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The premier graduate school in child development, early education, and social work

An Erikson Institute degree can help you make a difference for young children and their families.


Put your passion to work with an MSW degree.

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.

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  • Advanced Standing option for BSW
  • More than 100 field placement opportunities

Master of Social Work


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Erikson Online

Hone your skills affordably and flexibly with our 100% online program featuring guaranteed scholarship funding, full- and part-time options, and five in-demand concentrations (Leadership/Advocacy, STEM, SEL, Bilingual/ESL, and Language/Literacy). No GRE required.

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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 policy.

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Our workshops for professionals are led by experts in childhood development, early 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.

Our 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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Fussy Baby Network

Our infant specialists provide support over the phone and in homes for families struggling with their infants’ crying, sleeping, and feeding.

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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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Messages From The President

Jeff Nagle, President & CEO - Erikson

Geoffrey A. Nagle, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer

Erikson Institute Excited to Partner with Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker

Erikson Institute congratulates J.B. Pritzker on becoming the 43rd Governor of Illinois. A core component of Erikson’s work is advocating for public policies that benefit very young children and their families, and Governor-elect Pritzker has long supported such initiatives. Read more 

Helping very young children feel safe in the wake of traumatic public events

As Chicago, and the nation, awaits a verdict in the highly-publicized trial of police officer Jason Van Dyke for the tragic shooting death of Laquan McDonald, Erikson Institute is focused on the impact that reactions to this controversial event will have on very young children. Read more 

A crisis call for Illinois

Newly released data: 76 percent of Illinois children are not ready for kindergarten. That should be a wake-up call to the fact that school success begins with investments as early in life as possible. Read more

Children at the border

The practice of separating families that arrive at the southern U.S. border is creating a humanitarian crisis and potentially inflicting trauma on young children. Read more

Affirming our values

During a period of uncertainty and change, Erikson remains committed to the ideals of inclusion, fairness, and social justice, as well as ensuring that all children have an equitable opportunity to achieve their full potential. Read more


February 8, 2019

New Training Opportunity For Early Childhood Education Leaders Announced

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February 7, 2019

Trauma-focused training series brings national infant and early childhood mental health experts to Chicago

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February 4, 2019

Erikson Researchers release first report from new home-based child care study

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