What can you do with an Erikson education?

The opportunities are virtually unlimited. Our graduates are leading and making an impact in a wide range of disciplines and settings. Erikson graduates work wherever young children and families are.

  • Social work
  • Early childhood education
  • Early intervention
  • Infant mental health
  • Child and family therapy
  • Hospitals & therapeutic settings
  • Preschools
  • Child care programs
  • Public and private schools
  • Children’s museums
  • Private practice
  • Social service agencies

Potential careers

See how our alumni have put their Erikson education to work.

Alumni profiles

Meet some of our alumni and see how they’re using their Erikson experience to make an impact in the lives of children and families, and in the field of early childhood.

Alumni survey results

Alumni agree that “Erikson was worth the investment,” and “Erikson had a huge impact on my career.”

Job placement

Of the 72 master’s degree students who graduated in 2013, 92% of those seeking employment (49 of 53) were working in the field six months following graduation.

Most of the remaining graduates were pursuing additional degrees. Four were not seeking employment. Four did not respond to our request for information or were not employed in the field.

  2013 graduates Working in the field Continuing education Not seeking employment Unknown/ Not in field
M.S. in Child Development 38 31 1 2 4
No specialization 22 18 0 2 2
Administration 5 3 1 0 1
Child life 2 1 0 0 1
Family services 1 1 0 0 0
Infancy 8 8 0 0 0
Dual Degree
M.S./M.S.W.
14 0 14* 0 0
M.S. in Early Childhood Education 15 13 0 2 0
M.S. in Early Childhood Education
(Type 04)
5 5 0 0 0
Total 72 49 15 4 4
Percentage   68% 20.8% 5.5% 5.5%
Accurate as of February 2014.
* 2013 graduates with M.S. from Erikson, still pursuing M.S.W. from Loyola.

Update on 2012 graduates: Of the 23 child development graduates who continued in Loyola’s M.S.W. program, 20 graduated with the M.S.W. Eighteen are employed within six months of completing the M.S.W. Two are continuing in school.

View job placement rates for previous years

Career services

Erikson is committed to helping our students and alumni explore career options and find employment opportunities. View career services