Erikson Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, (800) 621-7440, Accreditation is limited to master’s degrees and certificates in fields related to child development and early childhood education (including Bilingual/ESL certificate) and the Master of Social Work.

Erikson Institute is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to grant the M.S. in Child Development, the M.S. in Early Childhood Education leading to initial teacher licensure, the M.S. in Early Childhood Education (Online), and the Master of Social Work.

Erikson’s M.S. in Early Childhood Education leading to initial teacher licensure is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.

The Bilingual/English as a Second Language Certificate Program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education’s Division of Professional Certification.


Erikson Institute promotes and maintains relationships with various other institutions of higher education in order to establish new programs, increase resources available to students, and strengthen teaching and learning in the field of early childhood development.

Erikson Institute is affiliated academically with Loyola University Chicago to grant the doctor of philosophy degree in Child Development, and and also for the Children’s Law and Policy specialization and the M.S. in Child Development/M.J. in Children’s Law and Policy dual degree.