Child Development Specialist Degree

(38 credit hours)

Erikson prepares students to best serve the complex needs of children and their families by earning a Master of Science degree in Child Development.

This concentration prepares you to work with children, birth to age 8, and their families in a wide range of non-clinical settings. These may include: early childhood education and child care programs, informal education programs within museums and zoos, and early childhood research, policy and advocacy organizations.

This child development master’s degree concentration prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education Credential, Levels 2-6, through the Entitled Route. To earn the credential, you will need to complete the appropriate Gateways application and provide documentation of your academic and professional experiences. Requirements, timing and related costs may vary.