Graduates of the MS in Early Childhood Studies program will be prepared to:
- Demonstrate deep knowledge of child development, learning, and effective programs and practices.
- Critically examine issues, trends, and current research.
- Understand foundational theories of research and practice evidence-based research and decision making.
- Have deep knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion; address inequities and advocate for social change.
- Be skillful communicators, team members, relationship builders, and collaborators with family members, colleagues, and agencies related to the field of early childhood.
- Be critical and self-reflective of their own values, beliefs, and biases and use this understanding to improve their own work
Through this self-paced online program for working professionals, you can learn and advance by completing a series of competencies on your own schedule. Tempo Learning lets you accomplish your education goals at your pace, with faculty available to assist you when you need help. Plus, your prior experience may help you advance as you demonstrate what you already know through competency assessments – which can save you time and money.
We’ve designed our competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies program not only to help you succeed in your career as the field continues to grow—but also to make earning your degree more achievable. Spend less time covering information you’ve already mastered, and apply your new knowledge to make an immediate difference on the job.
- 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.
- Set Your Price by Setting Your Pace
Unlike traditional programs where time and cost are fixed, Tempo Learning™ allows you to access to your entire degree program at once. Subscribe for 3 months at a time and learn as much you want, based on what you already know. The faster you go, the less you pay.*
- Advance Past What You Already Know
The more experience you have, the better. Our competency-based assessments allow you to demonstrate what you know about real-life, work-applicable situations—and move on to the things you still need to learn.
- Learn Relevant Skills and Apply Them Now
Our students say that what they learn is immediately relevant in their jobs. That’s because the program reflects the contributions of industry and academic experts—along with the professional guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Along the way, you’ll:
- Critically examine trends.
- Apply research to relevant problems.
- Learn to make better-informed decisions.
- Improve your ability to work with children in diverse learning environments.
- As you progress, you’ll also benefit from access to recognized experts in your field.
- Develop Your Leadership Capabilities
As you broaden your understanding of the field’s challenges and opportunities, you’ll become a stronger leader in early childhood education. You’ll find yourself better equipped than ever to assume roles that impact your profession.
The field of early childhood education is predicted to expand through the next decade as the demand for early childhood programs continues to grow. †
Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.
†Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh.
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