This career certificate is intended for use by professionals and paraprofessionals
working in the field of infant/toddler care in all settings, including center-based
care, family child care programs, and in community based programs that support
infant, toddlers and their families. By focusing on infant/toddler mental health
and social/emotional development as well as adding an intensive supervised field
work experience, candidates will increase knowledge and skills in caring for children
birth through 36 months of age.
Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate competence in building reciprocal and responsive relationships
with children and families.
• Understand the core principles of child development and recognize that
each area of development; social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and
communication depends upon and is influenced by the other.
• Recognize that a quality curriculum is the foundation of a quality program
and inclusive of children of all families, culture and abilities.
• Analyze the infant/toddler environment to ensure that it meets the need to
be family-centered and thoughtfully designed to meet the cultural, social,
emotional, physical and cognitive need of child.
• Demonstrate support of families by being aware of community resources and
by collaborating with other professionals.
• Knows and adheres to licensing and regulatory requirements.
Rowan College welcomes students seeking a post-secondary education. Admission to this program is open to high school graduates, GED (General Education Development) recipients or others who can benefit from the instruction offered. High school students may be considered for early admission or the High School Option program. Applications are accepted from residents of other New Jersey counties and other states and countries.
When you Graduate
Certificate programs provide specific career skills development as well as the
opportunity to test an area of interest, or enhance a degree program. Students who
complete a certificate program can continue to obtain a degree.
Infant/Toddler caregiver in childcare, Head Start, home day care setting.
The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.