Erikson Institute, located in Chicago Illinois, is a private graduate school and research center that is famous for its focus in early childhood development. It was established in 1966 by Maria Piers, Lorraine Wallach, and Barbara Taylor Bowman. It was first known as the Chicago School for Early Childhood Education but was renamed three years later to its present name.
There are currently only five online programs available at Erikson. This includes a Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and four graduate certificate programs in Infant Studies. The doctoral program is currently not available as an online course.
Admissions at Erikson is very strict with applicants in Master's degree and certificate programs required to have minimum GPAs of 2.75 for their bachelor's degree. Applicants for Doctoral programs are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the master's degree.
Tuition for all programs at Erikson for AY 2010-2011 is listed at $810 per semester credit hour. Note that this does not include annual student fees, application fees and other incidentals.
Financial aid is available at Erikson in the form of need-based grants, competitive scholarships and fellowships. Financial aid is usually limited to students of Master's degree programs.
Erikson Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Note that its accreditation is limited to master’s degrees and certificates in fields related to child development and early childhood education. Its English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate program is also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education’s Division of Professional Certification.