60 credit hours

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Support the mental, emotional, and physical health and development of children from birth to age 5 and their families.

  • Choose one of the nation’s only Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health concentrations within a Master of Social Work program.
  • Build on Erikson’s 50 years of experience training infant mental health practitioners.
  • Work with and learn from internationally recognized faculty and practitioners.

Students who are accepted to the MSW program with this concentration are eligible to receive generous scholarship funding as part of the Trauma-Focused Interprofessional Preparation grant, or Project Tip, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP):

  • Full or part-time students are eligible for up to 40% of tuition support which totals $25,582 over the course of the program.
  • This scholarship can be combined with either the guaranteed total scholarship or advanced standing scholarship.
  • OSEP funding has a service obligation in which MSW students agree to work as a social worker spending at least 50% of their time working with children birth to five with delays and disabilities for four years upon graduation.
  • Recipients will also participate in a 3-credit interprofessional trauma-focused seminar in addition to their course program.

For more information about the Project Tip grant, eligibility and requirements please contact Dr. Pam Epley at [email protected] or Dr. Linda Gilkerson at [email protected].

Key benefits:

  • Strengthen skills through specialized field placements.
  • Develop relevant, in-demand expertise.
  • Sharpen competitive edge in the marketplace.

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