Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate
Portland State University

Program Details

Examine how best to support the emotional health and wellbeing of young children and their families in diverse situations with a Graduate Certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health. This program from Portland State University focuses on a relationship-based approach to support parents and children.

This human services certificate program is ideal for professionals working in mental health, special education, child welfare, social service, teaching, childcare, and healthcare. Students will study the most current research and interventions to become more effective service providers and advocates for young children. The program includes an individualized professional project to allow students to apply classroom knowledge to their workplace.

Subjects covered in this program include:

  • Dynamics of infant and toddler development
  • Risk factors for mental health problems in family environments
  • Early screening and assessment
  • Home and community based intervention
  • Social, emotional, and developmental issues in infants, toddlers, and their families
  • Diagnostic classification systems for mental health disorders of young children


  • Must hold a master’s degree in a related field or a bachelor’s degree with experience working with children and families
  • Transcripts

School Accreditation Statement

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities