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Accelerating Your Success Through Competency-Based Education

Become a more effective educator and gain the skills you need to manage child care centers or administer youth programs. Earn your Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Administration, Management, and Leadership through Tempo Learning™, our competency-based education option.

Through this custom-paced online program for working professionals, you can learn and advance by completing a series of competencies on your own schedule. Study management principles and build practical professional skills that help you effectively plan, evaluate, and create programs and environments in which children with diverse backgrounds and needs can learn and thrive. You’ll learn to:

  • Recruit, manage, and evaluate qualified staff.
  • Create a budget and manage resources.
  • Help 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?


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.


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.


Clarice Davis

Clarice Davis

MSED and EdS in Teacher Leadership Graduate
Now that I’ve earned my Ed.D. from Walden, I can really effect positive social change and build bridges between mothers and healthcare professionals. I love what I do.
Walden’s instructors are there to assist in your education. You are never alone in your journey.
Career advancement would not have been possible without earning my degree at Walden University. Acquiring the tools I need to be successful while conducting scholarly work has allowed me to see my career in education from a more global viewpoint and approach problems with new and different solutions.
Katrina Fuller EdD Graduate
Katrina Fuller
Yvette Taylor MS in Early Childhood Studies Graduate
Yvette Taylor
Reagan Ferragamo Romali PhD in Education Graduate
Reagan Romali