Infant Care Specialist Certificate
The three-course certificate program will teach you the foundations of early child care, including: basic child development, health and safety, nutrition, and behavior management and discipline. The first course includes practical guidelines for child care and explores options for careers and vocations in early child care. You will learn the foundations of early childcare, including basic child development, health and safety, nutrition, and behavior management and discipline. The foundational application focuses on the identification of normative similarities and differences of intellectual, emotional, social, and physical theories at each developmental stage in early childhood. The fundamentals of family microsystems, family types, and the subsequent macrosystems are explored in order to design appropriate child care providing strategies.
As a career technical education course, the course has a competency-based focus across three key areas: knowledge, skills and abilities, and behaviors and characteristics. Practical guidelines for childcare and exploration of options for careers and vocations in early childcare are weaved into the competency themes including supporting child development, caseload management, accountability, communication, monitoring and enforcement, and leadership. You will gain a deeper understanding of the roles adults and caregivers in professional areas of service providing for the needs of infants and toddlers.
Upon critically assessing theoretical and practical research on appropriate elements of caregiving to facilitate decisions for a healthy environment designed for infants and toddlers, you will create a final project presentation at the end of the first course.
The second course is an introduction to topics common to childcare providers, including: licensing, record keeping and insurance; safety, facility preparation and regulations; illness and injury prevention; creative and enriching activities; communication with parents; and menu planning. You will learn practical guidelines for building and/or working in successful and nurturing childcare environments.
The third course is an interdisciplinary study of physical, social, emotional and intellectual development from birth to 12 months of age which includes: exploration of the impact of culture, atypical behavior and development, socialization techniques, interpersonal relationships of child and caregivers, and suitable environments for health and safety. For your final project, you will create a digital presentation to share, providing a thorough summary of a personalized infant care plan.
- Live face-to-face classes
- Collaborative project-based learning
- 24-hour tutoring
- Live counseling available
- 24-hr library services
- Career Counseling
- Professional development
- High quality professionally designed courses
- No textbook fees
Eligibility Restriction (Pre-Requisite)
- ESL Level 6 or equivalent
*California residents are eligible for no-cost courses and certificate programs. Please visit sdce.edu for more information.
San Diego Continuing Educationhttps://sdce.edu/unmudl
San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is the adult education division of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). As the largest provider of noncredit education in California, SDCE’s mission is to provide accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education and career training to adult students. SDCE has offered career training and other classes continuously for more than 100 years.
Founded in 1914 on the principles of inclusion and social justice, SDCE welcomes every immigrant, refugee and underserved population to fulfill educational goals. At SDCE, adult students find a fun and positive learning environment for every skill level. Students come from across 50 states and from 160 foreign countries, to learn in more than 70 free career training programs and in thousands of classes. In addition to a traditional schedule of fall, spring and summer semesters, many programs are offered online, allowing students to pursue higher education or career training while maintaining other responsibilities and active lives.
SDCE was one of the first community college continuing education institutions in California to meet the standards for independent accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.