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Help someone STAND OUT with a degree from Erikson Institute

Erikson Institute’s Refer a Student Program celebrates the important contribution of people who refer students to enroll in any graduate degree or certificate program. Those who know us best make the best ambassadors for Erikson! You bring in qualified candidates who further our shared mission of serving the needs of children and families so that all can achieve optimal educational, social, emotional, and physical well-being.

By referring family, friends and colleagues, you’ll also help them achieve their professional goals, grow their network and help them continue their impact in their neighborhood and communities.

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Erikson Institute

Referral Program

Erikson Institute

Current Students

Share your love of learning. Tell us about your friends, colleagues and family who may be interested in joining you in your journey here at Erikson.
Requirements: The referral program is open to all currently enrolled students in good standing. The give-aways for internal audiences are based only on completed referral forms.
Exclusions: The program is not open to any non-current students.
Gifts: The Grand Prize winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, as well as $50 worth of Erikson Institute swag. The Second Prize winner will receive $50 worth of Erikson swag. The Third Prize winner will receive $25 worth of Erikson swag.

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Alumni

Share your Erikson Experience. Grow the Erikson community with referrals from your colleagues, staff and direct reports.
Requirements: Alumni must be conferred with their degree or certificate and in good standing.
Gifts: The Grand Prize winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, as well as $50 worth of Erikson Institute swag. The Second Prize winner will receive $50 worth of Erikson swag. The Third Prize winner will receive $25 worth of Erikson swag.

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Faculty & Staff

Communicate to all. Share Erikson's impact with your communities. Help drive change in early childhood by telling anyone you know who would benefit from our graduate degree and certificate programs.
Requirements: Referrals from staff and faculty must be from permanent employed staff, full- or part-time. The give-aways for internal audiences are based only on completed referral forms.
Exclusions: The program is not open to any past staff/faculty, nor any member of enrollment management.
Gifts:
The Grand Prize winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, as well as $50 worth of Erikson Institute swag. The Second Prize winner will receive $50 worth of Erikson swag. The Third Prize winner will receive $25 worth of Erikson swag.

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Candidates

Bringing dreams to life. All referrals are welcome. We invite applications for admission from all prospective students who are interested in improving the lives of children and families, regardless of financial need, citizenship, or immigration/documentation status. Erikson accepts local, national or international candidates from many professional backgrounds.
Requirements: The program is open to prospective students in all degrees, certificates, endorsements, and licensure programs. The student must start by the Fall of 2022. Candidates need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. The GRE is not required for admission. The give-aways for candidates will be based on their Registered New Student status.
Exclusions: Students at large, existing or former students, and alumni are not allowed as referrals. The program is also not open to existing inquiries, applicants, nor admitted but not registered students.
Gifts: The Grand Prize winner will receive their $200 matriculation fee waived, as well as $75 worth of Erikson Institute swag. The Second Prize winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and $50 worth of Erikson swag. The Third Prize winner will receive $25 worth of Erikson swag. Winners will also be invited to an annual lunch with a special guest.

Referral Program

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Experienced Professors

Our faculty members are recognized scholars and respected voices for children and families.

Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice

You will develop your reflective practice skills in our Integrative Seminars, Capstone Projects and more.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Our conferences and customized training for professionals are led by experts in childhood development, early childhood education, and social work.

Accredited Graduate School

Accredited Graduate School

Erikson Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Erikson’s Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Variety of Degree and Certificates

Variety of Degree and Certificates

Erikson offers degree and certificate programs, licensures, and endorsements focused on understanding the developmental needs of young children and families within the context of cultural, social, economic, and political circumstances.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid; Scholarships & Grants

Each year, Erikson awards over $2 million in scholarships and grants.

Child Development Experience

Child Development Experience

Erikson has over 50 years of experience in early childhood education and child development.

Alumni stories

Erikson Institute

Dana Thornquistquotes

Just a few months after graduating from Erikson Institute, I landed my dream job. My Erikson education with its multiple fieldwork experiences had prepared me more than I realized. Three years later, I love what I do more than ever. My profession allows me to help kids in the hospital understand their diagnosis, express emotions, and positively cope long term, which in turn allows them to succeed within their homes, schools, and community.

Dana Thornquist

MS Child Development,
Child Life 2017
Kaylan Szafranskiquotes

I’m a policy analyst for children’s health justice. I fervently believe we need policy practitioners who understand the core of child development and the constant interplay of lived experience, culture, and social expectations. Such understanding is a direct result of my Erikson education.

Kaylan Szafranski

MSW 2016
Tajuana Ricequotes

Erikson is unique because its faculty and practitioners have hands-on experience in the field, and use real time practices in their work. The skills learned and the information received at Erikson allow me to identify, observe and support families in a variety of ways and using various methods. Having an early childhood background and infant mental health knowledge are so important because they help me to look at the whole child.

Tajuana Rice

Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate 2017
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Where Our Graduates Work

UChicago Medicine
Chicago Public Schools
Start Early
Leagal Council for Health Justice
Rush University Medical Center
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
NIEER
DePaul University
University of Chicago
HRSA
What they're saying

Erikson Institute gave
me the start I needed.

One of the things I’ve learned here is to look at the whole picture. Look at the culture, the values, and pay attention to the systemic issues that make up the life of the person. If you consider these factors, you can make a real impact in the lives of those who we say we’re here to help. Before Erikson, I felt discouraged and overwhelmed by challenges I’d see in children and families I worked with. Now, I feel hope again, because along with my peers, I’m learning and working to be an agent of change.

La Keisha Vereen

La Keisha Vereen

MSW 2021

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