Its study makes it clear that there is potential in everybody. At Erikson, you’ll develop a thorough knowledge of child development and best practices. And you’ll become able to improve the lives of the children and families in your care.
Internships are an important component of your MSCD degree work. For two semesters, you’ll put theory into practice by working during the day at custom-selected field placement locations. (Child Life concentration students will complete a 600-hour child life internship.)
Start this Fall or Spring and earn your MSCD degree on campus or online if you choose the Core concentration*. Child Life concentration students start Fall term only.
Study part-time or full-time based on your needs.
Select the specific concentration courses that will prepare you for your chosen focus.
Collaborate with our nationally recognized faculty, build a respected network of colleagues, and learn from the field’s leading voices.
Be seen and heard working closely with your professors and peers.
Learn resilience and healthy professional practices from experienced practitioners.
Put theory into practice.
Learning can never be confined to a classroom — nor should it. Field work is a critical component of your MSCD degree work.
For two semesters, you will be working during the day at custom-selected internship locations for at least 15 hours per week. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to take your learning and lead in your career path.
Each concentration allows you to delve deep into a key area of child development. You’ll build a toolkit of new skills to help you thrive in this demanding field.
Prepare for your role as a Certified Child Life Specialist in hospitals and community-based medical centers
Prepare to work with children, birth to age 8, and their families in a wide range of non-clinical settings.
Prepare for the complex role of infant/family specialist.
Applications received before March 15th (for Fall) and November 15th (for Spring) are given priority consideration for scholarship awards.
Erikson Institute Supports You at Every Step of Your Journey
Our Career Services team is there for you in both the preparation and search for a job.
With hundreds of partnerships and robust networks of alumni and field experts, the Career Services team is here to help you put your education into practice.
Once you graduate, you’ll be able to put your MSCD degree to work right away. Here are a few of the roles Erikson graduates take on after graduation.
MSCD PROGRAM COURSE OPTIONS
Want to know what you’ll uncover while embarking on your MSCD degree? Check out a few examples of the courses you’ll take in our program.
Erikson Institute has partnered with Illinois Gateways to Opportunity to be able to provide an entitled application route for many of our certificate and degree programs.
Students in the Core and Infancy concentrations may seek these additional Illinois Gateways to Opportunity credentials to help demonstrate your content knowledge, skills and experience, especially to potential employers within Illinois.
Our faculty and teaching staff are nationally recognized. With specific research interests and decades of experience, each of our faculty enriches your academic experience, connecting you to new networks and the latest data.
We award over $2 million in scholarships to students enrolled in our degree and certificate programs. Erikson also participates in the federal Direct Loan programs, and assuming you meet all eligibility requirements, you will have access to both Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans to help finance your Erikson education.
Over 90% of our students work either part-time or full-time as they are pursuing their Erikson degree. You can choose to enroll at Erikson as part of the day cohort with most of your classes during the day on Mondays and Wednesdays, or as part of the evening cohort, which will allow you to take your classes in the evenings. The cohort model allows you to balance your work and Erikson course schedules.
The other factor to consider as you think about your work schedule is whether you want to pursue your master’s degree program in two or three years. While there are always exceptions to this, most students who wish to work full time while enrolled at Erikson opt for the three-year program. Students who have more flexibility in their work schedule or want to complete their program in a shorter period of time while working part-time tend to enroll in the two-year program.
It’s important to note that depending on your chosen concentration and specific internship requirements, you will be required to be available during business hours two or three days per week during your internship year. Evening/weekend internships are very uncommon, so we encourage you to plan ahead and communicate as necessary with your employer in advance of your final year in the master’s program.
The staff in our Field Education and Career Services Office will work with you to prepare you for seeking positions while you’re enrolled at Erikson and upon graduating from the program. You’ll receive feedback on your resume and cover letters, and we also maintain a job board on our campus portal where employers list part-time and full-time positions for which they’re hiring.
The Career Services team also plans an annual social work, early education, and child development job fair for Erikson students and alumni. In concert with the job fair, you can submit your resume to be included in an annual Resume Book that we distribute to organizations and managers who are interested in hiring Erikson students and alumni.
Erikson students live in a wide range of neighborhoods in Chicago and in the suburbs. We do not offer campus housing. While we can’t make specific recommendations about where you should live, we encourage you to find a neighborhood that suits your style, taste, and budget. To help you in your housing search, we work closely with StudentSpace, a free apartment-finding service that specializes in helping graduate students find housing in Chicago.
Because of Erikson’s small size, you’ll have access to a wide range of both informal and formal student support services. These include: