Infant Mental Health
Degree Requirements

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:
(14 semester course credits)

EDUC 231 Assessment and Intervention in Young Children (1)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (1)

EDUC 242 (142) The Hospitalized Child (1)

EDUC 255 (155) Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (1)

EDUC 275A Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education or Infant Mental Health (1)

EDUC 275B Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education or Infant Mental Health (1)

EDUC 291A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infants and Preschoolers (1–1.5)

EDUC 291B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (1–1.5)

PSYC 161 Clinical Psychology (1)

PSYC 242 (142) Attachment and Loss (1)

PSYC 243 Parents and Caregiving (1)

PSYC 265 (165) Infancy (1)

PSYC 293A Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis I (1)

PSYC 293B Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis II (1)

In addition, students may take an elective or an independent study for up to 1 credit if the student has already met some of the above required courses.


4+1 BA/MA Program
(10 semester course credits)

The 4+1 BA/MA 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 +1 MA year begins fall of the student's fifth year at Mills.

+1 MA Courses:

EDUC 231 Assessment and Intervention for Children with Special Needs (1)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (1)

EDUC 242 (142) The Hospitalized Child (1)

EDUC 255 (155) Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (1)

EDUC 275A Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education or Infant Mental Health (1)

EDUC 275B Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education or Infant Mental Health (1)

PSYC 161 Clinical Psychology (1)

PSYC 243 Parents and Caregiving (1)

PSYC 293A Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis I (1)

PSYC 293B Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis II (1)


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

(20.5 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 (.5)

EDUC 231 Assessment and Intervention (1)

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (1)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional and Moral Development and Learning (1)

EDUC 242 The Hospitalized Child (1)

EDUC 253 Administering Early Childhood Programs (.5)

EDUC 254 Medical Information: Children in Hospitals and Clinics (.5)

EDUC 255 (155) Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children  (1)

EDUC 258 Early Childhood Curricula for Children with Special Needs (1)

EDUC 260 History of Theories of Play (.5)

EDUC 263 Administrative Practicum (.5)

EDUC 275A Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education or Infant Mental Health (1)

EDUC 275B Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education or Infant Mental Health (1)

EDUC 291A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infants and Preschoolers (1–1.5)

EDUC 291B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (1–1.5)

EDUC 379 Teaching Language Arts (1)

PSYC 161 Clinical Psychology (1)

PSYC 242 Attachment and Loss (1)

PSYC 243 Parents and Caregiving (1)

PSYC 265 Infancy (1)

PSYC 293A Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis I (1)

PSYC 293B Infant Mental Health Master's Thesis II (1)

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