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Online Child Development Certificate

Advance your career with valuable child development knowledge and skills.

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Impact the Lives of Young Children and Their Families

Learn about how children grow and develop in the early years of life and improve your professional knowledge by connecting child development theories to your practice.

Prepare to support a child’s optimal development pathway, and to respond effectively to the needs, challenges, and strengths of young children and their families.


Online Child Development Certificate Highlights

Support A Child’s Optimal Development with This Online Certificate

Gain Research-Based Understanding Across:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Neurobiology
  • Anthropology
  • Education
  • Sociology
  • Health
  • Social Work

Scholarships Available

Credit Hours
Year program length
Term start options: Fall, Spring, Summer
$ 775
Credit Hour
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Am I Good Candidate for the Early Childhood Development Certificate Program?

You may be well-suited for this program if you work in one of these related fields:

  • Social work and child services
  • Early education, after-school care and libraries
  • Administration and health care
  • Psychology
  • Law and policy
  • Advocacy and government
  • Museum education
  • Occupational and physical therapy

Explore a Few of the Certificate Courses

See all the Child Development courses

Family and Culture
This course is designed to help students gain knowledge about diversity through an examination of social science research on child development, child rearing across cultures, and issues of equity, power, and privilege.
Social & Emotional Development I: Infancy and Childhood
This course focuses on the study of social and emotional development in children from birth through age eight.
Applied Developmental Neuroscience
This course is an examination of physical growth and development beginning with prenatal development and extending through eight years of age.
Samina Hadi-Tabaasum
EdD, Associate Professor, Director, Child Development Program
“ The Child Development Certificate Program from Erikson can serve as an onramp to a master’s or a stand-alone resume boost. Professionals, in different fields who intersect with children and families daily, come to us after realizing their lack of training in child development is a barrier to doing their best work. ”
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Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

Financial Aid Options  Tuition and Fees


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Apply Now for Priority Scholarship Considerations

Applications received by March 15th (for Fall) and November 15th (for Spring & Summer) will receive primary consideration for scholarship awards.