Erikson Institute


Distance Learning at Erikson Institute Online

If you thought an Erikson Institute online or on campus education was out of your reach, think again.

Erikson's distance learning programs offer the best preparation you can get to teach and care for young children—delivered directly to your desktop, through online programs specifically designed to fit into your busy life.

Built on the same rigorous, effective, time-tested curriculum as our campus-based courses, Erikson Institute online programs…

  • focus on how a child learns and grows—and on applying this deep child development knowledge to your practice;
  • build relationships and create community. We believe that children and adults learn best in responsive relationships, so we focus on engaging you in an online environment where you get to know and learn from your professors and peers;
  • are high-tech and high-touch. Developed specifically for early childhood professionals, they offer the latest distance learning technologies and popular collaboration and networking tools, plus all the user-friendly support you need to get the most out of your courses.

There's a new way to take your practice to the next level…

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It's right here at your fingertips.

Designed especially for early childhood educators with at least three years of post-baccalaureate experience, Erikson's new online master of science degree in early childhood education helps you do what you love to do, and do it better.

It's a structured cohort program, so you'll have peers to collaborate with and learn from. And it's online, so you can work at home, in the office, in the early morning, or late at night—wherever and whenever you want.

  • Integrate and apply critical child development theory to your work as an educator
  • Develop and refine advanced practice skills
  • Identify and focus on the aspects of education that matter most to you—as a teacher, a curriculum coordinator, or a director/principal


The Values of Erikson Institute


Since its founding in 1966, Erikson has adhered to this remarkably stable and cohesive set of values that are shared by Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students.

  • Relationship-based education: The Erikson approach to education recognizes the centrality of relationships in all learning.
  • Commitment to social justice: Erikson seeks equality and justice in education and care for all children and all families.
  • Diversity: Erikson prepares professionals to work with populations that vary in race, ethnicity, and physical and mental abilities.
  • Complexity: The institute seeks to understand and value the interplay of various biological, psychological, cultural, historical, and social factors that influence each child.
  • High standards and excellence: Graduates consistently report Erikson's academic programs to be exacting but more than worth the effort.

About Us

Erikson Institute is the nation's premier graduate school in child development. Since 1966, we've prepared professionals to understand and meet the changing needs of young children and their families. We focus exclusively on children from birth to age eight—the most important formative years.

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