Designed especially for working professionals, Ball State’s undergraduate infant and toddler certificate provides a specialized credential for those working with children from birth through age 3.

We offer one of the few all-online certificates for infant and toddler education in the nation. It is especially meaningful for those currently employed in Early Head Start or other early childcare settings. The program is also relevant to administrators, developmental therapists, and home visitors.

You can enroll in this 18-credit program if you have a high school diploma or equivalent, or if you hold or are working toward a two- or four-year degree. You will need to meet Ball State’s admissions requirements.

Meeting Federal and Indiana Required Competencies

Our infant/toddler certificate will meet the current educational requirements that Early Head Start teachers earn 18 credits of training in infant/toddler development. Typically, quality childcare organizations across the nation have followed the leadership of the federally funded Early Head Start program. Many of these organizations have already added specific infant and toddler requirements for their staffs.

The certificate’s courses have been coordinated with the Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning and are aligned with the Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies as defined by the Indiana Professional Development Network for educators working with children from birth through age 3.

In addition, our infant/toddler certificate coursework is aligned with the competencies you need to earn the Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E)®, Infant Family Associate (Category I) or Infant Family Specialist (Category II). Earning the endorsement involves preparation of an online portfolio that documents you have received training and that you demonstrate professional skills in working with infants and toddlers in areas of social emotional development. It is useful for both classroom teachers and developmental therapists.

Please note that the Category II endorsement requires a bachelor’s degree and 24 hours of reflective supervision. You may visit for more information about the endorsement.

Other Program Benefits

  • Finish in one year. Classes are offered each semester, so earning this credential may be closer than you think.
  • A strategic advantage to your career. Current research continues to strengthen our understanding that experiences and events in the first three years of a child’s life have a lasting impact on future social and academic success. So, professionals who are especially trained in the techniques of helping infants and toddlers learn and thrive are better positioned professionally for advancement within the field.
  • Competitive tuition and incredible scholarship opportunities. Ball State offers one of higher education’s best values with quality online programs recognized by many in combination with competitively priced tuition. Plus, if you are actively working in an Indiana-based child care program, you may qualify for a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship that can cover 80 percent of your tuition and textbooks.
  • A credential with weight. Our course work is rigorous and our students are highly desired because of the solid foundation they bring to the workplace.
  • Pairs well with other related majors. While this certificate can be a stand-alone credential, it also can enrich a number of other degree programs.

Delivery Method

Our program is offered 100 percent online, allowing you tremendous flexibility. You will have weekly assignments, but you can complete the coursework at the time and place most convenient for you.

Academic Advisor

Kresha Warnock, Program Director and Instructor
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Take the Next Step

Request more information if you would like to learn more and be connected with the advisor. Or, apply today.

This certificate program is offered by our Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, home to Ball State's family studies programs, whose coursework is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).