Gain a deeper understanding of how to help prepare young minds through study and experience with a master’s in early childhood studies.
Impact children’s learning and development in a bigger way with Walden’s MS in Early Childhood Studies non-licensure degree program. A master’s in early childhood education prepares students to pursue teaching, advocacy, and leadership roles in school settings and beyond.
The best path is forging your own path. Pick the learning format and specialization that fits your schedule and professional goals.
Choose from two learning options in our master’s in early childhood education program.
Walden University now offers Tempo Learning® by Walden, a custom-paced degree program that puts you in charge.
Walden’s master’s in early childhood education non-licensure degree program offers three specializations, depending on learning format:
Put your confidence in a master’s in early childhood studies program that reflects professional guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Walden’s curriculum is informed by a panel of early childhood experts, each with practical, real-world insights. Build sought-after skills that prepare you to advance and excel in an evolving field.
Graduates of the MS in Early Childhood Studies program will be prepared to:
Walden is ranked No. 3 in master’s in early childhood education graduates.1
Demand for early childhood studies practitioners grew 144% from 2010 to 2018.2
America needs more qualified professionals to prepare children with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in school—and in life. According to job market data gathered by Burning Glass Technologies, demand for early childhood studies practitioners grew 144% from 2010 to 2018.2 The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that employment for preschool and childcare center directors will rise at a rate of 7% through 2028.3
With a master’s degree, you can start a new chapter in your career—or build on your prior experience to become a leader and innovator in the early childhood field. Career options range from postsecondary teaching and advocacy roles to administrative and leadership positions within early childhood learning environments. Potential occupations include:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this early childhood studies master’s degree program.
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.
1Source: Burning Glass Technologies. Retrieved April 2019, using CIP code 13.1210 (Early Childhood Education and Teaching). Includes 2017 data.
2Source: Data for this analysis was retrieved using Labor Insight Jobs, Burning Glass Technologies. Query Conditions: Last 12 months AND Nationwide AND (Education: Master's degree (specified) ) AND (Program of study: Early Childhood Education And Teaching (specified) )
3Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool and Child Care Center Directors. National long-term job growth projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.