Structure

All on-campus master’s programs share three critical components:

  • Core course work
  • Internship or fieldwork
  • Tutorials and seminars that allow you to integrate your experience and reflect on your role as a professional

Length of study

You can enroll in the master’s program as a two- or a three-year student. Dual degree students can choose between three-year or four-year options. You must complete all your degree requirements within five years of matriculation.

Daytime & evening classes

To give you the advantages that come from belonging to a small community of learners, we use a cohort system. By choosing whether to take classes as part of the day or evening cohort, you will take most of your courses with the same group of students. Most courses, but not all, meet only once a week.

Please note that all summer term courses are held in the evenings, and, if you choose to pursue a specialization, specialization courses are predominantly offered in the evenings regardless of cohort.

Internship

It’s no surprise that an institution founded for practitioners should require its students to practice.

As a master’s student, you will spend approximately 15 hours a week for a full academic year in an internship tailored to your career goals. You may be placed in a social agency, Head Start program, community college, public or private school, hospital, therapeutic program, city or regional governmental organization, child care center, or children’s museum.

Teacher candidates spend 10 weeks during the spring term student teaching full-time in a primary classroom, completing a total of 300 hours. During the fall term and the remaining 5 weeks of the spring term, teacher candidates work in the same classroom for an additional 225 hours of internship.

Tutorials & seminars

Tutorials and small group seminars, also known as integrative or supervision seminars, are the bridge between theory and practice. In biweekly, one-on-one tutorials with your faculty adviser and in weekly seminars with fellow students, you will have time to discuss your internship experiences and develop strategies and interventions to improve your professional skills.

Equally important, you will have a time and place for developing the habit of self-reflection, a critical tool that every Erikson student is asked to master.

Comprehensive examination

At the end of your program, you sit for a written comprehensive examination covering major content areas in child development and early education. The exam gives you an opportunity to synthesize and integrate all you have learned in your course work and internship.