Infant & Family Development

Marjorie BrickleyMarjorie Brickley
Program Director

Alanna NavitskiAlanna Navitski
Program Director

Which program is right for you?

If you are hoping to earn your first teaching certification to work with infants and toddlers, we offer a program in general and special education at the early childhood level (birth through grade two):

If you already have certification in general education (or are close to receiving your certification), you are seeking a master's degree that leads to professional certification in the area of your first certification, and you wish to earn certification in early intervention or to teach children with disabilities we offer the following program:

Individuals interested in social work and in the developmental needs of infants and toddlers and their families may choose the dual degree program between Bank Street College and Hunter School of Social Work:


The programs emphasize human growth and development in the earliest years, as well as the design of classroom environments and activities especially appropriate for these children.

All graduate students in the Infant and Family Development programs share common coursework focusing on:

  • The developmental needs of typically and atypically developing children
  • Assessing infants and toddlers and accommodating their needs
  • Ways of working with families
  • Understanding the cycle of observation, assessment, and instructional planning

Learn through small classes and through extensive supervised fieldwork advisement in classroom settings, mentored by a faculty advisor.