Infant & Toddler Care Specialization

Strengthen your knowledge and skills in early childhood education with the Infant & Toddler Care Specialization. You will explore topics such as social-emotional development, effective activities and practices to promote language development, and discipline and behavior management in infants and toddlers to provide the highest quality of care. Find out more about the Infant & Toddler Care Specialization and enhance your online degree program today. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

Infant & Toddler Care Specialization for Undergraduate Degrees

Learn to provide quality care for infants and small children. You will contribute to the healthy growth of children by earning your specialization in Infant and Toddler Care. This undergraduate degree specialization consists of four (4), three (3) credit courses.

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Degrees Offering the Infant & Toddler Care Specialization

Undergraduate Infant & Toddler Care Specialization Courses

ECE 341 Social & Emotional Growth of Infants & Toddlers

3 Credits

Social-emotional development including the management of emotions and the ability to establish positive relationships with others will be covered in this course. Students will learn the important elements in a childcare setting that support healthy social, emotional, and behavioral adjustment in infants and toddlers. 

ECE 343 Quality Care Environments for Infants & Toddlers

3 Credits

Students will learn both theory and application of why and how to set up, arrange and change early childhood learning environments to effectively meet the developmental needs of very young children. The role of the teacher, the importance of the environment, design principles, health and safety will be covered in this course. 

ECE 345 Infant & Toddler Learning & Development

3 Credits

Emphasis will be placed on effective activities and practices to promote language development, cognitive development and motor skill development in young children. Sensory, music and movement development will also be covered in this course. Appropriate behavior teaching and coaching for infants, toddlers, and 2-year-olds will be discussed.

ECE 347 Culture, Family & Childcare

3 Credits

This course will increase the students expertise and understanding of all the components that must work together to create an effective childcare setting in which all children can thrive. Elements to be covered in the planning of a childcare environment include discipline and behavior management as well as consideration of the child’s developmental level, the family and cultural context.