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Certification Programs

Infant/Toddler Certificate

The Infant/Toddler Certificate is a specialized curriculum designed for child care teachers and providers, Head Start teachers and WVU students who want to obtain this specific body of knowledge and who need specific written recognition for their ability to work with young children birth through three years of age. The specific body of knowledge in infancy and the toddler years satisfies new state and federal mandates that teachers of very young children must have formal recognition of their training with infants and toddlers to obtain and/or maintain employment. 

There are 19 hours in the Infant/Toddler Certificate program. This CDFS certificate incorporates the West Virginia core knowledge and core competencies and the West Virginia Early Standards Framework: Infant/Toddler in order to include the most recent requirements set forth by WV agencies responsible for the birth-three years. The certificate is free standing or can be taken with a degree program.

Required Courses

  1. CDFS 110 - Families Across the Life-Span. 3 Hr. Explores the physical, psychological, and cognitive developmental changes of individuals who are functioning in family systems that changes across the life span (offered fall, spring and summer).
  2. CDFS 211 - Infant Development. 4Hr. PR: CDFS 110. Developmental characteristics and environmental effects on the child during the prenatal period and the first two years with implications for guidance and care, includes practical experience working with children(offered fall, spring and summer).
  3. CDFS 430 - Best Practices in PreK Movement. 3 Hr. PR: CDFS 110. The course will prepare students to plan, develop and implement and appropriate structured movement program so children from infancy through five can be physically active and set the stage for life-long physical activity (includes a practicum) (offered fall, spring and summer).
  4. CDFS 431 - Infant Literacy and Language Development. 3 Hr. PR: CDFS 110, CDFS 211This is a course in infant and toddler language and literacy development. There will be a focus on the development of language and literacy within the home and the child care centers. Students will develop activities that will promote infant language and literacy development (offered each summer).
  5. CDFS 432 - Early Socio-emotional Growth and Development. 3Hr PR CDFS 110, CDFS 211.This is a course in infant and toddler social and emotional development. There will be a focus on the development of emotion and the development of relationship with caregivers and peers. Students will develop activities that will promote infant socio-emotional well being(Offered summer, fall).
  6. CDFS 491A - Professional Field Experience (Community Internship) 3 Hr. Prearranged experiential learning program to be planned, supervised and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development (offered spring and summer).

For additional information, contact:

Anita Garten
Phone: 304-293-2137

For additional information or to register for online courses, contact WVU Online & Extended Campus at (304) 293-2834 or 1-800-253-2762. 

Once courses are completed successfully - to obtain a printed certificate send transcript to: 
Melissa Workman, M.A. M.S.
506 Allen Hall
PO Box 6122
West Virginia University
Morgantown WV 26506-6122. 

Note: Please include name you want on your certificate and a mailing address.