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Infant and Early Childhood Development - Mental Health, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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Students gain the tools, skills, and training to manage the challenges in their everyday work of supporting early relationships, regulation, and behavior in infants, young children, and their families.

Our unique distributed learning environment combines live online instruction and self-directed learning, allowing you to pursue your degree while working full-time in your field, traveling, and/or living in your current community.

The MA in Infant and Early Childhood Development at Fielding Graduate University is designed to address the urgent educational gap in the workforce by providing a master’s degree for early childhood educators and administrators, allied health professionals, health-care providers, and mental-health practitioners.

Program Benefits

  • Gain the skills, training, and knowledge needed for working with children ages 0 to 6
  • Build a toolkit based on educational foundations, theories, and best practices
  • Join a global network of infant and early childhood experts
  • Earn hours toward endorsement in infant and early childhood mental health
  • Prepare for your future degree. Up to 20 credits articulate into Fielding’s PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Development 
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Family Systems Theory and Functioning 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree
  • Online Application Form
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcript

Tuition Fee

  • International

    720 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 720 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    720 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 720 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Santa Barbara

  • 1640 - 2480 USD/month
    Living Costs

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