Join a community of early childhood leaders and professionals.
We provide a supportive and intimate learning environment for our students.
A trusted and respected institute for nearly 60 years.
At Erikson Institute, we share your passion for children’s wellbeing. Come learn with a community of educators, social workers, and researchers committed to creating a more equitable future for all children.
Choose a graduate school committed to your success.
With faculty and staff who know your name and story, Erikson Institute delivers a personalized graduate school experience.
You are more than a number. We take a holistic view of your story, working with you to build tomorrow’s future early childhood leaders.
Our passion for understanding the complex nature of children, who are after all people, connects us.
Centered in Chicago, Erikson partners with numerous community organizations to ensure the latest research and services reach those in need.
Your degree is the beginning of a journey — yours. With an Erikson Institute graduate degree, a rewarding and secure future awaits.
Our diversity is our strength.
And our students, alumni, faculty, and staff represent an abundance of perspectives and cultures that will deepen your learning experience, making you more effective in your professional practice.
Share your story with us, and enrich both your peers and practice. At Erikson, you’ll find the stories that resonate, offering new opportunities for the children with whom you work.
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Let’s build a world where children have better futures. That future begins here.
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Where we create a better future for all children.
Specifically designed for early childhood research and practice, our campus features high-tech classrooms and seminar spaces, teaming and group study rooms, and safe spaces for the research and programs that directly impact children and families.
Nestled in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Erikson Institute offers students access to one of the world’s most distinctive cities. Use the city’s public transit to visit one (or a few) of the hundreds of museums, historic sites, restaurants, and theaters.
Earn your MS in a flexible and proven program built for hard-working professionals looking for new skills, knowledge, and resources in the drive to make a positive impact for children, families, and their communities.
Study how factors such as culture, social class, and social relationships influence human development and undertake applied research while earning your doctoral degree in child development.
Explore our vast certificate, endorsement, fellowship, and licensure programs offered by Erikson Institute’s premier professional development and training department , where we turn knowledge into action.
Create a world where a child’s safety and wellbeing comes first.
Change doesn’t happen on its own. As an early childhood professional, you know there are obstacles and misconceptions that get in the way of child development.
By increasing our understanding of child development through research and field work, we strive every day to deliver information, services, and support to those who need it most. Help us make the world a better place for children — one leader at a time.