National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is proud to be a year-round sponsor of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). With 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations, NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

Partnership Benefits

As an NAEYC sponsor, Walden supports the work of this important organization and offers special benefits to its members. If you are an NAEYC member enrolling as a new student at Walden, you can enjoy a 10% tuition reduction.*

Each year, Walden is represented at the NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo. The 2014 Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas, November 5-9.  During last year’s conference, Walden held a number of educational seminars on the topic of Positioning Yourself for Success in Early Childhood. Learn more by viewing an archived webinar featuring Dr. Michael Trapani and M.S. program graduate Teri Peasley.

Thought Leaders in Early Childhood Webinar SeriesThought Leadership Webinar Series

Walden is proud to have partnered with the NAEYC in order to present an informative series of webinars designed to bring added awareness to some of the issues educators face in the field of Early Childhood. We invite you to view the archived webinars, which include:

View a list of all NAEYC Thought Leaders in Early Childhood Education webinars.

Woman teaching Pre-K art studentsEarly Childhood Programs and Specializations

At Walden, you can enhance your abilities to help young children learn, grow, and thrive. Walden’s early childhood programs offer access to nationally recognized experts in the field, foundational courses in early childhood development, and research-based strategies and tools for supporting children in a variety of capacities and environments.

Walden offers the following early childhood programs and specializations:

  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education: Prepare for a leadership position as you develop new programs and practices in early learning and assume key roles in research, teaching, and advocacy.
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Early Childhood: Prepare to lead and advocate effectively within this dynamic landscape, fostering positive outcomes for young children and their families.
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Early Childhood: Gain the knowledge and skills you need to advance your early childhood career and lead positive change in the policies, programs, practices, and systems affecting the lives of young children from prenatal development through age 8.
  • M.S. in Early Childhood Studies: Gain a deeper understanding of early childhood development and explore strategies for working with young children in diverse learning environments.
  • B.S. in Child Development: Choose from a range of concentrations designed to prepare you for a career in the field of early childhood education with this non-licensure program.
  • Teacher Preparation Program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a specialization in Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 3): Benefit from an accelerated format that prepares you to teach in early childhood settings.

For assistance, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.

*Only one tuition-reduction benefit may be applied to tuition.