With an EdS in Early Childhood Education, you can help shape the policies, programs, practices, and systems that affect the lives of young children from prenatal development through age 8.

By earning your Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Early Childhood Education, you can become a more effective early childhood leader and advocate for positive outcomes for young children and their families. This degree program prepares you for a variety of roles within this dynamic landscape.

In this early childhood education specialist degree online program, you will:

  • Explore the complex family, cultural, societal, and developmental influences that affect child development and learning, and critically review current research in the field.
  • Analyze topics such as child development, family partnerships, content knowledge, assessment, effective practices, leadership, and advocacy.
  • Use case studies and innovative technology to evaluate the quality of early childhood programs and policies.
  • Learn strategies to promote positive outcomes for young children and develop the leadership characteristics necessary to implement effective change.

Coursework in this program is designed to reflect the advanced early childhood professional guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

An EdS degree can dramatically impact your salary and career as an educator-leader in less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn a Doctor of Education (EdD) or PhD in Education. However, the innovative structure of our Lifelong Learner Pathway allows you to lay the groundwork for your doctorate if you later choose to pursue it. As an EdS student, you will take the same initial courses as EdD and PhD in Education students, where you exchange ideas and engage in advanced graduate coursework. If you are inspired to earn your doctorate, you can transfer seamlessly into the EdD program with a specialization in Early Childhood Education without starting over, saving you time and money. See how it works.

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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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  • Considering a career in early childhood education?

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    Download Walden’s Degree Guide for Early Childhood Careers (pdf).

  • Dollar signReceive a $5,000 grant when you
    start the EdS in Early Childhood
    on November 30, 2015.

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