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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program

Now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Deadline to apply: Jan. 15.

Our certificate program prepares students and professionals to address the socioemotional and mental health needs of young children and their families. Take courses for academic credit or continuing education units.

In our program:

  • Enhance your understanding of infant and early childhood mental health.
  • Acquire the skills needed to support the social-emotional development of young children ages birth to five.
  • Study with researchers and field faculty from clinical and community-based settings.
  • Learn how to turn infant and early childhood mental health theory into practice.

Our theoretical approach

Our program is founded on a set of core theoretical principles of infant and early childhood development and mental health practice: that all work with children, families, and the individuals who work with them should be relationship-based, culturally sensitive, grounded in an understanding of developmental theory and research, and supported by reflective practice.


Our program helps individuals advance their careers in a variety of fields that serve young children and their families. The program is ideal for individuals working in prevention and intervention in group or individual settings, program administration, or policy development.

This program does not train individuals to become licensed clinical professionals. It prepares practitioners to embed infant and early childhood mental health principles in their existing professional roles and practice settings.


The College of Education and Human Development is committed to every course contributing to our understanding of diversity, including but not limited to age, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, global perspectives, international background, learning differences, marital status, multicultural perspectives, national origin, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

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Why choose the University of Minnesota?

Founded in 1925, the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development is a premier center of scholarship, teaching and research. Study with award-winning faculty and be a part of a community devoted to understanding and supporting how children learn and grow.