Infancy Concentration

(45 credit hours)

Prepare for the complex role of infant/family specialist, a field that has greatly expanded in the past 20 years because of new research and understanding about the importance of the first three years of life. In response, recent legislation and policy initiatives have created an enormous demand for services for infants and their families.

  • Work toward a State of Illinois Early Intervention credential.
  • Combine this concentration with the Administration concentration and prepare for administrative and leadership roles in infant/toddler programs.
  • This concentration prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Infant Toddler Credential (ITC) at Level 6 through the Entitled Route. To earn the credential, you will need to complete the appropriate Gateways applications and provide documentation of professional experiences and contributions.
  • Prepare to meet the needs of English language learners and their families through the Infancy and New Language Learners concentration.