Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Child Development


Philip H. Corboy Law Center

Lewis Towers Suite 630

Chicago, IL 60626

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Child Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

If you are interested in exploring the dynamics of human development as well as the social factors that influence it, consider the doctoral program at Erikson. Offered in conjunction with the Graduate School Loyola University Chicago, the program includes course work at both institutions and leads to a Ph.D. in child development conferred by Loyola University. This program focuses on applied child development research and emphasizes the impact of culture, social class, and social relationships on young children’s learning and development. Applied research includes studying the effects of educational institutions, intervention programs, policies, and other contextual factors such as poverty and language differences on children’s development, achievement, and well-being. The program has close ties to Loyola’s graduate programs in psychology, particularly developmental psychology. Internships supported by a student-mentor relationship provide opportunities for students to learn the crafts of research and college teaching. The Erikson-Loyola program prepares academics, applied researchers, and program developers to assume intellectual leadership in a variety of professional settings that study and/or serve young children. Graduates pursue careers in college teaching and research, program design and evaluation, program administration, and policy analysis.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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