Feb 25, 2024
(SIMS Code: 330308)
The certificate program in Early Childhood Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health (EC-TEaMH) is an interdisciplinary program focusing on professional preparation and skills enhancement of early childhood educators who work with young children who demonstrate socio-emotional and behavioral problems and their parents.
Fifteen program units are required to earn the certificate in Early Childhood Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health (EC-TEaMH). Twelve units of seminar courses addressing core knowledge foundations for early childhood mental health and three units of supervised practicum/field experience. Courses in the certificate program may be applied to the master’s degree in child development if applicable.
Prerequisites for admission:
- Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in a field related to child development, human development, psychology, school counseling, social services, or social work from an accredited institution, and relevant work experience in the early childhood education field.
- Successful completion of the application and interview process.
- Coursework relating to: children with special needs, early years of development, family functioning and parent-child relationships, parenting, and theories in socio-emotional development. If students’ undergraduate preparation is deemed insufficient, students will be required to complete specified courses determined by the certificate program’s adviser.
- Recommendation of employer and/or director of certificate program.
Standards for Admission
Students enrolled in the certificate program in Early Childhood Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health (EC-TEaMH) must complete the following for admission:
- Background check. Students must successfully pass a background check in order to be placed in educational and community settings. Red flag issues that prevent placement may impede progression and successful completion of degree requirements;
- Tuberculin clearance. Evidence of a negative tuberculosis (TB) test must be provided periodically for community-based classes;
- Proof of up-to-date immunizations. Proof of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and current tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) immunizations must be provided periodically for community-based classes. Clearance statements may be secured from SDSU Student Health services, private physicians or HMOs, or public health agencies.
Course Requirements (15 Units)
The EC-TEaMH certificate is modeled following the delivery of Infant-Family and Early Mental Health Services Revised Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies proposed by the California’s Infant, Preschool and Family Mental Health Initiative (Workforce 2010). It includes two main areas: knowledge and experience. The knowledge base is comprised of four foundation classesand and a practicum courses that includes experience in early childhood setting and programs accompanied by Reflective Practice Facilitation (total of 120 hours of supervised practicum).
Students must complete the course requirements with a minimum 3.0 (B) grade point average and a grade of C (2.0) or better in program courses.
Knowledge Area (12 Units)
Experience Area - Field Experience/Practicum (3 Units)
(Three units; minimum of 120 hours of practicum and minimum of 24 hours of group reflective supervision).
For further information, contact the program adviser.