Who is this degree for?
In the past two decades, research and new theoretical frameworks have greatly expanded our knowledge and understanding of infancy and its importance. Recent legislation and policy initiatives have created an enormous demand for services for infants and their families.
The infancy specialization prepares professionals for the complex role of the infant/family specialist. As part of the Irving B. Harris Infant Studies Program, this specialization will give you the tools to work with infants and families in the context of their community. The program offers two separate methods tracks: prevention/early intervention or child care.
Early Intervention credential
You may work toward a State of Illinois Early Intervention credential through this program. The course work in the prevention/early intervention methods track, coupled with an internship in an early intervention site, prepares you to apply for this credential.
Looking for more leadership and organizational expertise? This specialization can be combined with the Administration Specialization.
To earn the infancy specialization, you will complete the child development core curriculum, excluding C413 Adult Education and Supervision and adding five specialization courses. You will also complete an internship in a setting that serves infants and their families.
If you seek credentialing in early intervention, you will need to complete an internship at an early intervention or diagnostic site. You and the director of the infant studies program will discuss the requirements for credentialing. To complete an internship in an early intervention site, you must be available during the daytime, Mondays through Fridays, during your internship year.
Sample course schedules
- C410 – Social and Historical Perspectives on Early Care and Education
- C421 – Human Development I: Psychosocial Development in Infancy and Childhood
- C422 – Human Development II: Psychosocial Development from Early Adolescence through Adulthood
- C425 – Physical Growth and Development
- C426 – Development of Cognition, Language, and Play I: Cognitive Development
- C427 – Development of Cognition, Language, and Play II: Language Development
- C432 – Family and Culture
- C440 & C441 – Internship and Tutorial I and II
- C450 & C451 – Integrative Seminar I and II
- Assessment Elective (select from one of the options below)
- I392 – Infant/Toddler Screening and Assessment
- I496 – Emerging Developmental Differences
- I497 – Prevention/Early Intervention Methods I
- I498 – Prevention/Early Intervention Methods II
- I499 – Infant & Family Service Systems