Infant mental health is an interdisciplinary field founded on the principle that early relationship-based intervention in the context of family, community, and culture can support normative emotional and behavioral development and help children at risk and their families prevent future developmental problems.
The Mills Infant Mental Health Program provides students with the skills and knowledge to become practitioners or researchers that specialize in working with children from birth through age five. Our program builds on a solid background in psychology, research methodology, and normative development. Graduate courses include advanced study of development, assessment, and special needs children, combined with fieldwork and a master's thesis. Each student works with an advisor to create a plan of graduate study that fits her/his goals.
In addition to entering careers in the early childhood field, graduate students may also use this program as a bridge to other graduate training, such as doctoral work in psychology, early childhood special education, or occupational therapy.
Mills also offers a one-of-a-kind 4+1 BA/MA program for undergraduate students that combines undergraduate and graduate course work and field placement with a broad background in the liberal arts and sciences. Students graduate in five years with a bachelor's degree in psychology and master of arts degree in infant mental health.
For additional information see the
Early Childhood Education and Infant Mental Health Graduate Programs Handbook.
Learn more at one of our Information Sessions at the School of Education.