Certificate in Infant Family Studies

Successful completion of this certificate prepares students for work in the Early Childhood fields of Home Visiting and Early Intervention.  This certificate provides students with the coursework necessary to apply for the New Mexico Infant Family Studies certificate offered through the New Mexico Office of Child Development. Students will gain knowledge of working with infants, toddlers and families in a relationship-based practice. This certificate includes two field-based practicum classes in spring and fall.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to define and apply caregiving practices and programming that support the optimal development of all infants and toddlers using a team approach.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of and respect for the family’s role in the development of their infant and toddler within diversity of culture, community and ability.
  • Demonstrate ability to carry out responsibilities with infants and families in a professional manner and engage as member of the profession.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of child development in the context of primary relationships and in the domains of perceptual, motor, social, emotional, communication, adaptive, and cognitive growth for typically and atypically developing infants and toddlers.

Class Requirements

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (16 HRS.)

ECED 111 Child Growth and Development (3)
ECED 123  Infant Toddler Growth and Development (Prenatal to 3) (3)
ECED 124L   Infant Toddler Growth and Development Practicum (2)
ECED 125   Relationships and Reflective Practice in Infant Family Studies  (3)
ECED 126L  Relationships and Reflective Practice in Infant Family Studies Practicum  (2)
ECED 127  Principles and Practices in Infant Family Studies (3)