College of Professional and Continuing Studies

Dual Master’s Degree in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice

Combine your degree with our M.S. in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice

The Adelphi University Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice (IMH-DP) program is a remarkable opportunity for those who already have a graduate degree or are currently obtaining a master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Speech-Language Pathology and School Psychology.

Students will be trained to provide Infant Mental Health services to high-need, at-risk birth through five-year-old children with social emotional challenges, developmental disabilities, or other special needs and their families. The program consists of lectures, courses, clinically based learning experiences and integrative seminars that will broaden candidates’ learning.

» What Is Infant Mental Health?

» What Is Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice?

Admission Criteria

For Entrance at the Postgraduate Related Services Professional Level

Requirement for admission to Adelphi University Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice (IMH-DP) program is based on prior academic performance and values that are congruent with the field of Infant Mental Health.

Admission requirements include:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university from a related services field including Social Work, Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Counseling, School Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology/Communication Sciences Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and some Nursing sub-specialties
  • A professional license from governing board in related services field
  • Personal characteristics and qualifications related to successful professional performance consistent with the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (NYS-AIMH) Code of Ethics
  • A minimum of 3.0 graduate GPA on a four-point scale
  • An interview with the IMH-DP Admissions Committee
  • Three reference letters- preferably from previous supervisors in the field, college/graduate level faculty or other non-relatives who can evaluate readiness for this specialized graduate study
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A personal statement of how your interest in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice developed, including life experiences that influenced this choice

For Entrance During Graduate-Level Education to Obtain Dual Master’s Degrees as Related Services Professionals (Primary Degree Program with dual title in IMHDP)

The IMH-DP graduate master’s degree will be obtained as part of an intra-university collaboration between the Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice Master’s degree program and four Adelphi programs that train related services personnel in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Speech and Language Pathology, and School Psychology. Students will participate in the IMH-DP master’s degree program by enrolling in IMH-DP for 15 months (May/June to a year from the following August) some time before the final year of their primary degree program, from which they will be license eligible. They will finish their primary degree programs one year later with both degrees conferred.

Requirements for admission to the Adelphi University Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice Program is based on prior academic performance and values that are congruent with the field of Infant Mental Health.

Admission requirements include:

  • Successful admissions to a master’s degree program at Adelphi University in a related services field; currently including Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, School Psychology, and Speech-Language Pathology/Communication Sciences Disorders
  • Personal characteristics and qualifications related to successful professional performance consistent with the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (NYS-AIMH) Code of Ethics
  • A minimum of 3.0 graduate GPA on a four-point scale in license eligible program
  • An interview with the IMH-DP Admissions Committee
  • Three reference letters- preferably from previous supervisors in the field, college/graduate level faculty or other non-relatives who can evaluate readiness for this specialized graduate study
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A personal statement of how your interest in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice developed, including life experiences that influenced this choice

The Admission Review Process

Applications will be collected including:

  1. Application
  2. Three letters of reference
  3. Personal statement
  4. All transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  5. If post-graduate applicant:
    • Copy of diploma from master’s program from related services program
    • Copy of professional license in related services field

Application packets will be reviewed independently by two of the IMH-DP staff

  • If both staff members agree to interview, applicant will be contacted and scheduled for an interview
  • If both staff members agree that the applicant is not a good fit for the program, applicant will receive letter of rejection and not be offered an interview
  • If one staff member would like to interview and the other disagrees, a third staff member from the IMH-DP staff will review the packet and make decision regarding interview

Interview Process

Applicants who are offered interviews will come for an interview with at least two members of the IMH-DP staff.

  • Interviewees who do not meet criteria for the program will be sent a letter of rejection
  • Letters of acceptance will be sent to appropriate applicants

For more information , please contact:

Nicole Trotter, LMSW
Project Manager

Adelphi University
Institute for Parenting
Linen Hall, LL Room 11B
p – 516.237.8511
e – ntrotter@adelphi.edu

 

For further information, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
e – graduateadmissions@adelphi.edu
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