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Explore our Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education from Walden

The online Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education focuses on the complexities of culture and the vital role that cultural responsiveness plays in fostering children’s healthy development and learning.

Examine the components essential to effective early childhood programs and explore practical, research-based strategies for creating environments where all children and families can thrive and grow. Acquire skills to recognize and effectively address bias and stereotypes that can affect young children’s development and relationships with families.


Completion Requirements

  • 15 total semester 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.

Credits earned from this certificate program may be applied toward Walden’s MS in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education.


Course Code Title Credits
EDUC 6160

Early Childhood Development

Education professionals in this course critically examine typical and atypical physical, cognitive/language, and social and emotional development. They examine the powerful and important influence of cultural and linguistic diversity on the development of children from the prenatal stage through age 8. They also examine new findings related to the factors that foster and impede healthy development and learning, and they explore how adults can support healthy development. Additionally, education professionals have the opportunity to observe children in a variety of settings to gain practical insight on the developing child in the real world.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6161

Effective Programs and Practices

Researchers indicate that long-term benefits from early childhood programs result only when the programs are of high quality. In this course, education professionals explore the components essential to program effectiveness, including planning for, improving, and evaluating program quality. They learn research-based, effective practices for promoting learning and development across developmental domains and subject matter areas in children from birth through age 8. Education professionals transfer new knowledge and skills to an authentic context through practical assignments, such as reflective blog posts and real-world observations of professionals in the field.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6164

Perspectives on Diversity and Equity

Understanding and respecting the diversity and individuality of every child and family is central to effective practice and at the heart of the early childhood field. Education professionals in this course examine family cultures and their impact on children and programs, and they investigate issues related to access, equity, and social justice. Through assignments designed to provide practical application of content, they also work toward developing an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of diversity, scrutinizing their own biases to effectively work with and advocate for all children and families.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6357

Diversity, Development, and Learning

Diversity can have a profound influence on children's development and learning. Education professionals in this course explore areas of diversity, including developmental and learning needs, such as English-language learners, children on the autism spectrum, and children with developmental delays. They also address the impact of living in poverty and experiencing stress/violence/trauma in the context of families, early childhood settings, and school classrooms. Applying course concepts, education professionals engage in practical exercises through which they reflect on their own perspectives and biases and learn the complex ways families influence their children. Moreover, they learn the importance of using current research and resources to improve developmental and learning outcomes for every child.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6358

Strategies for Working With Diverse Children

Working with children and families who have diverse developmental and learning needs requires not only a deep understanding of and respect for the individual child but also research-based knowledge of effective practices, strategies, and services. Through this course, education professionals develop and assess practical strategies and tools needed in educational settings to plan curriculum, teach, assess, and, if necessary, refer young children. They learn to use knowledge of children's unique characteristics to help create respectful, supportive, and challenging environments and experiences that foster healthy development and learning.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 15 total semester credit hours $600 per semester hour $9,000
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $630

TOTAL $9,630

Transfer up to 6 credits $3,810

Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $5,820

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 $400 to $600.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.