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Master of Science in Early Childhood Education Early Intervention

Prepare to work with children aged birth to 5 in early intervention systems with this non-licensure program.

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Advance Your Work to Address Early Developmental Challenges in Infants and Toddlers

Erikson Institute’s Online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education Early Intervention is an infant mental health informed program designed for professionals looking for continuing education opportunities and seeking a deeper understanding of early childhood development. This program is focused on how children aged birth to 5 develop and learn in the context of relationships with their parents and caregivers in publicly funded Part C Early Intervention systems and other systems serving infants, young children, and their families.

You’ll gain the necessary knowledge and qualifications that will allow you to intervene to address early developmental challenges and set children, particularly infants, up for a better chance at reaching their full potential. In successfully completing this degree, you will be eligible for credentialing as a Developmental Therapist in Illinois and other credentials/endorsements related to infancy and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECHMH). This degree does not lead to teacher education licensure.

Pivot Your Career to Help the Children Most in Need with this Early Intervention Master’s

Join our first cohort of the new online program this Spring (January 2025). Take courses with both asynchronous and synchronous content developed with a focus on infant and young child mental health.

36 Credit Hours


Spring or Fall Start Date

Part-Time: 28-months or 3 years

Full-Time: 2 years

$1,157 Credit Hour

Why Erikson

Earn Your Master’s in Early Childhood Education Early Intervention in a Supportive Community

Gain a deeper understanding of young children and families with an online MSECE degree designed for working professionals.

Flexible Study Options

Study part-time or full-time with this 100% online MSECE program so you can better balance life, work, and your studies.

Career Services

Lean into Erikson’s comprehensive career advancement support.

Faculty Experts

Collaborate with our nationally recognized faculty, build a respected network of field experts, and learn from the field’s leading voices.

Comprehensive Classes

Our online early childhood education program delivers an exceptional range of child development knowledge in small, personal classes.

Self-Reflective Supervision Seminars

Gain a professional toolkit so you can be your most effective. Learn resilience and healthy professional practices alongside experienced practitioners.

Gain Experience with Extraordinary Early Intervention Field Placements

Put theory into practice.

Learning can never be confined to a classroom — nor should it. Field work is a critical component of your early childhood education degree work. First, you’ll have one term of a practicum working with one child/family for 2 hours per week.

Next, you’ll will be working during the day at custom-selected internship locations for 10-12 hours per week for 2 terms. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to take your learning and lead in your career path.

Terms of Field Experience
240 +
Internship Hours Over 1 Year
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How Much Does a Master’s in Early Childhood Education Early Intervention Cost?

Your Online MSECE degree shouldn’t break the bank.

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, we’re here to help you achieve your professional goals.

Financial Aid Options  Tuition and Fees


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Applications received before March 15th (for Fall) and November 15th (for Spring) are given priority consideration for scholarship awards.

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Career Services

Erikson Institute Supports You Every Step of the Way

Find jobs in early childhood studies, social work, human development, elementary education, social work, and more. Our Career Services team is there for you in both the preparation and search for a job.

  • Career counseling and workshops
  • Annual job fair and networking events
  • Interview prep and resume reviews
  • Career placement program
  • Current student and graduate resume book

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.

Meet our Career Specialists

Sarah Martinez
Senior Instructor, Infant Studies Associate Director
“ For many years, Illinois’ Early Intervention system has used the motto “The sooner we start, the further they will go”. We know early intervention works to support the development of infants and young children. Our new master’s degree, focused on supporting students to become early intervention professionals, is uniquely designed with an infant mental health focus. ”

Career Paths

Open New Doors with Your Erikson MSECE Degree

Once you graduate, you’ll be able to put your MSECE degree to work right away. Here are a few of the roles Erikson graduates take on after graduation.

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  • Early Intervention specialist or service coordinator
  • Developmental specialist/therapist
  • Home visitor
  • Family support specialist
  • Child welfare worker
  • Parent educator
  • Child care administrator
  • Community & government specialist or coordinator
  • Faculty & professional development coordinator

Additional Infant Mental Health Credentials

Add to your degree program with both embedded and optional external credentials. In some instances, graduates of this program will be eligible for additional training and or certification at an additional cost to the student. Students may need to pass additional tests or requirements.

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Zero to Three DC: 0-5 Clinical Training

The training on the first developmentally based system for diagnosing mental health and developmental disorders in infants and toddlers is free and completed during your graduate studies.

