Erikson Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, (800) 621-7440, www.hlcommission.org. Accreditation is limited to master’s degrees and certificates in fields related to child development and early childhood education (including Bilingual/ESL certificate) and the Master of Social Work.
Erikson Institute is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to grant the M.S. in Child Development, the M.S. in Early Childhood Education leading to initial teacher licensure, the M.S. in Early Childhood Education (Online), and the Master of Social Work.
Erikson’s M.S. in Early Childhood Education leading to initial teacher licensure is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
The Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.
The Bilingual/English as a Second Language Certificate Program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education’s Division of Professional Certification.
Erikson Institute promotes and maintains relationships with various other institutions of higher education in order to establish new programs, increase resources available to students, and strengthen teaching and learning in the field of early childhood development.
Erikson Institute is affiliated academically with Loyola University Chicago to grant the doctor of philosophy degree in Child Development, and and also for the Children’s Law and Policy specialization and the M.S. in Child Development/M.J. in Children’s Law and Policy dual degree.
Erikson Institute is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs and coursework to residents of states other than Illinois. The NC-SARA membership does not grant reciprocity or exemption from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Illinois may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.
Effective July 1, 2020, the United States Department of Education required institutions of higher learning to inform students about whether out of state professional licensures and certifications meet the requirements of their home state. The reason for this rule is to ensure that out of state programs qualify students for licensure, certification and ultimately, employment.
Erikson Institute offers professional licensure in the Master’s of Early Childhood Education and the Master’s of Social Work Programs and offers a professional certification in the Child Life Program.
Review the information below for the states in which our programs meet or do not meet the professional licensure and certification requirements. If you are planning to pursue a career in another state, check with the state licensing board.
|Program||States and Territories in which program meets licensure/certification requirements||States and Territories in which program does not meet licensure/certification requirements|
|Master’s of Early Childhood Education On Campus||IL||AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY|
|Master’s of Social Work On Campus and Online||AL, AK, AZ, AR, CT, DC, GA, HI, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MN, MS, MO, NV, NJ, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, WV||CA, CO, FL, ID, MI, MN, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, OR, TX, VT, WA, WI, WY|
|Master of Science in Child Development Program – Child Life Concentration|
|AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY||N/A|