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Enrich and improve the lives of children and families with graduate work at Erikson Institute.


Building Bright Futures: Why Choose Erikson?
Caleb Shannon, Student

Take the Next Step to Advance Children’s Wellbeing

Every child deserves the expertise early childhood specialists offer.

As early childhood experts , our graduates go on to change the world, one child at a time. Our degree programs and professional development opportunities are centered in racial equity and lead to inspiration and transformation.

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A Supportive Environment for Early Childhood Leaders

Nancy Carillo
MSW 2024
“ As a student at Erikson Institute, I have discovered a high-quality graduate program in social work and child development which has transformed my practice as an educational coach and developmental therapist. ”
Ashley Telman
Online MS Early Childhood Education 2020
“ Thanks to my work at Erikson, I have a stronger sense of how to work with educators, families, and children who may have different goals or approaches when it comes to early childhood education. ”
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Zenia Haynes
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate 2022
“ The beauty of the program is that it meets the student where they are, and using strength-based approaches and reflection, helps students to see what they can contribute to make the world a better place. ”

Accelerate Change with Child-Focused Academic Programs

With a range of degree-granting academic programs in fields critical to the wellbeing of children, advancing your education at Erikson gives you the child development lens through which to inspire change.

Serve children and help them overcome obstacles by earning your MSW.

Impact child-focused fields with a research-based child development lens.

Prepare to teach every child that walks through your classroom door.

Professional Development to Advance Your Career

Enrich your work with professional development opportunities.

What we know about child development is always changing — and as we gain new knowledge, we are better able to inform our practices in child development, early care, early education, mental health, and social work.

Explore our courses, seminars, and professional development workshops for access to the latest research.

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100% of applicants who complete the FAFSA are eligible for scholarships.

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Eminent Faculty. Preeminent Opportunities.

Network with leaders and experts in your field.

At Erikson Institute, you’ll work alongside leaders in the field of child development. Find out how experts in the field research and advocate on behalf of children throughout Chicago and, to that end, around the world.

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Where Community & Leadership Thrive

What makes an Erikson Institute student?

At Erikson, you get more than a degree or credential. With a community of child-focused experts on your side, you’ll have the network, resources, and opportunities to advance your career and advocate for children everywhere.

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