UNC Greensboro is now accepting applications for a new/pilot Leadership in Infant and Toddler Learning (LITL) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program. The next cohort of students will begin in the Fall 2019 semester (August 2019). Designed to provide specialized professional development for early childhood educators working with or on behalf of infants, toddlers and their families, the LITL Certificate requires 19 semester hours of coursework in:
- Infant and toddler learning in inclusive settings
- Screening and assessment in inclusive settings
- Specialized education services for young children and their families
- Family-centered practices
- Theory and research on child development
- Leadership, mentoring and coaching
Courses are offered synchronously on-line between 5:00 and 7:00 pm (one evening per course per week) and can be completed in three semesters. All courses from this certificate articulate into the Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Space is limited in the program. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field. A 300- or 400-level course in statistics and/or research methods is highly desirable. No teaching license is required for this program. No GRE test is required. Applications should be submitted and received by January 12. 2019 to ensure they are ready for review on February 1, 2019. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarships are available to those who qualify for this graduate certificate.
The program was created by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education, Child Care Services Association, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to address the tremendous need for professional development to improve the quality of infant and toddler care. It was piloted at UNCG during the Fall semester. The first cohort includes professionals from a variety of roles such as Infant-Toddler Specialist, family child care provider, Early Head Start curriculum specialist, and infant-toddler teacher. The courses include advanced study in infant-toddler development, best practices for working with infants and toddlers and their families, assessment of infants and toddlers, leadership, and coaching/mentoring.