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Groundbreaking approach. World-changing potential.

Join us at the premier graduate school for child development, early childhood education, and social work.

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Professional Development

Summer sessions on integrating technology and digital media into the early childhood classroom.

Graduate School

Join our Admissions team in conversation with Erikson Institute co-founder Barbara Bowman on May 5th.

1,800 Days: Podcast Panel Discussion

Join us for a FREE event featuring experts from the 1,800 Days podcast, for a discussion of where childcare in the U.S. can and must go.

Child & Family Services

Erikson Institute provides diagnostic evaluations and mental health services for young children from the Center for Children and Families.

Erikson Institute graduate school is committed to preparing leaders in child development, social work, and early childhood education.

We offer on-campus and online master’s degree and certificate programs. Our graduate-level courses allow you to earn additional credentials or endorsements to demonstrate your expertise, and expand your earning potential.

Erikson Online

Online Master’s in Child Development

Take your child life practice to the next level with knowledge, tools, and approaches that can deliver better outcomes in child life programs. Scholarships and grants are available.
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Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education

Our 100% online M.S. in Early Childhood Education program allows you to attain your degree with affordability and flexibility. Choose from full- and part-time options, and four focus areas. Scholarships and grants available.
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Online Master of Social Work

Announcing a new 100% online program starting Fall 2021. This part time program features the Children, Adolescents and Adults concentration. Scholarships and grants are available.
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Put your passion to work with a Master’s degree in Social Work.

At Erikson, we are committed to creating a supportive community that emphasizes social justice, relationship-based education, and reflective practice — the hallmark of the Erikson experience.

  • Scholarships and grants available
  • Advanced Standing option for BSW
  • More than 150 field placement opportunities

Master’s of Social Work Program

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Our applied research generates new knowledge and invigorates our academic curriculum.

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Policy & Leadership

We help leaders enhance their capacity to positively influence early childhood programs and policies.

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Continuing Education

Our conferences and customized training for professionals are led by experts in childhood development, early childhood education, and social work.

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Our faculty members are recognized scholars and respected voices for children and families.

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The Edward Neisser Library is a supportive resource for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Our alumni are a global community serving the needs of young children and their families.


Erikson prepares child advocates for the real world.

Learn how a graduate experience at Erikson Institute transforms not only your career, but the way you look at yourself and the world.

Our professional experts change lives.

Center for Children and Families

Concerned about your child’s behavior? Our clinical team provides mental health services for families with children birth to age 8.

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Professional Development

We help adults who work with children and families deepen their skills and knowledge, improving their capacity to provide support.

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Stay Informed with the Latest News from Erikson

Advocating on behalf of children means staying up-to-date with the latest news, research, and policies.


May 13, 2022

Support Young Children in Developing Healthy Digital Media Habits

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April 25, 2022

Increases to Illinois’ State Budget for Early Childhood

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March 25, 2022

1,800 Days: The History of Early Childhood Education
Episode 4: Post-Head Start

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Erikson Store

We are excited to announce Erikson now offers a range of merchandise for purchase in our online store, located on CafePress. Check back often, as our stock will always be changing and expanding!

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