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.

Why earn your early childhood development degree from Walden?

  • Study with a respected institution. Our MS in Early Childhood Studies is in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution. NCATE accreditation is a recognized standard of excellence in professional preK–12 education. [insert NCATE logo]
  • Learn from coursework developed to reflect professional guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Improve your ability to work with children in diverse learning environments by critically examining trends, applying research to relevant problems, and making informed decisions.
  • Develop as a leader in the early childhood field through specialization options in management, public policy and advocacy, instructional strategies, and diversity.
  • Put your newfound knowledge to work in a final capstone course that allows you to integrate and apply learning to real-world situations, issues, or problems. With our master’s in early childhood development, you can choose from four specializations to focus your learning in an area that matches your career goals. We also offer two learning models: course-based and competency-based:

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Early Childhood Studies program will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate deep knowledge of child development, learning, and effective programs and practices.
  2. Critically examine issues, trends, and current research.
  3. Understand foundational theories of research and practice evidence-based research and decision making.
  4. Have deep knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion; address inequities and advocate for social change.
  5. Be skillful communicators, team members, relationship-builders, and collaborators with family members, colleagues, and agencies related to the field of early childhood.
  6. Be critical and self-reflective of their own values, beliefs, and biases and use this understanding to improve their own work.

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

Two Ways to Learn

With Tempo Learning™ by Walden, you can earn your degree on your own schedule, at your own pace, building on your existing skills, knowledge, and experience. In addition to the competency-based Master of Business Administration, we offer a course-based option.

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 1-866-492-5336.

Testimonials

Seletha Tucker

Seletha Tucker

MS in Early Childhood Studies Graduate / EdD Student
Walden’s instructors are there to assist in your education. You are never alone in your journey.
My expertise is essential to my employer. Since graduation, I have been called upon in planning, monitoring, and organizing in-service training and professional development for teachers in the visual arts, as well as school leaders.
“Studying with Walden has opened doors in terms of authentic application of my studies to my current teaching career. What I learned at Walden was truly utilized at my job.”
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