Child Development Doctoral Program Overview

Our doctoral program focuses on applied research in child development, including how educational institutions, intervention programs, public policies, and environmental factors—such as poverty and language—can impact child development.

Ph.D. program admissions are being paused for this year. We are not accepting applications for the February 2022 deadline, but will resume for February 2023. Please connect with us next fall if you are interested in applying.

Applicants to our post-master’s program are typically those already working in the field of child development. PhD candidates may wish to advance in an intellectual leadership role, either in a research or program setting that serves young children. Graduates of our child development doctoral program may consider careers in: applied child development research, program design and evaluation, college teaching, program administration, and policy analysis.

In this program you’ll study how factors such as culture, social class, and social relationships influence human development from infancy through early and middle childhood. The Phd program also requires two semesters of doctoral internship, with at least one semester focused on research.

This post-master’s program is offered by Erikson in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago, and the PhD is conferred by Loyola.