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Degree Programs

Take the next step forward in your career with a graduate degree or certificate program.


The Illinois Risk and Reach Report is a set of data tools for early childhood.


The Fussy Baby Network helps families struggling with their infants’ crying, sleeping or feeding.

2019 Annual Luncheon

Join us for a celebration of our work helping to shape the lives of young children and families.

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.

  • Guaranteed scholarships
  • Advanced Standing option for BSW
  • Post-MSW Professional Educator License (PEL) option for MSW
  • More than 100 field placement opportunities

Master of Social Work


Change your life.

Shape the future.

Erikson Online

Hone your skills affordably and flexibly with our 100% online MS in early Childhood Development program featuring guaranteed scholarships funding, full- and part-time options, and six in-demand concentrations. Concentrations include: Bilingual/ESL, Language/Literacy, Leadership/Advocacy, Social Emotional Learning, Special Education, and STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math). 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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Updates from Erikson

August 8, 2019

Turning anger and anguish into action

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July 31, 2019

Erikson mourns the loss of world-renowned educator and writer, Vivian Gussin Paley

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July 17, 2019

Alumni Spotlight – Kia Ferrer, MS ’10 in Child Development

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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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