Erikson Institute was founded by a group of child advocates in 1966 to train instructors in the new Head Start programs. Named for child psychologist Erik Erikson, the Erikson Institute educates future educators in a multi-disciplinary, relationship-oriented curriculum designed to provide care for at-risk children, but is open to anyone who wishes to educate children.

For those who share Erikson’s transformative philosophy, and wish to learn how to make positive improvements in the lives of at-risk children, Erikson Institute offers an accredited online Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Designed for early childhood educators with a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of teaching experience, this 38-credit-hour program takes 28 months to complete. As a structured cohort program, all students will be grouped with a peer cohort for support, and as a fully online program students may work at their own pace around their current schedule.

Applicants will need:

•Completed application, including essays and work history
•Completed applicant self-disclosure form
•$50 Nonrefundable application fee
•Official sealed transcripts of all previous college and university work
•Three letters of recommendation

Tuition for the online master’s program is $850 per credit hour, approximately $17,000 per year. In addition to federal student loans and grants, Erikson also offers need-based grants, scholarships, and fellowships. Students who are interested may take part in information sessions.