Our mission

Erikson Institute is an independent institution of higher education that prepares child development and family service professionals for leadership. Through its academic programs, applied research, and community service and engagement, Erikson advances the ability of practitioners, researchers, and decision makers to improve life for children and their families. The Institute is a catalyst for discovery and change, continually bringing the newest scientific knowledge and theories of children’s development and learning into its classrooms and out to the community so that professionals serving children and families are informed, inspired, and responsive.

Our values

Since its founding in 1966, Erikson has adhered to this remarkably stable and cohesive set of values that are shared by Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students.

  • Relationship-based education: The Erikson approach to education recognizes the centrality of relationships in all learning.
  • Commitment to social justice: Erikson seeks equality and justice in education and care for all children and all families.
  • Diversity: Erikson prepares professionals to work with populations that vary in race, ethnicity, and physical and mental abilities.
  • Complexity: The Institute seeks to understand and value the interplay of various biological, psychological, cultural, historical, and social factors that influence each child.
  • High standards and excellence: Graduates consistently report Erikson’s academic programs to be exacting but more than worth the effort.