Infant & Toddler Certificate

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester
ECE101R Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
ECE102R The Growth and Development of the Young Child 3 0 3
ECE208R Introduction to Infant Mental Health (pre- or co-req ECE102) 3 0 3
Spring Semester
ECE103R Health, Safety, and Nutrition For The Young child 3 0 3
ECE105R Children With Special Needs and Their Families
3 0 3
ECE200R Developmentally Appropriate Programs for Infants & Toddlers (pre-req ECE 102) 3 0 3

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses.

*Permission of Program Director

Infant & Toddler Certificate

For more information, please contact Kerry Belknap Morris, Early Childhood Education Program Director, at or 603-542-7744, extension 5411.

River Valley Community College will launch an Infant & Toddler Certificate this fall.  This new option within the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program focuses on young children, birth to age 3 years and their families.  The certificate is an 18-credit program of study comprised of six courses.  The program is designed to provide individuals with knowledge and skills in this specialized area of early childhood education.  Key topics of study will include:  relationships with families, safe and developmentally appropriate environments, promotion of optimal child outcomes, observation & documentation, inclusion, and diversity.
Building and expanding a strong infant and toddler workforce is a priority for New Hampshire.  Initiatives from several state agencies and groups, including the NH Child Development Bureau and Spark NH, the state’s early childhood advisory council, emphasize the need for high quality infant and toddler care.  These state-wide trends, along with feedback from area employers and the ECE Program’s Advisory Committee, led River Valley to develop the new certificate.
The Infant & Toddler Certificate will feature an Introduction to Infant Mental Health course.  Students will study how children, aged birth to 3 years, develop socially and emotionally.  How this area impacts all other aspects of development and evidence-based practices early childhood educators can utilize in their work will also be explored.

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