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Infant and 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.

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  • 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