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Infant & Family Development and Early Intervention/Dual Degree with Hunter College School of Social Work


  • Program Overview

    In this program you will learn the skills necessary to be a social worker working with babies, toddlers and families in a variety of settings.

    You will learn from experienced faculty at both Bank Street College and Hunter College as you earn two Master’s degrees.

    • For applicants seeking a Master’s degree in social work with a specialization in early development.
    • Leads to eligibility for licensure as a social worker.
    • This program does not lead to certification in education.

    This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education, requiring 34 credits, and a Master of Social Work, with additional course requirements for the social work degree from Hunter College School of Social Work.

  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the main admissions criteria, there is an additional requirement needed to apply for this program:

    • Applicants must also apply separately to Hunter’s program and be admitted into both.
  • Coursework

  • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

    The heart of the program is a year-long supervised fieldwork experience.

    • Your opportunity to connect theory and practice.
    • You will have a reflective relationship with a mentor and a group of peers.
    • Your experiences will include typically developing children, as well as with children with more specialized needs.
    • You will have the flexibility to do your fieldwork in a paid position or as a student teacher.

    Note: Additional fieldwork is required at Hunter College.

  • Career Opportunities

    Our graduates work as:

    • Child/Parent Psychotherapists
    • Family specialists in Early Intervention
    • Parent/child group facilitators
    • Early Head Start family workers
    • Play therapists
    • Foster care case workers
    • Home visitors and home visiting supervisors
  • Faculty

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The Infancy Institute

An annual conference for current and aspiring infant/toddler specialists

Each year, Bank Street’s Infancy Institute welcomes hundreds of infant/toddler specialists to explore cutting-edge developments in research, relationship-based practice, and family-centered care. The conference has educated thousands of professionals for over three decades by setting them up with the tools to thrive in the many settings where they work with our youngest children.An annual conference for current and aspiring infant/toddler specialists

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