Erikson Institute is a graduate school that was founded in 1966 by four child activists. It was formed to train those working as early childhood teachers and caregivers with comprehensive background on child development and a clear understanding of the roles family and culture play in a child’s life. Erikson Institute, named after pscyhoanalyst and developmental psychologist Erik Erikson, is located in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Erikson Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The institute offers Masters Programs, Certificate programs and a Doctorate program in collaboration with Loyola University Chicago), as well as professional development programs focusing on Early Intervention, Teaching and Learning, Supervision and Leadership and Infant Studies These courses are offered on-campus. Only the MS in Early Childhood Education; and four graduate-level Infant Specialist Courses are available online.

Tuition at Erikson for academic year 2010-2011 is $810.00 per semester credit hour. Tuition does not include any incidental expenses and may increase without prior notice. Financial assistance in the form of federal and state grants, student loans, and scholarships are available to eligible students. For more information, contact the Erikson Institute Financial Aid Office.

Since Erikson Institute only offers graduate programs, all applicants must, at the very least, have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree to be considered for admission. Other requirements include a completed application form, payment of the requisite application fee, a telephone interview and a Transcript of records from previously attended academic institutions. Transcripts must be sent directly to Erikson and student-submitted ones will not be accepted. More admissions information can be requested from Erikson Institute’s Admissions Office.