ECE (licensure) program admissions are being paused for this fall. We are not accepting applications for the August term but intend to resume for Spring 2023. Please connect with us this fall if you are interested in applying.
Educators entering into ECE have more opportunities than ever to move their careers ahead and have an impact in the classroom, administration, policy, and advocacy. Equipped with skills, tools, and knowledge, you promote learning and development for children and families.
Erikson’s MSECE program leads to initial teacher licensure (Illinois Professional Educator License), preparing you to become a licensed teacher for children from birth to second grade.
Start this Fall and earn your ECE degree on campus.
Prepare to become a licensed teacher for young children.
Study part-time or full-time based on your needs.
The MSECE program leads to the initial Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL).
Collaborate with our nationally recognized faculty, build a respected network of field experts, and learn from the field’s leading voices.
Put theory to practice in one of over 150 Chicagoland field placement opportunities while completing your internship and student teaching requirements.
Work closely with your professors and peers in small classes where personal relationships enrich your learning experiences
Learn resilience and healthy professional practices from experienced practitioners.
Put theory into practice.
Learning can never be confined to a classroom — nor should it. Student teaching experiences are critical component of your ECE degree work.
For two semesters, you will be working during the day at custom-selected locations. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to take your learning and lead in your career path.
Add to your credentials with Erikson’s optional MSECE endorsements and further prepare to work in a high-growth, high-demand area of early childhood education.
After completing this special education program, you will be eligible to earn the LBS1 endorsement and Early Childhood Special Education letter of approval from the Illinois State Board of Education.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT & SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS
With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.
Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.
Join the ECE Program Family for Support at Every Step of Your Journey
At Erikson Institute, our Career Services team works with you every step of the way.
With hundreds of partnerships and robust networks of alumni and field experts, the Career Services team is here to help you put your education into practice.
Once you graduate, you’ll be able to put your degree to work right away. Here are a few of the role Erikson graduates take on after graduation.
Gain expert perspectives working closely with leaders in the field.
Erikson’s Early Childhood Education program faculty are nationally recognized. With specific research interests and decades of experience, each of our faculty enriches your academic experience, connecting you to new networks and the latest data.
We award over $2 million in scholarships to students enrolled in our degree and certificate programs. Erikson also participates in the federal Direct Loan programs, and assuming you meet all eligibility requirements, you will have access to both Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans to help finance your Erikson education.
Over 90% of our students work either part-time or full-time as they are pursuing their Erikson degree. You can choose to enroll at Erikson as part of the day cohort with most of your classes during the day Mondays and Wednesdays, or as part of the evening cohort which will allow you to take your classes in the evenings. The cohort model allows you balance your work and Erikson course schedules.
The other factor to consider as you think about your work schedule is whether you want to pursue your master’s degree program in two or three years. While there are always exceptions to this, most students who wish to work full time while enrolled at Erikson opt for the three-year program. Students who have more flexibility in their work schedule or want to complete their program in a shorter period of time while working part-time tend to enroll in the two-year program.
It’s important to note that you will be required to be available during business hours Monday through Friday during your student teaching year for your student teaching placement, and you will have evening courses and methods seminars two to three nights per week. We encourage you to plan ahead and communicate as necessary with your employer in advance of your final year in the teacher licensure program.
The staff in our Field Education and Career Services Office will work with you to prepare you for seeking positions while you’re enrolled at Erikson and upon graduating from the program. You’ll receive feedback on your resume and cover letters, and we also maintain a job board on our campus portal where employers list part-time and full-time positions for which they’re hiring.
The Career Services team also plans an annual social work, early education, and child development job fair for Erikson students and alumni. In concert with the job fair, you can submit your resume to be included in an annual Resume Book that we distribute to organizations and managers who are interested in hiring Erikson students and alumni.
Erikson students live in a wide range of neighborhoods in Chicago and in the suburbs. We do not offer campus housing. While we can’t make specific recommendations about where you should live, we encourage you to find a neighborhood that suits your style, taste, and budget. To help you in your housing search, we work closely with StudentSpace, a free apartment-finding service that specializes in helping graduate students find housing in Chicago.
Because of Erikson’s small size, you’ll have access to a wide range of both informal and formal student support services. These include: