With the exception of jointly recognized courses in the MS/MJ dual degree program and the MS Children’s Law and Policy concentration it is expected that all work for the degree and certificate programs will be completed at Erikson. However, a student can transfer up to 50% of credits from an accredited program. The following is required for transfer credit consideration:
- The credit must be at the master’s degree level,
- the student needs to have a B or better for the courses to be transferred, and
- the student must submit a letter of support from the institute where the courses were taken.
Two Erikson faculty members will review the syllabi and conduct an interview with the student. Approved transfer credits are recorded on the student’s official Erikson transcript, but are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average.
Erikson alumni who have completed the M.S. in Child Development or M.S. in Early Childhood Education and later enroll in the M.S.W. program will be granted full waivers for the courses that are common to all three master’s degree programs at Erikson, for a maximum of 18 credit hours.
In order for students to be waived out of any of the courses, they must have successfully completed the course within five years of entering the M.S.W. program and have earned a grade of B or better in the respective course. Alumni who enroll in the M.S.W. program and who earned a grade of B or better in the waived courses will be considered by Erikson to have achieved foundation level competency in the practice behaviors associated with those courses.
The six courses that may be considered for waivers are the following:
- CHLD C421: Human Development I (3 credit hours)
- CHLD C422: Human Development II (3 credit hours)
- CHLD C490: Research Methods (3 credit hours)
- CHLD C432: Family and Culture (3 credit hours)
- CHLD C426: Development of Cognition, Language and Play I (3 credit hours)
- CHLD C427: Development of Cognition, Language and Play II (3 credit hours)
This policy ensures that alumni returning for the M.S.W. will not be repeating course content they have already mastered. We set a five-year time frame because course content has evolved significantly over time and will continue to evolve in the future as faculty review and update these courses.