Infant Toddler

Infant Toddler

Technical Certificate

This certificate is designed for early childhood teachers and directors working with infants and toddlers in early childhood programs or for those who want a deeper understanding of infant and toddler care and education. The certificate consists of four courses for a total of 12 credits. Individuals who complete this certificate are eligible to submit a portfolio of their competencies to The Registry; Wisconsin's Recognition System for the Child Care and Education Profession and apply for the Wisconsin Infant Toddler Professional Credential awarded by that agency. This certificate articulates with the Nicolet College Early Childhood Education Associate Degree.

Note: Students seeking to earn Infant Toddler Credential through the Wisconsin Registry need to take 10-307-181 ECE: Infant Toddler Capstone in lieu of 10-307-174 ECE: Practicum 1.

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Program Outline

Term 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1030715100 ECE Infant and Toddler Development

Students will study infant and toddler development as it applies to an early childhood education settings. Students will integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, analyze development of infants and toddlers (conception to three years), correlate prenatal conditions with development, summarize child development theories, analyze the role of heredity and the environment, examine research-based models, and examine culturally and developmentally appropriate environments for infants and toddlers.

1030717400 ECE Introductory Practicum

Students will learn about and apply the course competencies in an actual childcare setting. Students will document children's behavior, explore the standards for quality early childhood education, explore strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, implement activities developed by the co-op teacher/instructor, demonstrate professional behaviors, practice caregiving routines as curriculum, practice positive interpersonal skills with children and adults, analyze the guiding principles and the five developmental domains related to the WI Early Learning Standards, integrate the WI Early Learning Standards into the program's teaching cycle (ongoing assessment, planning and curriculum goals, and implementation), and evaluate learning and assessment activities using the early learning standards for each individual child. Prerequisite: 1030716700 ECE Health Safety and Nutrition (C or better).

Term 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1030716900 Infant and Toddler Group Care

Focuses on caring for infants and toddlers in group settings, both center-based and family child care. Material will cover program quality, philosophy, structure, environments, health and safety, developmentally appropriate practice, and inclusion/diversity issues. Prerequisite: 1030715100 ECE Infant and Toddler Development (C or better).

1030719500 ECE Family and Community Relationships

Examines the role of relationships with family and community in early childhood education. Students will implement strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives when working with families and community; analyze contemporary family patterns, trends, and relationships; utilize effective communication strategies; establish on-going relationships with families; advocate for children and families; and work collaboratively with community resources.


At A Glance

How You'll Learn


On Campus


Online Classes

Term Start Dates

Spring 2023: January 9 Summer 2023: May 8 Fall 2023: September 5

Start dates represent the beginning of a new term. Certain programs or courses may not be available to start every term. Please view the course schedules for a list of upcoming classes or contact the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.

Approximate Cost


*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Apply infant and toddler development theory to practice
  • Observe, record, and assess infant and toddler growth and development
  • Implement infant and toddler age developmentally appropriate curriculum supporting routines as a learning experience
  • Incorporate infant and toddler age developmentally appropriate guidance strategies, which support healthy identity and prevent discipline problems in advance
  • Integrate infant and toddler age-appropriate health, safety, and nutrition practices according to local, state, and national standards
  • Provide a respectful, diverse, and inclusive infant and toddler program
  • Use interpersonal skills to develop respectful and trusting relationships with infants, toddlers, and adults
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical standards
  • Complete a practical experience evaluation related to infant and toddler care
  • Complete a professional portfolio related to infant and toddler care

Your Potential Careers

  • Infant Toddler Teacher
  • Infant Toddler Teacher Assistant
  • Early Head Start Teacher Assistant

Median Annual Salary

$20,888 $22,332 $23,581
Local State National

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