Infant/Toddler Education

August 15, 2018
Next Start Date
$356 | $969
Residents | Non-Residents Cost Per Credit Hour


The Infant/Toddler Certificate is a specialized curriculum designed for child care teachers and providers, Head Start teachers and WVU students who want to obtain this specific body of knowledge and who need specific written recognition for their ability to work with young children birth through three years of age. The specific body of knowledge in infancy and the toddler years satisfies new state and federal mandates that teachers of very young children must have formal recognition of their training with infants and toddlers to obtain and/or maintain employment. There are 19 hours in the Infant/Toddler Certificate program. This CDFS certificate incorporates the West Virginia core knowledge and core competencies and the West Virginia Early Standards Framework: Infant/Toddler in order to include the most recent requirements set forth by WV agencies responsible for the birth-three years. The certificate is free standing or can be taken with a degree program.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. West Virginia University's Professional Education Preparation Unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). That Unit includes undergraduate and graduate preparation programs for licensure of teachers and those in educational support areas. This includes programs not only in College of Education and Human Services, but also several which are outside the College (Agriculture, Art, Health, Music and Physical Education).


Applicants should have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must complete the online application and submit official transcripts for all previous institutions they attended or their official high school transcript if fewer than 20 college credits completed. They must also submit a professional resume and a typed personal statement that answers the following questions (minimum of 300 words):

  • What has led you to pursue this undergraduate degree?
  • What are your long-term personal and professional goals?

Application Requirements

  • Apply with the online Undergraduate Application
  • Pay undergraduate application fee
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU), or high school transcripts if fewer than 20 college credits and send to:
    WVU Office of Admissions
    PO Box 6009
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6009


Residents Non-Residents
Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2017-2018


Per Credit Hour


Per Credit Hour


Course Requirements:


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The curriculum consists of the following courses:

CDFS 110 Families Across the Life-Span

Explores the physical, psychological, and cognitive developmental changes of individuals who are functioning in family systems that change across the life span. (This is a requirement for anyone taking CDFS courses/programs)
CDFS 211 Infant Development

Prerequisite CDFS 110
Developmental characteristics and environmental effects on the child during the prenatal period and the first two years with implications for guidance and care, includes practical experience working with children.
CDFS 430 Best Practices in PreK Movement

Prerequisite CDFS 110
The course will prepare students to plan, develop and implement and appropriate structured movement program so children from infancy through five can be physically active and set the stage for lifelong physical activity (includes a practicum).
CDFS 431 Infant Literacy and Language Development

Prerequisite CDFS 110, CDFS 211
This is a course in infant and toddler language and literacy development. There will be a focus on the development of language and literacy within the home and the childcare centers. Students will develop activities that will promote infant language and literacy development.
CDFS 432 Early Socio-emotional Growth and Development

Prerequisite CDFS 110, CDFS 211
This is a course in infant and toddler social and emotional development. There will be a focus on the development of emotion and the development of relationship with caregivers and peers. Students will develop activities that will promote infant socio-emotional well being.
CDFS 491A Professional Field Experience – Infant, toddler(Community Internship)

Prearranged experiential learning program to be planned, supervised and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

For additional information contact Nancy Wolfe-Dilgard, CDFS Online Coordinator at 293-3345 or To register for online courses, contact WVU Online at 1-800-2Learn2 or email


Once courses are completed successfully - to obtain a certificate send transcript to: Bobbie Gibson Warash, Ed.D, 507 Allen Hall, PO Box 6122, WVU, Morgantown WV 26506-6122. Include name you want on your certificate and a mailing address.


International students will not be eligible for an I-20 student visa form from West Virginia University for this program.

Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Infant/Toddler Education degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.


Kindergarten Teacher

Growth: 5-8%

Education Administrator

Growth: 5-8%

Childcare Worker

Growth: 5-8%

Special Education Teacher

Growth: 5-8%

Education Administrator

Growth: 9-13%

Health Educator

Growth: 9-13%

Educational Counselor

Growth: 5-8%
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).