Supporting Early Social and Emotional Development Credential

Deeply rooted in attachment theory, our credential brings the science of development, the brain, relationships, and stress biology into understanding the early social and emotional needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and the adults who care for them.

In our program, learn and hone the skills of observation so that you’re equipped to assist a baby or young child and family facing challenges.

Our credential program uses the calendar year to offer three, 9-week online courses taught by experts in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. Each course includes self-directed and guided learning components. Our online courses can also be taken as stand-alone courses. You do not need to pursue the credential to register.

Program requirements

Prepare for endorsement

The credential coursework and reflective supervision/consultation requirements meet training requirements for Category I and II Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health (IMH-E®) through the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health – Infant and Early Childhood Program (MACMH-IEC).

In addition to your education and work experience, the coursework in this credential program will meet the knowledge requirements for Category I or II Endorsement.

Who should participate

Professionals in the following fields:

  • child care
  • child life
  • early education
  • early intervention/early childhood special education
  • home visiting
  • mental health
  • nursing
  • pediatrics
  • psychology
  • social work
  • teaching

Please note: this is not a clinical mental health training program. We define “infant mental health” as healthy social and emotional development.

For more information on graduate-level programs, please see the UMN Institute of Child Development’s online master’s program in applied child and adolescent development and online certificate program (for academic credit or professional development) in infant and early childhood mental health.

Not sure if this program is right for you? Contact us to learn more.

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