The Graduate School
1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60660
Doctor of Philosophy in Child Development
Erikson Institute, in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago, offers a PhD program in Child Development. The degree is conferred by the Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago.
Erikson Institute is one of the nation’s leading graduate schools in child development, social work and early childhood education. At Erikson, students embark on a comprehensive inquiry into all aspects of child development. The Erikson approach produces scholars who understand and respect the differences among children and families—differences that profoundly affect how children learn to organize their environment, how they communicate with others, how they occupy their leisure time, the kinds of problems they will encounter, and the strategies they will use to solve these problems.
This 42-credit hour post-master’s program is intended primarily for people who want to prepare for careers in college teaching, applied child development research, program design and evaluation, program administration, and policy analysis. Those who choose to enroll in the program are typically academics, applied researchers, and program developers who want to assume intellectual leadership in a variety of professional settings that study and/or serve young children. To be considered for admission, applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a field related to child development, such as education, social work, or psychology.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999