Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    
    Sep 20, 2021  
Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Infant & Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in Mental Health & Developmental Disorders, PhD (with optional concentrations)


This PhD is a multidisciplinary doctoral program in mental health and developmental disorders covering topics such as autism spectrum, sensory integration, ADHD, and mood disorder. The program offers a unique link between various disciplines within a relationship-based developmental framework. Also used is a common language across disciplinary boundaries so that students can deepen their understanding of each of the disciplines.

Students study multiple factors affecting an infant’s and family’s well-being within a framework including mental health, education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language development, and the neurosciences. The faculty teaches typical and atypical infant and family development using a curriculum that includes physiological, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social, and cross-cultural perspectives.

A pathway master’s is awarded upon completion of the Foundations course area.

The program offers an optional concentration in:

  • Reflective Practice & Supervision

In addition, students may structure their elective choices to fulfill concentrations offered by School of Leadership Studies doctoral programs. For the full list of concentration offerings, see Doctoral Concentrations .

Required Coursework:


Effective date: 09/01/2021

Research & Statistics, 16 credits


One course chosen from:


Electives (none required)


See course section of catalog for descriptions and course registration for availability. 

Comprehensives, 4 credits


Total Semester Credits: 89


Optional Concentrations


Students can optionally complete electives for the Reflective Practice concentration listed below, or, can choose to take electives in other concentrations offered through the School of Leadership Studies. In this way, students can individualize their doctoral program and expand their professional expertise. Each concentration typically includes a minimum of three tailored courses and access to a community of scholar-practitioners who are passionate about this specialized field of study.

Reflective Practice/Supervision Concentration


The doctoral concentration in Reflective Practice/Supervision is designed to teach students the theory of reflective practice/supervision and how to apply it to their professional work experiences in clinical, educational, administrative, or organizational systems.