Master of Education in Early Intervention with Infant Mental Health Certificate

The Master of Education in Early Intervention with an Infant Mental Health (IMH) Certificate at the Pitt School of Education adds an additional focus to our early intervention program. The program provides you with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate interventions for young children with delays and disabilities related to infant mental health.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: About 2 years (4 semesters)
  • Time Commitment: Full time
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall
  • Application Deadline: March 1, priority admission deadline
  • Course Requirements: 46 credits
  • Admissions Requirements: No GRE exam required


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Program Details

In addition to coursework covered through the Master of Education in Early Intervention, students will complete courses in the foundations of IMH. Subject matter includes specific IMH interventions and early childhood development knowledge. This program will emphasize building supportive relationships with caregivers, as well as teaching them to implement interventions to maximize the potential of children served.

The program prepares students to:

  • Acquire skills that support the social-emotional development of young children and their families
  • Apply infant mental health theory and principles
  • Implement infant mental health advocacy and action. 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Early Intervention with an Infant Mental Health Certificate is a 46-credit program. It includes coursework in early intervention (e.g. assessment, programming, working with families, inclusion, consultation, community resources, and leadership), plus additional courses in infant mental health that focus on the rirsk factors faced by some families, such as toxic stress, trauma, and substance abuse challenges. 

Three supervised practicum experiences are integrated into the program. Reflective supervision and consultation courses to accompany these practices are available for those interested in pursuing the national IMH Endorsement.

Certifications

The IMH certificate courses have been carefully aligned to the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health®. Students are prepared to take the national exam for this endorsement.

Prerequisites

The Master of Education in Early Intervention has the following prerequisites:

  • Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
  • Child Development (3 credits)

Career Pathways

The Master of Education in Early Intervention program with an Infant Mental Health Certificate prepares practitioners in the assessment and educational programming of young children with disabilities.

Students are particularly qualified to take on roles in the treatment of very young children.