The Dual Degree program admissions are being paused for this year. We are not accepting applications for the Fall 2022 deadline, but may resume for Fall 2023. Please connect with us next fall if you are interested in applying.
DUAL DEGREE OVERVIEW
The first of its kind in the nation, this program is offered in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Civitas ChildLaw Center. Develop the leadership skills needed to advocate for children and families, and learn how to identify and address inequality in law and policy.
As a graduate of this program, you’ll earn an MS in Child Development from Erikson and an MJ in Children’s Law and Policy from Loyola University of Chicago.
Start in Fall or Spring and earn both a MS and a MJ in a hybrid format.
Start this Fall and earn your MS/MJ on campus with some online courses.
Collaborate with our nationally recognized faculty, build a respected network of field experts, and learn from the field’s leading voices.
Gain real world professional experience during a two-semester internship, applying all you’ve learned in the field.
This concentration prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education (ECE) Credential, Levels 2-5, through the Entitled Route.
Attend an Education Immersion Weekend, hosted annually by Loyola to reinforce what you have learned in class, as well as providing a venue for networking.
Gain a professional toolkit so you can be your most effective. Learn resilience and healthy professional practices alongside experienced practitioners.
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.
Applications received by March 15th (for Fall) and November 15th (for Spring & Summer) will receive primary consideration for scholarship awards.
Erikson Institute Supports You Every Step of the Way
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 degree to work right away. Here are a few of the roles Erikson graduates take on after graduation.
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 the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education Credential, Levels 2-5.
Students in the Dual Degree 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.
Gain expert perspectives working closely with leaders in the field.
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 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.
Because this is a 2½- or 3-year program (depending on whether you start in the fall or spring term), you will most likely be able to work either part-time or full-time during the first two years of the program before you start your internship year.
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: