The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership in Infant and Toddler Learning (LITL) provides students with graduate level training and a credential. Designed to provide specialized professional development for early childhood educators working with or on behalf of infants, toddlers and their families, the Certificate prepares students to pursue leadership positions in a variety of early care and education settings, including early intervention, Early Head Start, resource and referral, technical assistance, and community colleges.

The certificate rerequires 19 credit hours and is offered jointly by the departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Specialized Education Services. 

The Student Experience

  • This program is designed for students wishing to develop in-depth knowledge of infant-toddler development and programming and those seeking to assume leadership roles within educational and/or community agencies that support infants and toddlers, and their families.
  • Experienced and committed faculty from both Human Development & Family Studies and Specialized Education Services teach, advise, and mentor students in this innovative interdisciplinary program.
  • Students have opportunities to fulfill partial requirements for the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Mental Health Endorsement process.
  • The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina Scholarship Program provides scholarships for qualified students in this program.

After Graduation

  • Graduates fill a variety of positions with infant-toddler programs such as the NC Birth to Three Quality Initiative, Early Intervention, and Early Head Start.
  • Graduates lend expertise related to infants and toddlers in positions with child care programs, Child Care Resource & Referral agencies, Smart Start programs, and community college early childhood education programs.


Applications are now being accepted.

  • Priority Admission: January 15, 2024 
  • Final Deadline: February 1, 2024 

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field.
  • Completion of a 300- or 400-level course in statistics and/or research methods is highly desirable for admission.
  • No teaching license is required for this program.
  • No GRE test is required.

For more information contact the program Co-Directors:

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Program Details

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Dr. Catherine Scott-little

Catherine Scott-Little
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Birth-Kindergarten Graduate Co-Director


Heather Coleman
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Birth-Kindergarten Graduate Co-Director