Find your why at erikson
Find your graduate program at Erikson Institute, Chicago’s premier graduate school with a 100% focus on early childhood. Join us at the forefront of the field, connecting knowledge to research to policy to inspire leaders and professionals — all in the service of children and families.
In-person, hybrid, virtual. Part-time. Full-time. At Erikson, our graduate programs are designed to accommodate the life busy people lead.
Pursue studies grounded in developmental psychology while drawing on insights from neurobiology, anthropology, education, sociology, and health.
Attend an institution where faculty, staff, and peers know your name and your story. When you attend Erikson, you join a global network of early childhood leaders.
Learn from and network with Erikson faculty, nationally recognized for their knowledge, scholarship, and expertise.
Apply your learning in real-time with up to 900 hours of supervised field work, taking theory and putting it into practice using reflection to gain new insights.
Realize your capacity for professional self-awareness and self-care and create more profound, productive connections with the clients, communities, and organizations you serve.
With flexible in-person, hybrid, and online early childhood graduate programs for degree-, certificate-, or licensure-seeking students, Erikson Institute offers a focused path towards career enhancement.
Choose one of our hybrid or fully virtual Master’s degree programs in early child development, early childhood education, or social work.
Learn how culture, social class, and social relationships influence human development, from infancy through middle childhood, in our flexible Child Development PhD program.
Dive deep into early childhood programs to earn new credentials that both improve your career prospects and enrich the lives of children with whom you work.
Seek your post-master’s early childhood education license or ECE endorsement in one of two intensive one-year programs designed for those who want to work with young children.
92% of our master’s degree students who graduated in 2020 found a job in their field within 6 months of graduation.
Early Childhood Graduate Program Faculty
Learn from the field’s experts.
At Erikson Institute, our nationally-recognized faculty share knowledge, research, and experiences to guide tomorrow’s leaders.
Develop close and collaborative relationships with Erikson’s professors — respected voices for children doing the critical work and research to further our practices — and become a leader in your field.