Illinois Developmental Therapy Association

With this degree you will be prepared to become a developmental therapist. You can join this association at a discounted price and take advantage of their training to add to your resume.

Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) – Level 1 and Level II

Developed by Erikson Institute and internationally recognized, you will complete a course on FAN as part of your degree.

DIR/Floortime – Level 201

Upon completion of your degree, you will be qualified for Level 201 certification from the International Council on Development and Learning, after paying their registration fee.

Educational leadership

Erikson Professors are Leaders in the Field

Gain expert perspectives working closely with leaders in the field.

Erikson’s Early Childhood Education program faculty 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.

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Early Intervention Program FAQs

Find answers to questions students ask about the Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education Early Intervention program.

Each state has its own requirements for working in early child care intervention. Students should review their state’s requirements in preparation for this career. Erikson Institute has created a program based on requirements for Illinois. You can find out more about your state or territory’s early intervention program here.

Erikson’s program potentially meet credentialing requirements in Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas.

Students need to confirm their state’s requirements as they may change and are outside of the purview of Erikson.

No but Erikson Institute is an approved educational program with the Alliance, meaning our program coursework will be cross walked with their competencies in the near future. The Endorsement through the Alliance is only available to people who live in Alliance states. Illinois is not an Alliance state.

The coursework in this degree program meets the criteria for educational requirements for this credential. Upon completion of this degree, graduates in Illinois can choose to pursue this credential at their cost upon meeting the requirement of three years of post-master’s degree experience in the field.

Over 90% of our students work either part-time or full-time as they are pursuing their Erikson degree.

The ability to balance the demands of the Early Intervention program, work responsibilities, and your personal/family commitments will depend on many factors. Key among these will be your own organizational and time-management skills, the intensity of the demands on your time, and your personal support system.

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 28 months, depending on term start) or three years.

The program length for part-time programs is dependent upon your term start. Students staring in Spring will have a 28-month length while those starting in Fall will have a 3-year program.

The full-time program is available in Fall term only and is 2 years in length.

You will be responsible for identifying potential internship locations. Erikson will support you in securing an internship with mentoring and coaching.

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.

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 care 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.

For each course, you will need access to a computer with internet access an average of five out of seven days a week, for a total of 10 or more hours per week. You can log in to Erikson Online anytime and anywhere, from any computer connected to the internet (home, work, computer lab, public wi-fi location, etc.). High-speed internet access is required (minimum speed of 512kbps is strongly recommended).
Hardware requirements:

  • A personal computer running Windows 7 (or higher) or a Mac running OSX 10.7 (or higher) with at least 1GB of RAM
  • Your system must be able to run the latest web browsers listed below:
    • Chrome 86 and 87
    • Firefox 83 and 84 (Extended Releases are not supported*)
    • Edge 86 and 87
    • Safari 13 and 14 (Macs only)
    • Monitor with screen resolution of 1024 x 768 (or higher)
  • USB/Firewire web camera (or built-in camera)
  • USB headset/microphone (or built-in speakers and mic)
  • Printer


Software requirements:

  • Zoom (free basic account)
  • Email software: Erikson email ( is required; a free account is provided once you are accepted into the program

Because of Erikson’s small size, you’ll have access to a wide range of both informal and formal student support services to support your student life and educational needs. These include:

  • The Field Education and Career Services team will help you identify and apply for your internship placement. Erikson has hundreds of pre-approved internship sites, so you don’t have to worry about finding a placement site on your own.
  • Advising about your financial aid options, including personal financial education, is coordinated through the Financial Aid Office.
  • Academic advising is facilitated through your faculty advisor and program director.
  • The Academic Success Center provides services to help you with the academic reading and writing expectations of your program. The Center also sponsors discussion groups for selected master’s program courses.
  • The Director of Disability Services provides advising and support for students with disabilities and students who need accommodations for their academic work.
  • WorkLifeMatters is a confidential student assistance program offered to all Erikson students through Guardian and Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH). You have unlimited access to consult with a professional counselor via telephone. Face-to-face counseling sessions are available, if needed, with an IBH network provider — and up to eight sessions are free of charge as part of WorkLifeMatters.
  • Validated parking at a reduced rate is provided to Erikson students in three nearby parking garages. You will also have access to deeply discounted public transportation through the CTA U-Pass program.