Infant and Toddler Care

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Care covers the planning and implementing of infant and toddler programs in group care settings. You’ll look at topics such as infant and toddler developmental milestones, abnormal development and disease, parenting, and family dynamics. This concentrated, 6-course program is intended for undergraduate students who wish to further their knowledge in infant and toddler care without committing to a degree program.

Note: Completion of this certificate does not qualify you to apply for teaching licensure.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online undergraduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Childhood educational development
  • Internal and external family dynamics
  • Age-appropriate learning exercises
  • Infant and toddler development and program planning
  • Special needs students
  • Intercultural communications
  • Observation techniques for viewing developmental milestones

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Identify cognitive, physical, social, and emotional changes that occur in early childhood.
  • Explore the relationship between a child’s development and interactions with parents, siblings, peers, and teachers.
  • Examine the fundamentals of infant and toddler development, including planning and implementation of programs in daycare.
  • Develop knowledge of formal and informal methods of gathering data on young children.
  • Apply interpersonal, group, and presentational communication skills that are applicable in personal and professional cross-cultural environments.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.