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Groundbreaking approach.
World-changing potential.

See the Erikson Difference

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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.

Next application deadline: April 15 for August start.
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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
  • More than 100 field placement opportunities

Master of Social Work

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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 five in-demand concentrations (Leadership/Advocacy, STEM, SEL, Bilingual/ESL, and Language/Literacy). No GRE required.

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Look to us for knowledge and insight.

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Research

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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Workshops

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

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Faculty

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

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Library

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

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Alumni

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

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Our experts change lives
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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
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March 4, 2019

Erikson’s Director of Policy Cristina Pacione-Zayas appointed to Illinois State Board of Education

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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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Make a gift to Erikson to strengthen and sustain work that has limitless, lifelong influence on young children and their families. And that gives every gift meaning beyond measure.

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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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