The Infant and Toddler Certificate program specifically prepares graduates for meeting the specialized needs of children under age three. The individual will obtain a basic understanding of the developmental and care needs of young children and will learn how to create a nurturing environment in infant and toddler programs in order to meet the needs of young children and their families. Special needs and early intervention will also be addressed. All courses in the Infant and Toddler Care Certificate program can be applied toward the Associate Degree in Early Care and Education.
Job opportunities in this area are increasing because large numbers of infants and toddlers are enrolled in child care and federally funded programs. Job opportunities are available in Early Head Start and public and private child care programs.
Courses in the program are available during the day and evening. Students entering this program of study must furnish a copy of High School Diploma or GED Certificate. The T.E.A.C.H. South Carolina scholarship may be available for students already employed in child care. Students who complete ECD 101, Introduction to Early Childhood may be eligible for the South Carolina Early Childhood Credential.
Students who complete the Infant and Toddler Care Certificate may be eligible for the South Carolina Infant-Toddler Credential.
This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Education & Training.