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 offers two 9-week online courses, one 13-week online course, and one 3-week online course taught by experts in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. Each course includes self-directed and instructor-guided learning components. These and all of our online courses can also be taken as stand-alone courses. You do not need to pursue the credential to register.

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Prepare for endorsement

In addition to your education and work experience, the Credential coursework requirements meet the knowledge 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). If you live outside of Minnesota, please check the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health website for information about endorsement in your area.

While candidates are not required to receive Reflective Supervision/Consultation to earn the SESED Credential, we strongly recommend receiving Reflective Supervision/Consultation as best practice for any professional work with young children and families.

Individuals interested in earning Category II Endorsement in addition to the Credential must complete 24 hours of Reflective Supervision/Consultation with an IMH-endorsed provider. If you do not have access to an endorsed provider in your workplace, please visit the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health website for a complete list of endorsed providers nationally and internationally.

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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