National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Gain the leadership and business management skills you need to manage child care centers or administer programs for young children with Walden’s online Early Childhood Administration, Management, and Leadership certificate.

By focusing on research-based practices, you will explore how to plan and evaluate programs and environments in which children of diverse backgrounds and needs can learn and thrive. Through your study of management principles, you will be trained to recruit, lead, and evaluate qualified staff; budget and manage resources; and ensure safe, supportive, and legally compliant operations.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Two Ways to Learn

Walden now offers two ways to learn. You can choose to earn your degree through a course-based format or a competency-based format, delivered through Tempo Learning™ by Walden. With Tempo Learning, you can build on your existing skills, knowledge and experience to customize your learning and earn your degree on your schedule, at your pace.

Which option is right for you?

COURSE-BASED

Preset course start and end dates help you manage your schedule over time. Knowing these dates makes it easier to plan ahead in completing your program.

The course-based approach exposes you to new material as well as reinforces and updates your knowledge in areas you’ve already mastered.

Your fellow students will be learning the same material at the same time, so if you find yourself struggling, you can connect with them for additional support.

COMPETENCY-BASED

Complete competencies at your own pace, based on your ability to demonstrate understanding of their content. At the beginning of each term, you will map out your learning goals in partnership with your Academic Coach.

You can use what you already know to accelerate your progress, potentially saving you time and money.

If you find materials challenging, you can slow down and spend additional time with them. You can also raise your hand to get support directly from our Faculty Subject Matter Experts.

Compare highlights of the Tempo Learning™ and course-based formats to decide which best suits your career goals and learning style.

*Cost and time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. For information on estimating your time to degree completion with Tempo Learning, call an enrollment advisor at 1-855-598-3427.

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