We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort.
Infant and early childhood mental health professionals support the social-emotional development of infants and toddlers. Drawing on development theory, infant and early childhood mental health professionals address the needs of young children by assessing family needs and recommending developmentally-appropriate prevention strategies and interventions. Infant and early childhood mental health professionals also lead programs or craft policies that promote healthy early development. This program does not train individuals to become licensed clinical professionals.
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Take foundational courses in child and adolescent development:
In addition to the program’s core courses, you'll take:
This program does not train individuals to become licensed clinical professionals. With an M.A. in applied child and adolescent development with a specialization in infant and early childhood mental health, advance your career as a mental health provider or practitioner in a variety of fields that serve young children and their families.
Our online M.A. program will provide you with the developmental science background, reflective practice experience, and professional guidance necessary to apply for Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® through the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health, Infant and Early Childhood Division.
Endorsement levels include:
Elizabeth Carlson, Ph.D., is affiliated graduate faculty at the Institute of Child Development and director of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health certificate program. Her research focuses on the role of early experience in development, including how individuals become vulnerable to psychopathology and the impact of trauma on development.
Students who take all of their courses online qualify for the Minnesota resident tuition rate. Tuition for our M.A. program follows the University’s general resident graduate tuition rates. Full-time enrollment is 6 to 14 credits per semester. Each track in our M.A. program has its own course and credit requirements.
The Irving B. Harris Foundation promotes infant and early childhood mental health through professional training and education. With their support, we offer diversity scholarships for underrepresented students and professionals. To apply for a scholarship, write a brief explanation of why you feel you would qualify and upload as part of your application.