Graduate Certificate Online Program Infant/Toddler Mental Health

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Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate Overview

The Infant/Toddler Mental Health (ITMH) graduate certificate is a fully online, 20-credit program designed for service providers who work with families with children age prenatal to 3 years old. Early childhood and early intervention educators, mental health, health care, social services, social workers, and counselors as well as home visitors and childcare providers will benefit from the interdisciplinary and relationship-based approach of the ITMH program. Our instructional team is composed of faculty from the fields of psychology, special education, and counseling and highlights the most current research and interventions throughout ITMH coursework.

Degree Details

  • GC
    Graduate Certificate
    Delivery Method
    Total Credits
    Start Term
    Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Fall 2023

Learn more about PSU’s academic program delivery methods.

Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate: Why PSU?

Infant Toddler Mental Health is a growing field of practice that blends coursework to address the strengths and risk factors of children 0-3 and their families. Established in 2003, the ITMH program at PSU is one of the oldest in the country. Program participants come from urban and rural areas and from across the United States and Internationally to study with faculty who practice in the field of Infant Mental Health. Designed for the working professional, faculty support, and challenges students to apply their learning to their current and future work. Cohorts develop relationships that continue beyond the program, creating networks for change.

We understand online learning. We are in our second decade of working with students in online environments. All cohorts start with an online Orientation to learn how to navigate the software and to make connections with others. Our faculty and advisor support your success as a graduate student with a 95% graduation rate. We view education and experience as intertwined with classes building on a collaborative learning model. Please let us know what we can do to support you in your vital work with young children and families.

What can I do with a graduate certificate in Infant/Toddler Mental Health?

Graduates of the ITMH graduate certificate work across disciplines in ITMH focused on supporting families, advocating for policy, and engaging in their communities making lasting change by leading in the field of infant/toddler mental health.

Advising and scholarships

Visit our ITMH Scholarship Website to learn more about opportunities.

Featured Courses

  • ECED 585 Dynamic Models of Infant/Toddler Development
  • COUN 597 Strengths, Risk Factors, and Disturbance in Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families
  • SPED 594 Assessment Methods and Classification in Infant Mental Health
  • SPED 595 Prevention and Intervention in Infant Mental Health
  • COUN 520 Collaborative Partnerships to Support Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families
  • SPED 507 Professional Development in Infant Mental Health


20-credit graduate certificate. There are no electives in the program.


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).