MA in Infant and Early Childhood Development

Be the difference in the lives of tomorrow’s infants, young children, and their families

Fielding’s MA in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in Mental Health (MA IECD) is a multidisciplinary degree focusing on the critical period of development, 0-6 years of age. 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 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.


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  • 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

The Infant and Early Childhood Development (IECD) program (PhD and Masters) is a partner with the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (Alliance). The Alliance is a global organization of those states and countries whose infant mental health associations have licensed the use of the Competency Guidelines® and/or the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship- Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (Endorsement®) under their associations’ names.


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Apply by November 13 to start in January.

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"Students build professional relationships across disciplines. I have opportunities to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team within the Fielding community, which helps me enhance how I deliver services to families."

Elvia Cortes, student

Infant and Early Childhood Development