Drawing on the core curriculum in our flagship master’s degree program, this 18-credit hour program integrates key ideas from a range of disciplines including developmental psychology, neurobiology, anthropology, education, sociology, health and social work. Whatever your field of practice, you will be prepared to respond effectively to the needs, challenges, and strengths of children and their families.

If you wish to improve your practice by gaining a deep, research-based understanding of early childhood development and family dynamics, then the Child Development Graduate Certificate program should be at the top of your list of career development opportunities.

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Gainful Employment Disclosures

This program is designated as a Gainful Employment program for the purposes of federal student financial aid eligibility. Gainful Employment details

Why should I consider this program?

There is a clear and growing need for well-trained professionals who work to improve the lives of children and families in a wide range of settings. And an expanding body of research has shown that to help children reach their full potential, practitioners who serve children and families are more effective when they understand critical developmental influences on the early years of life.

Who should apply?

If you are a professional who works in:

  • Child services
  • Social Work
  • Early education
  • Healthcare
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Museum Education
  • Afterschool care
  • Administration
  • Policy
  • Other child and family related field

then you should strongly consider applying to this certificate program. While previous hands-on experience with children is helpful, it is not a requirement for admission to the program.

What if I decide to later enroll in an Erikson master’s degree program?

With the exception of C460 Culminating Project and Seminar, the remaining 15 credits of coursework in the Child Development Certificate program can be used towards the M.S. in Child Development or M.S. in Early Childhood Education programs at Erikson. Up to 12 credits of the coursework can be used towards the Master of Social Work program.

Program director: Colette Davison, Ph.D.

Course Work

Sample course schedule
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Core Courses: