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MSCD Core Concentration: Child Development Specialist Degree

Prepare to best serve the complex needs of children and their families.

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Child Development Expertise with Professional Applications

Shape your Erikson degree based on specific interests based whether for your current career or desired professional evolution. Prepare to work with children, birth to age 8, and their families, in a wide range of non-clinical settings that can include: early childhood education and child care programs, informal education programs within museums and zoos, and early childhood research, policy and advocacy organizations.


Our Program is Made For You

This 33-36 credit hour program can be personalized to focus on the areas and electives of your choice.

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High Demand Skills

Gain highly sought after expertise to sharpen your competitive edge in the marketplace.

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This concentrations prepares you to seek the Early Care and Education (ECE) Credential, Levels 2-6, through the Entitled Route.

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Internship Experience

Complete an internship with options that include direct service, informal education, applied research, and parent/ family support services.

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Your Ideal Program  

Depending on your goals, choose from a 2 year or 3 year program.

Explore a Few of the Concentration Courses

In this core concentration, you have a choice of electives across topics such as social and emotional learning, child development, infancy, and leadership and advocacy.

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Family and Culture
This course is designed to help students gain knowledge about diversity through an examination of social science research on child development, child rearing across cultures, and issues of equity, power, and privilege.
Social & Emotional Development I:  Infancy and Childhood
This course focuses on the study of social and emotional development in children from birth through age eight.
Applied Developmental Neuroscience
This course is an examination of physical growth and development beginning with prenatal development and extending through eight years of age.
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Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

Financial Aid Options  Tuition and Fees


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Further your marketability with our Gateway to Opportunity Credential.

Erikson Institute has partnered with Illinois Gateways to Opportunity to be able to provide an entitled application route for the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education Credential, Levels 2-6.

Students in the Core Concentration may seek these additional Illinois Gateways to Opportunity credentials to help demonstrate your content knowledge, skills and experience, especially to potential employers within Illinois. The application process, timing and related costs may vary.

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MSCD Generalist Concentration FAQs

Here are answers to frequently asked questions.

The MSCD Program with the Core Concentration is available in both online and hybrid formats. Online students will need to select from available online elective courses.

You will be responsible for identifying potential internship locations that could include direct service, informal education, applied research, or parent/ family support services. Erikson will support you in securing an internship with mentoring and coaching.