Build Your Future in Infant/Toddler

The Infant/Toddler Certificate is designed to educate caregivers for employment in programs serving infants and toddlers. In addition, it is recommended for Licensed Family Child Care Providers who care for very young children in their homes. Completion of this certificate will meet the State of California Title 22 requirements to teach infants and toddlers in a licensed facility. In many of the courses, students will study, observe and learn utilizing the Child Development Laboratory instructional Classrooms.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

• Know and understand the established as well as recent theories of child development.
• Recognize and challenge issues of bias that children, individuals and families experience.
• Analyze and think critically about the teacher’s comprehensive role in infant/toddler learning and development settings.
• Apply human development theory to observation and practice.

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Infant/Toddler Certificate

  • Apply online at
  • Apply for financial aid:
  • Take the online orientation
  • Take assessment exam
  • Meet with a Counselor
  • Update Personal info in My Gateway
  • Register for classes
  • Pay fees

Tom Chiaromonte, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair

Karin Pavelek, M.S., Professor

Jennifer Kinkel, M.A., Professor

Frequently Asked Questions

Certificate – Infant/Toddler

The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).

Costs may vary; please visit website for more information:

This can be completed in 2 semesters, depending on the amount of units taken.

Average Salary: $23,590 – $51,920
• Infant/Toddler Assistant Teacher
• Infant/Toddler Teacher
• Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher
• In-Home Day Care Provider

Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Early childhood education is important for a child’s short- and long-term intellectual and social development. More preschool teachers should be needed as a result of the increasing demand for early childhood education. In addition, the number of preschool-aged children is expected to increase; however, their share of the overall population should remain constant.

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Tom Chiaromonte, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair

Average Salary in this Field

$23,590 to

$51,920 Per Year

Careers in this Field

Infant/Toddler Assistant Teacher

In-Home Day Care Provider

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