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Explore our Online Post-Master’s Certificate in Early Childhood Leadership

Coloring inside the lines isn’t just about creating art. Play is an essential part of learning. Studying the early childhood field allows you to bring together families, professionals, programs, and agencies that influence every aspect of children’s lives from prenatal development through age 8.

Throughout the program, professional educators analyze topics including child development, family partnerships, content knowledge, and leadership. Education professionals examine the quality of early childhood programs and policies, research and present strategies to promote positive outcomes for young children, and evaluate the leadership characteristics necessary to be an advocate in the field.


Completion Requirements

  • 20 total quarter credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.


Course Code Title Credits
EDPD 8080

Child Development in the Critical Early Years

Effective early childhood professionals know that respectful relationships with families provide the foundation for supporting young children's healthy development. Candidates examine key developmental stages, from prenatal experiences to the early school years. Education professionals explore child development theory, current research in neuroscience, and social-emotional development across the early childhood years, with a special emphasis on the significant role families play in fostering healthy development. Current thinking from the fields of psychology, science, and education are integrated with global perspectives on child development. Candidates apply their knowledge to promote positive developmental outcomes for young children and their families.

(5 cr.)
EDPD 8081

The Language/Literacy Continuum From Birth Through Age 8

How does language affect the young child's ability to think, communicate, and learn? In this course, educators explore the language and linguistic development of young children. Education professionals focus on theories of language acquisition, the nature and function of language, the relationship between language and cognition, the developmental stages of language and literacy, and the critical role of families, communities, and educators in fostering language and literacy development from birth through age 8. Education professionals examine current research and ways early childhood professionals can support language and literacy learning for all children across the early childhood spectrum.

(5 cr.)
EDPD 8082

Meaningful Learning Experiences in Supportive Environments

What does excellence look like in early childhood settings? What are varying perspectives on excellence in early childhood education throughout the world? What are the common elements of learning experiences and environments that provide meaning, inspire curiosity, offer safety, and encourage children to thrive? By examining the research, candidates explore current issues and trends in early childhood education such as the inclusion of national standards, project-based learning, looping, technology, and the role of play in fostering healthy development and learning. Education professionals also explore the role of families in supporting children's learning at home and in early childhood settings as well as how to build effective partnerships with families.

(5 cr.)
EDPD 8083

Evaluating and Leading Effective Early Childhood Programs

What are the dispositions and responsibilities needed to be an effective professional in the early childhood field? Researchers indicate that high-quality early childhood programs result in long-term positive outcomes for children. Based on this understanding, education professionals use accreditation standards and knowledge of research-based effective practices to evaluate the effectiveness of early childhood programs. Education professionals explore multiple leadership roles in the early childhood field, analyze leadership qualities and traits, and reflect on professional growth. Specific focus is placed on effective practice related to management policies and procedures, teacher qualifications, family engagement, and community involvement.

(5 cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 20 total quarter credit hours $675 per quarter hour $13,500
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $640

TOTAL $14,140

Transfer up to 10 credits $7,070

Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $7,070

*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.

Admission Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 855-646-5286 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest.

Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 8855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.