Infant/Toddler Mental Health

Degree Details


DEGREE TYPECertificate
LOCATION100% Online



Learn to support the emotional health and well being of infants, toddlers and their families in diverse settings.

In Portland State University's graduate certificate program in Infant/Toddler Mental Health, you'll join a community of professionals with advanced expertise in young children's mental and emotional well-being. This one year 20-credit program focuses on a relationship based approach to support families with young children.

Offered fully online to fit alongside your work schedule, the Infant/Toddler Mental Health certificate provides advanced training for professionals who are mental health, special education, child welfare, and social service providers; home visitors; teachers; childcare providers; and health care professionals. It is also appropriate for supervisors of these direct-service providers.

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You'll conduct in-depth study of the most current research and intervention practices related to infant mental health and toddler mental health, earning a graduate certificate from Portland State's nationally ranked College of Education located in Portland, Oregon.


The program emphasizes concrete knowledge and skills that will make you a more effective service provider and advocate for the mental health of young children. You'll enjoy rewarding opportunities to:

Become a better advocate for toddler and infant mental health with our online graduate certificate.

  • Learn in an interactive online environment. Portland State's online course platform fosters strong communities. You'll interact directly with classmates and faculty, building supportive relationships with peers.
  • Collaborate with other professionals. You'll learn alongside child mental health advocates from many fields, participating in an interdisciplinary community that enhances your team-building skills.
  • Gain practical knowledge. The program encourages reflective practice and includes an individualized professional project that allows you to apply classroom ideas in your workplace.
  • Work with expert instructors. You'll learn from seasoned practitioners who have distinguished careers in the field of infant/toddler mental health.

You can earn the online certificate in infant/toddler mental health in four quarters, or about a year. You'll earn 20 credits overall—five, three-credit courses, plus a five-credit independent field study.

What You'll Learn

The program provides a comprehensive, in-depth exploration of infant mental health and toddler mental health, covering subjects such as:

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  • Dynamics of infant and toddler development.
  • Protective factors in family environments.
  • Risk factors for mental health problems in family environments.
  • Social, emotional, and developmental difficulties of infants, toddlers, and their families.
  • Early screening and assessment.
  • Theories of treatment.
  • Home- and community-based intervention.
  • Diagnostic classification systems for mental health disorders in young children.
  • Collaborative service approaches.

Online Certificate: Infant/Toddler Mental Health Curriculum

Take all of the following courses (20 credits):

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  • CI 592 Dynamic Models of Infant/Toddler Development (3 credits)
  • COUN 597 Strengths, Risk Factors, and Disturbance in Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families (3 credits)
  • SPED 594 Assessment Methods and Classification in Infant Mental Health (3 credits)
  • SPED 595 Prevention and Intervention in Infant Mental Health (3 credits)
  • SPED 507 Professional Development in Infant Mental Health (5 credits)
  • COUN 520 Collaborative Partnerships to Support Infants and Toddlers (3 credits)

Top Careers for Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduates

Our graduates work in the following positions:

  • Special education teacher
  • Mental health therapist
  • Social worker
  • Home visitor
  • Preschool educator


There are scholarships available for the Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate.


Portland State's College of Education is the first educator preparation program in Oregon, the first on the West Coast, and one of the first 10 in the nation, to be fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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

For more information visit the Infant/Toddler Mental Health program website. 


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