Infant and Toddlers Concentration

Infants and Toddlers Credential

Kendall College’s Infants and Toddlers concentration provides a foundation for working effectively with infants, toddlers and their families.

Professional Opportunities:
An Infant Toddler Credential opens doors to a variety of career options. Earning this credential will help you be prepared to:

  • Apply your knowledge of child development as the basis for creating developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Use a variety of observation and assessment tools to understand children, develop individually appropriate practices, monitor progress, and identify concerns.
  • Recognize the influence of culture on infant and toddler development, and forge positive, collaborative relationships with families, colleagues, and the community.
  • Exemplify the ethical standards of the profession.

Earn the professional credentials you need:
Successful completion of Kendall’s ITC preparation may lead to a Level 5 Infant Toddler Credential in Illinois through Gateways to Opportunity, the Illinois Early Care and Education Professional Development Network. For more information, visit

Concentration Requirements:
Kendall’s Infant Toddler Credential preparation consists of four courses designed to develop specialized skills in those professionals who work with children under age 3. In addition to completing the four required courses, candidates must:

  • Complete two internships, at Kendall College, including 100 supervised hours working with children age birth–3.
  • Complete four professional contributions.
  • Meet the core competencies for Early Childhood Education, included in all Kendall College upper-level courses.

Course Requirements: 

Required Coursework for ConcentrationCredits
ECE 250 Relationships in Infancy 4
ECE 305 Quality Programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families 4
ECE 307 Infant, Family, and Cultural Studies 4
ECE 308 Infant Screening & Assessment 4
ECE 309 Early Intervention 4

ECE 250 Relationships in Infancy
(4 Credits)
This course explores the theories of relationships between children, families, and communities that begin in infancy and are critical for cognitive, social, and physical development. The basic knowledge required for effective practice for teaching and learning in infancy and methods for working together with families with relationship based practices are explored through the course.

ECE 305—Quality Programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families
(4 Credits)
Required field experience: Five hours
This course addresses the elements of quality in programs for infants, toddlers, and their families. The skills, knowledge, and abilities for professional and ethical behavior in programs for very young children and their families are addressed, including family child care, center-based care, home visiting programs, and parent-child programs. The course examines the way in which philosophical, cultural, and political trends have impacted research and pedagogy in the field of education for birth to age 3.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200-level EDU courses required for major

ECE 307—Infant, Family, and Cultural Studies
(4 Credits)
Required field experience: Five hours
This course provides students with an overview of the way culture impacts what is considered typical for infants and toddlers. Students focus on the ability to form healthy working relationships with the families of infants and toddlers across a range of cultures. Included is an investigation into the meaning of various child-rearing behaviors and how they relate to parental expectations and cultural traditions to develop culturally appropriate practices.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200-level EDU courses required for major

ECE 308—Infant Screening and Assessment
(4 Credits)
Required field experience: Five hours
This course takes a relationship-based developmental approach to using observation and information about children to perform assessments of infant/toddler behavior within identified contexts. The development of collaborative relationships with families to share in the information is central to the course. Students gain experience in screening and authentic assessment, including the appropriate use of standardized tests and criterion-referenced tools.
Prerequisites: All 100- and 200-level EDU courses required for major

ECE 309 Early Intervention
(4 Credits)

This course explores school readiness for children from birth to age 5 and the potential for various interventions of improving outcomes for children and their families.  Teacher candidates will research and evaluate current intervention programs, and will investigate the financial and economic impact of intervention programs in varied community and educational settings.
Prerequisites:  ECE 250 and ECE 252