Online M.A.
Infant and early childhood mental health track

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.

Find what drives you: Join us

  • Gain the knowledge in typical and atypical early development needed to understand and support the development of young children ages birth to five.
  • Study the role of relationships and explore how factors like family, culture, individual history, and socioeconomic status impact a child’s health and well-being.
  • Learn how to apply infant and early childhood mental health principles in a variety of professional and practice settings.

How to apply

Are you interested in taking a graduate course but aren't a student at the University of Minnesota? Visit OneStop Student Services to learn more about how to register.

13

total number of classes

32

total credits

Curriculum

Core coursework

Take foundational courses in child and adolescent development:

  • CPSY 5301: Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • CPSY 5302: Cognitive and Biological Development
  • CPSY 5303: Social and Emotional Development
  • CPSY 5304: Research Methods in Applied Child and Adolescent Development
  • CPSY 5306: Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Child and Adolescent Development

Learn more about the curriculum

Track coursework

In addition to the program’s core courses, you'll take:

  • CPSY 5503: Development and Psychopathology in Early Childhood
  • CPSY 5506: 5508, 5511: Infant Observation
  • CPSY 5513: Early Childhood Assessment
  • CPSY 5518: Prevention and Intervention in Early Childhood: Principles
  • CPSY 5521: Prevention and Intervention in Early Childhood: Practice
  • CPSY 5996: Field Experience with Reflective Practice

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Careers

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.

Fields include:

  • social work
  • psychology
  • family and marriage counseling
  • nursing and related disciplines
  • early care and education
  • advocacy or policy

Prepare to pursue Endorsement

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:

  • Infant Family Specialist (Prevention/Early Intervention)
  • Infant Mental Health Specialist (Treatment/Intervention); and
  • Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical, Faculty, or Policy Leadership).

We're driven to make a difference

Elizabeth Carlson

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.

Tuition and funding

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.

Irving B. Harris Foundation Diversity Scholarship

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.