and PSU Odin account information which will be provided once you submit your completed application.
  • Unrestricted access to a personal computer (Windows or Mac)
  • Reliable connection to the Internet (high-speed highly recommended)
  • Current version of a Web browser installed on the computer


The cost for the program follows graduate tuition fees. Based on 2015-16 tuition rates, the program cost would be between $2,300-2,400 per term for five credits including the distance education fee. The total cost of the program is approximately $9,200*. These fees do not include the cost for the course reading materials.

*Tuition and fee rates are determined by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and are subject to change.

*PSU charges a one-time mandatory matriculation fee of $325.00 (charged on the first term of graduate admissions) for all new and transfer graduate students, which is not included in the tuition and fees listed above. Previous PSU students will not receive this charge.

ITMH scholarship opportunity

Apply for this scholarship when you apply for the program.

The Addictions and Mental Health division of the Oregon Health Authority, in partnership with Portland State University’s Department of Continuing Education/Graduate School of Education, is offering ten scholarships for full tuition for the Graduate Certificate in Infant/Toddler Mental Health. Applicants must meet the following requirements.

Preference will be given to:

  • Mental health providers (therapists/clinical social workers) in an Oregon agency serving Medicaid-eligible families of children 0-5
  • Applicants with bicultural/bilingual experience
  • Those serving in Oregon rural communities

Recipients will agree to continue to be employed in an Oregon agency serving Medicaid-eligible families of children 0-5 for at least one year following completion of the program.*

Scholarship includes tuition (including Introduction to ITMH, offered summer term), matriculation fee, and books for the Graduate Certificate in Infant/Toddler Mental Health.

*If Recipients leave their employment at an Oregon agency serving Medicaid-eligible families of children 0-5 prior to one year following completion of the program, they are subject to having to repay the scholarship. 

Application process:

Complete the scholarship application form and submit an essay in response to the following question.

Essay question:

Describe the underserved population with which you would like to work, and explain how completing this educational program will improve your ability to provide appropriate services to children and families. 

For more information, contact Marion Sharp, at