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Program Overview

Infant and Toddler Specialization, College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.)

The Infant / Toddler Specialization certificate is designed for students who are interested in working with children from birth-age 2. Students will gain an understanding of how to work with this unique population of children.  Infants and toddlers are developing very quickly and the student will learn how to create a developmentally appropriate classroom to accommodate children’s growing independence while still providing the support they need.  Students will also be eligible for the DCF Staff Credential upon completion of the program.

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Florida Gateway College Online

Testing Entrance Requirements

Students must demonstrate competence in reading, math, or language through placement examination or by passing the appropriate reading, math or language courses, if not exempt by state board of education rule 6A-10.0315. A student who does not achieve minimum scores will be required to take developmental educations classes in English, math, reading, and SLS 1501 the College Experience.


Classes are delivered online.


  • Tuition: $1,239.84 (up to an additional $120.00 for online fees)
  • Lab fees: $40.00
  • Textbooks: $242.75




Job Placement Rate


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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Salaries start at $11.65 per hour.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program have successful career outlooks, including becoming a teacher to infants or toddlers.

Employers of FGC Graduates

Building Blocks Academy 

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students must have a high school diploma or GED® certificate and take a placement exam, if not exempt by the State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0315.

Program Notes
  • This program may be started during any semester.
  • This program offers students:
    • Experiential learning opportunities
    • Highly qualified professors
Program Guide & Syllabi

CCP Core Courses (see Child Care Professional)

  • EEC 1001 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 credits 
  • CHD 1220 – Child Growth & Development: Infant & Preschool 3 credits 
  • EEC 2300 – Cognitive Experiences for Young Children 3 credits 
  • CHD 1312 – Infants and Toddlers 3 credits 

These 12 hours cannot be a combination of 12 Personal Enrichment hours; they must be declared as a major in the degree or certificate-seeking process.

Students will earn 12 college credits towards the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of a developmentally appropriate infant/toddler environment. 

Book List & Materials
  • CHD 1220
    • No textbook required.
  • CHD 1312
    • Wittmer, D. S. & Honig, A. S. (2020). Day to day the relationship way: Creating responsive programs for infants and toddlers. NAEYC.
  • EEC 1001
    • Copple, C., Bredekamp, S., & Gonzalez-Mena, J. (2011). Basics of developmentally appropriate practice: An introduction for teachers of infants & toddlers. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.  
    • Copple, C. & Bredekamp, S. (2006). Basics of developmentally appropriate practice: An introduction for teachers of children 3 to 6. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.  
    • Copple, C. & Bredekamp, S. (Eds.). (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs: Serving children from birth through age 8 (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: NAEYC. 
  • EEC 2300
    • Gronlund, G. (2014). Making early learning standards come alive 2nd ed.). St. Paul, MN: Red Leaf Press.