Prepare young learners with the skills, confidence, and motivation they need to excel in school and beyond through our MS in Early Childhood Studies program.
There are few professions as rewarding as those that involve nurturing the developmental needs of children. Our master’s in early childhood development non-licensure degree program empowers you to deepen your understanding of child development and learning, expand your knowledge of effective programs and services, and enhance your ability to link issues of equity and inclusion to how students learn and grow.
You already have the desire to make a difference. With our master’s-level early childhood development degree, you can gain the knowledge and professional competencies that prepare you for leadership roles, in and out of the classroom.
After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.
And Walden now offers two ways to earn your degree. With Tempo Learning® by Walden, you have the option to choose your learning experience depending on your learning style and preferences. Whether you want to study alongside classmates in a traditional course-based program or earn your degree at your pace, there’s an option for you to achieve your dreams.
Depending on the specialization you choose, our master’s in child development program can prepare you for a variety of rewarding roles in the early childhood field, including:*
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of education administrator positions in preschool and childcare will grow by 17% through 2022.*
- The number of childcare workers is predicted to increase by 14% through 2022.*
- Employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 17% through 2022—faster than the average of all occupations.*
Expand Your Career Options
Prepare for a variety of roles in the early childhood field, including:
- Child and family advocate
- Public policy coordinator
- Child development instructor
- Professional development facilitator
- Lecturer in early childhood studies
- Child care administrator
- Assistant director of a child care center
- Director of a child care center or program
- Owner of a child care center
- Preschool director
- Program administrator for early childhood programs
As the development of high-quality programs and services for young children increasingly becomes a priority, career options in the early childhood field are predicted to grow.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of education administrator positions in preschool and childcare will grow by 17% through 2022.†
- The number of childcare workers is predicted to increase by 14% through 2022.†
- Employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 17% through 2022—faster than the average for all occupations.†
Download our PDF for more information about Early Childhood careers.
*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
†Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition,” on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco (viewed online January 30, 2015).