Our mission

Erikson Institute is an independent institution of higher education that prepares child development and family service professionals for leadership. Through its academic programs, applied research, and community service and engagement, Erikson advances the ability of practitioners, researchers, and decision makers to improve life for children and their families.

The Institute is a catalyst for discovery and change, continually bringing the newest scientific knowledge and theories of children’s development and learning into its classrooms and out to the community so that professionals serving children and families are informed, inspired, and responsive.

Our values

Since its founding in 1966, Erikson has adhered to this remarkably stable and cohesive set of values that are shared by Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students.

  • Relationship-based education: The Erikson approach to education recognizes the centrality of relationships in all learning.
  • Commitment to social justice: Erikson seeks to contribute to a significant improvement in the quality, effectiveness, and equity of education and services for all children and families and to help children develop to their fullest potential.
  • Diversity: Dedicated to addressing the interests and needs of an increasingly diverse society, Erikson prepares professionals to work with populations that vary in age, race, ethnicity, and physical and mental abilities.
  • Complexity: Erikson seeks to understand and value the interplay of various biological, psychological, cultural, historical, and social factors that influence each child.
  • High standards and excellence: Graduates consistently report Erikson’s academic programs to be exacting but more than worth the effort.

Our vision

Erikson’s work is inspired by a single overriding vision:

Erikson’s vision is that every adult who works with young children will be knowledgeable, aware, skilled, and alive to the possibilities that each child presents.

We are passionately committed to helping every child reach his or her potential and supporting children and families in every way possible, and we believe that we are uniquely qualified as educators, researchers, and citizens to realize this vision.