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Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Graduate Certificate

Cleveland State University's Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling graduate certificate is a growing specialization that works with with children ages 0-6, their families, and the providers employed in settings dealing with this age group. This certificate has two tracks, one for those delivering the actual interventions (counseling) and those in similar settings who are not directly delivering interventions but supervising those who do (consultation).

Early Child Mental Health Services are supportive interventions designed to strengthen the optimal development of a young child within the context of the family and community. Young children and families served include premature, underweight, medically fragile or chronically ill babies; young children with identified disabilities or developmental delays; adolescent parents; depressed parents; parents who are unprepared or overwhelmed by the care of a baby/child; and parents at social or emotional risk in the care-giving role. This program is designed to be delivered in an online and weekend intensive format to draw students from across the state of Ohio.

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Phone: 216.687.4613

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Transcripts

Admission to the certificate program counseling track is open to current students in counseling, social work, and counseling or school psychology, or those with a license for mental health practice in the state of Ohio. Admission to the certificate program consultation track is open to current students in education, public health or behavioral science programs as well as those holding degrees in these areas. Application materials should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Program Requirements


  • CNS 510 - Early Childhood Development & Mental Health
  • CNS 511 - Families & Early Childhood
  • CNS 512 - Early Childhood Assessment
  • CNS 513 - Techniques & Interventions for Early Childhood Professionals
  • CNS 514 - Internship in ECMH & Behavioral Consultation
Did You Know?

Ohio's Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative awarded $9.1 million dollars in funding across 75 counties in 2016. 

Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services


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Career Outcomes

  • Early Childhood Mental Health is a specialization with a growing need for professionals in Ohio. Based on Governor Ted Strickland's Early Childhood Health Initiative, the specialization will play a growing role across the state.
  • These are some of the local institutions hiring CSU grads: Beech Brook, OhioGuidestone, Wingspan Care Group, Cleveland Sight Center, Pathway Caring for Children, and Applewood Centers.