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 eight.

In this post-master’s program, you can develop a strong foundation in child development and learning theory, including the role of social, cultural, and family influences. As you examine the interdisciplinary nature of the field; national and international perspectives on development and learning; and the complex interaction of public policy, programs, and funding, you can develop the expertise required to become a more effective early childhood leader and advocate. Through a capstone project, you can apply your coursework and research to create positive change in an early childhood setting of your choice.

An Education Specialist degree, sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.), is ideal for educators who want to remain working in the field but who would like to increase their influence and impact on their learning communities.

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  • Grants and tuition reductions available.

  • NCATE Accreditation

    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

    The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the standard of excellence in professional preK–12 education.

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  • Tuition Savings for NAEYC Members

    National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

    Walden offers tuition savings to NAEYC members.

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