Make a Difference in the Lives of Young Children and Families

Join the next generation of leaders in child development, social work, and early childhood education with an Erikson Institute degree.

We offer the most comprehensive, interdisciplinary understanding of child development available through classes at our downtown campus and online.

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Academic Programs Offered On Campus

Master’s Degrees

Choose a program that helps you meet your career goals.

PhD Program

Applied research in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago. Read more

Certificate Programs

Deeper knowledge that you can apply on the first day of class. 

The Erikson experience can transform you.

At a time of national change, Erikson Institute continues to embrace the ideals of inclusion, fairness, and social justice.

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Academic Programs Offered Online

MS in Early Childhood Education

Expand your knowledge about child development through our online program. This program is designed for those with at least three years of post-baccalaureate experience.

Specialization available: Bilingual/ESL Education

Bilingual/English as a Second Language Certificate Program

This 18-credit program is designed to help you meet the challenges of today’s increasingly multilingual and multicultural classroom. Certified early learning teachers can acquire bilingual or ESL approval through this program.

Infant Specialist Courses

Experienced professionals can choose from four graduate-level courses formulated to prepare them for work with children from birth to age three, and their families. These courses are drawn from our Infant Specialist Certificate Program.

Is Online Learning Right For Me?

If you are wondering if online learning is a good fit for your lifestyle and learning style, the following resources can help you decide.


“You can learn child development in a lot of places, but Erikson really helps you understand the role of culture, both in a child’s life and in your role as a professional.”

Maryse Deslauriers, M.S. ’16

Erikson Alumna


Members of our expert faculty are nationally recognized for their knowledge, scholarship, and expertise. At Erikson, you’ll develop close and collaborative relationships with faculty who are actively shaping the fields of child development, social work, and early childhood education.

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