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Online Graduate Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Deadline to apply: March 16.

Our online 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 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.

All courses are online. Courses include:

  • CPSY 5501: Foundations in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health I (3 credits)
  • CPSY 5503: Development and Psychopathology in Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • CPSY 5506: Infant Observation Seminar I (1 credit)
  • CPSY 5508: Infant Observation Seminar II (1 credit)
  • CPSY 5511: Infant Observation Seminar III (1 credit)
  • CPSY 5513: Early Childhood Assessment (3 credits)
  • CPSY 5518: Prevention and Intervention in Early Childhood: Principles (3 credits)
  • CPSY 5521: Prevention and Intervention in Early Childhood: Practice (3 credits)
  • CPSY 5996: Field Experience in Applied Child and Adolescent Development (2 credits)

Learn more about the curriculum


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.

Prepare to pursue Endorsement

Our certificate program will provide you with the developmental science background, reflective practice experience, and professional guidance necessary to apply for Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® through the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health, Infant and Early Childhood Division.

Endorsement levels include:

  • Infant Family Specialist (Prevention/Early Intervention)
  • Infant Mental Health Specialist (Treatment/Intervention); and
  • Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical, Faculty, or Policy Leadership).


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.

How to apply


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Irving B. Harris Foundation Diversity Scholarship

The Irving B. Harris Foundation promotes infant and early childhood mental health through professional training and education. With their support, we offer diversity scholarships for underrepresented students and professionals. To apply for a scholarship, write a brief explanation of why you feel you would qualify and upload as part of your application.

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.