Infant Mental Health
Degree Requirements

The degree requirements listed below are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the degree requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to adopt the 2016-17 degree requirements should meet with their advisor.

Master of Arts in Infant Mental Health

The master's degree in infant mental health requires two years of study and is designed for students with a baccalaureate degree in psychology or a master's degree in child development.

Required:
(a minimum of 44 semester course credits)

EDUC 231 Assessment and Intervention in Young Children (4)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (4)

EDUC 255 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (4)

EDUC 275A Field Experience in Infant Mental Health (4)

EDUC 275B Field Experience in Infant Mental Health (4)

EDUC 291A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infants and Preschoolers (4–6)

EDUC 291B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4–6)

PSYC 242 Attachment and Loss (4)

PSYC 265 Infancy (4)

PSYC 293A Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis I (4)

PSYC 293B Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis II (4)

In addition, students may take an elective or an independent study for up to 4 credits if the student has already met some of the above required courses.


BA/MA Accelerated Degree Program
(a minimum of 40 semester course credits)

The BA/MA Accelerated Degree is designed for Mills students to earn a BA in psychology and an MA in infant mental health in five years. This specialized master's degree is unique to Mills College. The program integrates a carefully designed curriculum that combines undergraduate and graduate specialized course work and field placement with a broad background in the liberal arts and sciences. The undergraduate portion of the program requires students to complete the Mills College BA as psychology majors (see Undergraduate Catalog for the psychology infant mental health sequence). The MA year begins fall of the student's fifth year at Mills.

MA Courses:

EDUC 231 Assessment and Intervention for Children with Special Needs (4)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (4)

EDUC 255 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (4)

EDUC 275A Field Experience in Infant Mental Health (4)

EDUC 275B Field Experience in Infant Mental Health (4)

PSYC 293A Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis I (4)

PSYC 293B Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis II (4)

In addition, students must take 12 credits of electives approved by their advisor.


Master of Arts in Infant Mental Health with an Early Childhood Special Education Specialist Credential

(a minimum of 74 semester course credits)

The Infant Mental Health Program offers students an opportunity both to earn a master's degree in infant mental health and to prepare for a California credential that qualifies them to provide educational services to children from birth to kindergarten who are eligible for early intervention and special education. Students can complete the coursework for the master's degree and the preliminary credential in 2.5 years.

EDUC 214 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (2)

EDUC 231 Assessment and Intervention (4)

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (4)

EDUC 237 Child Language Acquisition (4) or
EDUC 238 Social, Emotional and Moral Development and Learning (4)

EDUC 242 The Hospitalized Child (4)

EDUC 254 Medical Information: Children in Hospitals and Clinics (2)

EDUC 255 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (4)

EDUC 258 Early Childhood Curricula for Children with Special Needs (4)

EDUC 260 History of Theories of Play (2)

EDUC 275A Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education (4)

EDUC 275B Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education (4)

EDUC 275A or 275B Field Experience in Infant Mental Health (4)

EDUC 276 Leadership in Early Childhood Seminar (4)

EDUC 291A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infants and Preschoolers (4–6)

EDUC 291B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4–6)

EDUC 379 Teaching Language Arts (4)

PSYC 242 Attachment and Loss (4)

PSYC 265 Infancy (4)

PSYC 293A Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis I (4)

PSYC 293B Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis II (4)

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