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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

EC-TEaMH Graduate Certificate

The EC-TEaMH Graduate Certificate Program 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.

For more information, go to the EC-TEaMH prospective students page.

Family Life Education Certificate (for Undergraduates)

The purpose of this undergraduate certificate program is to prepare students for careers in family life education. The program is designed for individuals working on degrees in child development and health science. It also provides a self-improvement opportunity for people seeking employment, promotion, or upward mobility on the job who are not enrolled in degree programs.

Awarding of the certificate requires completion of an approved pattern of five courses (15 units) with a grade of “C” or better in each of the courses to include Child and Family Development 135, 270+, or 375C and 378C, or 375C and 378D, or Psychology 230+; Biology 307; Psychology 355; and Public Health 353. The course offerings under this program meet the criteria for training and standards of the American Association of Sex Educators and Counselors. Courses in the certificate may not be counted toward the minor. For further information Pam Gardner.

 Early Care and Education Certificate (for Undergraduates)

The purpose of the Early Care and Education certificate program is to prepare students for careers in the field of care and education working with young children 0-3 and their families, to include home visitations and provision of in-home support and education.

Contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Pamela Gardner, for more information (

Early Care and Education Certificate flyer

The Hospitalized Child (CFD 390)

This course is designed, but not limited to, students interested in a career as a Certified Child Life Specialist. Students will examine how hospitalization affects infants through adolescents. This class will discuss development, play, grief, death and dying along with best practices for working with families and the application of family centered care. In addition, students will obtain basic knowledge of stress reduction, coping strategies, and play therapies. This class is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist that meets the criteria for the new certification requirements. Please refer to the Child Life Council for a full list of requirements.  

Paying For Your Education

Graduate students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. To apply for financial aid visit the FAFSA Website.

Students may also apply for scholarships offered through San Diego State University and private organizations. Information about Financial Aid at SDSU can be found at the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Please see the Federal Financial Aid Disclosure document for required reporting and documentation.