The field of early childhood development education is predicted to expand through the next decade as the federal government increases funding for many key early childhood programs.*

Through Walden’s early childhood master’s non-licensure degree program, you can gain the knowledge, abilities, and leadership skills to prepare you for existing and emerging roles both in and out of the classroom. This child development master’s will deepen your understanding of child development and learning, expand your knowledge of effective programs and services, and increase your ability to link issues of equity and inclusion to the impact on student learning and development. You will critically examine trends, apply research to relevant problems, and make informed decisions that will impact and improve your practice and ability to work with children in diverse learning environments.


Two ways to earn your degree. Build on skills and knowledge that you already possess.

In addition to the course-based option, you can now benefit from Tempo Learning™ by Walden, a competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies program. Learn more about the competency-based option.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition, on the Internet at (visited January 30, 2015).

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    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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