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Get certified in infant mental health

This graduate certificate is designed for students with a minimum of a bachelor's degree who seek to work in a variety of fields to promote healthy emotional development of infants and toddlers, including clinical practice, early childhood education, healthcare professions and nonprofit administration.


This program prepares you to integrate research, theory and practical application of infant mental health principles in a developmental and attachment-based perspective. You will also gain competence in areas needed for Infant Mental Health Endorsement.


Successful completion of this certificate program requires 15 credit hours (five courses) of graduate-level coursework in human development and family science. Credit hours are transferable to additional graduate degree programs.


Human Development and Family Science, MS - Developmental and Family Science

Human Development and Family Science, MS - Applied Human Services

Human Development and Family Science, MS - Early Childhood Education

Human Development and Family Science, MS - Family and Community Services

Human Development and Family Science, MS - Marriage and Family Therapy

Human Development and Family Science, PhD



Courses are delivered fully online as well as on the OSU Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with many opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration.


Required (15 credit hours):

  • HDFS 5233: Infant Mental Health
  • HDFS 5243: Infant and Early Childhood Development and Attachment
  • HDFS 5193: Reflective Practice
  • HDFS 5343: Developmental Assessment and Interventions
  • HDFS 5513: Issues in Family Science

Course information

Graduate Student Handbook


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of admission status within four to six weeks of submission.


To apply for the program, submit the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Academic vita/resume
  • Professional goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • TOEFL exam scores (when English is a second language)

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