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Campus
Duration
2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
School
Early Childhood Education

About the Program

This eight-month graduate certificate program provides you with additional training and skills to enhance your current career and open up new opportunities.  As a student in this program, you will study infant and children’s mental health, family dynamics, community mental health, therapeutic approaches and crisis intervention.  You will also acquire the skills, knowledge and judgement to make a positive contribution to the positive mental health of infants, children and families.

There is a robust body of research and literature on early childhood development, including early mental health. A certificate in infant mental health will increase your knowledge and skills to work with vulnerable young children and their families.

Work Experience

Field Placement

During this program you will complete a mandatory field placement in either your first or second semester. Prior to beginning your field placement, you will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Police Check, an up to date medical form, and Standard First Aid and CPR. The documents will be validated by a third party.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options within:

  • Child protection agencies
  • Early intervention

  • Children’s mental health 

  • Child welfare

  • Infant development

  • Family support

  • Settlement programs

Related Careers

Skills

Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Practical applications of current research

  • Understanding of risk and protective factors 

  • Early intervention applications