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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Graduate Minor

Institute of Child Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 9 to 12
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12 to 15
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Students will have the option to complete a field study at a location of their choosing. This will not be a requirement of the minor, however.
This program will provide students across diverse disciplines and training programs with access to foundational learning from the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH). Students will gain knowledge of developmental processes related to competence, psychopathology, and resilience in the application of theory and research to early childhood and multi-generational practice and policy.
Program Delivery
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Prerequisites for Admission
Students must be actively pursuing a masters or doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Required Courses
Three foundational courses, for a total of 9 credits, are required for both the masters and doctoral minor.
CPSY 5518 - Prevention and Intervention in Early Childhood: Principles (3.0 cr)
CPSY 5503 - Development and Psychopathology in Early Childhood (3.0 cr)
CPSY 5513 - Early Childhood Assessment (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Optional Field Experience
Students pursuing the IECMH masters-level minor may take up to 3 credits of CPSY 5996 in addition to the 9 required course credits. CPSY 5996 is an optional opportunity that not required for the minor.
CPSY 5996 - Field Experience in Applied Child and Adolescent Development (1.0-12.0 cr)
Doctoral
Required Observation Courses
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 5506 - Infant Observation Seminar I (1.0 cr)
· CPSY 5508 - Infant Observation Seminar II (1.0 cr)
· CPSY 5511 - Infant Observation Seminar III (1.0 cr)
Optional Field Experience
Students pursuing the IECMH doctoral-level minor may take 3 credits of CPSY 5996 in addition to the 12 required course credits. CPSY 5996 is an optional opportunity that not required for the minor.
Take exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· CPSY 5996 - Field Experience in Applied Child and Adolescent Development (1.0-12.0 cr)
 
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CPSY 5518 - Prevention and Intervention in Early Childhood: Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Students design prevention/intervention programs and apply evidence-based strategies in workplace/practicum settings. Readings, in-class reflective practice groups. prereq: 5501, 5503, 5506, 5508
CPSY 5503 - Development and Psychopathology in Early Childhood
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
History, theory, research, concepts, and issues in infant mental health. Typical development. Difficulties in development. Expert guest lectures. Readings, visual material. prereq: 5501 or enrolled in MA program
CPSY 5513 - Early Childhood Assessment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Summer Odd Year
The course introduces processes and evidence-based methods of early childhood assessment and diagnosis from a developmental, multi-disciplinary framework. prereq: [Baccalaureate degree in early-childhood-related field from accredited U.S. institution or documented equiv], [experience in early childhood research or practice]
CPSY 5996 - Field Experience in Applied Child and Adolescent Development
Credits: 1.0 -12.0 [max 24.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasizes field experiences focusing on the development of children and adolescents as individuals or members of groups; may include interactions with children and adolescents in natural settings, or research on applied topics or with atypical populations.
CPSY 5506 - Infant Observation Seminar I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
How an infant develops in context of family relationships over a 9-12 month period. Students observe an infant for one hour a week, write a narrative, and discuss observations.
CPSY 5508 - Infant Observation Seminar II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Summer Odd Year
How an infant develops in context of family relationships over a nine- to twelve-month period. Students observe an infant for one hour a week, write a narrative, and discuss observations.
CPSY 5511 - Infant Observation Seminar III
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
How an infant develops in context of family relationships over 9-12 month period. Students observe an infant for one hour a week, write a narrative, and discuss observations.
CPSY 5996 - Field Experience in Applied Child and Adolescent Development
Credits: 1.0 -12.0 [max 24.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasizes field experiences focusing on the development of children and adolescents as individuals or members of groups; may include interactions with children and adolescents in natural settings, or research on applied topics or with atypical populations.