Erikson currently offers four graduate-level infant studies courses online.
Who are these courses for?
These courses, drawn from the on-campus Irving B. Harris Infant Specialist Certificate Program, provide the knowledge necessary for success in the complex role of the infant/family specialist.
They are designed for professionals who work with children from birth to age three and their families, in fields such as early intervention, education, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, and speech and language pathology.
These courses are taught by Erikson faculty and offer the same high standards as our face-to-face graduate level courses, but offer the convenience of studying at a time and place that fits your schedule.
Is online learning right for you?
Our online courses are designed to foster interactive student involvement through asynchronous online discussions. While online courses offer great flexibility, they also require a significant time commitment.
Want to know more about online learning at Erikson? Wondering if online learning is a good fit for your lifestyle and learning style? These resources will help you decide.
- Advantages of online learning
- How online courses work
- Recommended skills for online learning
- Technical requirements
- Distance learning self-assessment
These courses may be taken on a letter grade basis, which may be applied toward our on-campus Infant Specialist Certificate Program, or on a pass/fail basis for professional development credit. Before you apply, please review the important differences and consider carefully which grading option will best fit your professional goals.
Credit type comparison
|Grade Basis||Pass/Fail||Letter Grade|
|Cost||$1,650 for 3 credit hours||$3,000 for 3 credit hours|
|Illinois Early Intervention credential||
Yes, courses I390, I391, and I392 may be taken for professional development credit and have been approved by Provider Connections for the four core knowledge content areas required for credentialing for Illinois Early Intervention Providers, Part C EI services
|Yes, courses I390, I391, and I392 may be taken for academic credit and have been approved by Provider Connections for the four core knowledge content areas required for credentialing for Illinois Early Intervention Providers, Part C EI services|
All courses are offered at the graduate level. For this reason, you must have a bachelor’s degree to enroll.
Online courses are subject to the same academic policies as our on-campus offerings, including drop-add deadlines. Dropping a course after the first week of an academic term is considered a withdrawal and has financial and grading ramifications. No refunds will be offered to enrollees who withdraw from the online course after the deadline.
Admission requires a completed application, a telephone interview, and an official transcript documenting receipt of a bachelor’s degree. (Note: Transcripts must be sent directly to Erikson from each college or university. Transcripts issued to students cannot be accepted.)
Apply online using our student-at-large application form:
Those taking online courses on a pass/fail basis must apply using the same application form. We must receive all of your application materials, including transcript, no later than two weeks before the beginning of the term in which the course is being offered.
For more information about infant specialist online courses or the campus-based Infant Specialist Certificate Program, you may contact the program co-director, Sharon Syc, Ph.D., at [email protected] or (312) 893-7187, or contact the Office of Admission at [email protected] or (312) 755-2250.
Or simply fill out the request for more information:
Note: While these online courses meet some requirements of the infant specialist certificate program, other program requirements may involve enrolling in on-campus courses. Please contact the program co-director, Sharon Syc, Ph.D., at [email protected] or (312) 893-7187, to discuss the possibility of completing the remaining courses required for the certificate in an online format.