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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

EC-TEaMH Graduate Certificate Program

Family photo EC TEamH graduate certificate Early Childhood-Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health (EC-TEaMH) Graduate Certificate

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 and three units of practicum/field experience. Courses in the certificate program may be applied to the master’s degree in child development if applicable.

Prerequisites for admission:

  1. Successful completion of a BA/BS degree in Child Development or related field
  2. Completion of a Cal State Apply application and all supplementary documents submitted online to the program application.
  3. Two letters of recommendation required from individuals you have interacted with professionally.

Course requirements (15 units).

The EC-TEaMH certificate program follows the California Compendium Training Guidelines, Personnel Competencies, and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, 2016. It includes two main areas: knowledge and experience. The knowledge base is comprised of four foundation classes. Two practicum courses that include clinical experience/supervision 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.

Knowledge Area (12 units):

    CFD 670 Seminar in Human Development Theories Intervention and Prevention (3)

    CFD 671 Seminar in supporting Early Childhood Mental Health (3)

    CFD 580 Observation and Assessment of Young Children's Environment and Relationships (3)

    SPED 676 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

Experience Area - Field Experience/Practicum (3 units):


CFD 697A* Advanced Field Experience (Cr/NC) (3)

 *(120 hours of supervised practicum)*


Download the EC-TEaMH Program Flyer

Interested in applying?

 Visit our Admissions page for more information. 

Want more information?

For more information about graduate studies in the Department of Child and Family Development, review the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Note: Many students complete the EC-TEaMH Certificate before continuing to the M.S. Degree in Child Development. The focus of the M.S. in Child Development is on the early years and prevention with an emphasis on parent-child inter-generational relationships to enhance school readiness and prepare teachers to work with families with a focus on socio-emotional and behavior support in educational settings and homes. After completion of the EC-TEaMH Certificate, students may be able to complete the M.S. in Child Development within one academic year (two semesters). EC-TEaMH graduates are also eligible to apply to the M.S. in Child Development with the Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health and pursue clinical licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Master of Social Work Students

The EC-TEaMH program now has a collaboration with the SDSU School of Social Work!

More information on the program will be posted soon.

Graduate students in the School of Social Work are invited to take EC-TEaMH courses.  For more information about this opportunity, please contact: Cheryl James.

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. 


For more information about our graduate programs or if you have questions about the application process, contact:
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