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Online MS in Early Childhood Studies

Administration, Management, and Leadership (Tempo Learning®)

Program Details


The Tempo Learning degree completion option1 is ideal for busy working professionals like you. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of expertise (AoE).

Each competency has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 33 semester credits
    • Core courses (21 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (Capstone (3 sem. cr.)


Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 1-866-492-5336.

With Tempo Learning, you may be able to complete your MS in Early Childhood Studies degree in 11 months for under $10,000.*

Your actual total program time and costs may vary. Tuition and fees are subject to change. See Tuition and Fees section and Scholarship Details for more information.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Progress at Your Pace. Control Your Cost.

Walden’s Tempo Learning® programs follow a subscription-based pricing format. Students are billed a flat-rate for each 3-month subscription term. All pricing is represented in U.S. dollars and is subject to change.

Program Subscription Period Tuition Subscription Period PROGRAM Fee Subscription Period Time Frame
MS in Early Childhood Studies $2,250 $170 3-month subscription period
You may be able to complete your MS in Early Childhood Studies degree in 11 months for under $10,000.*

*Represents Tempo Learning® format, Believe & Achieve Scholarship, and the fastest pace of our top 25% transfer students in this program in the Tempo Learning® format. Your actual total program time and costs will depend on your individual pace and transfer credits. A student’s pace is usually determined by their experience, ability to work independently, and availability. Believe & Achieve Scholarship savings based on current tuition. See Scholarship Details for more information.

Program Outcomes

Master the Mechanics of Teaching and Learning

In Walden’s master’s in early childhood education program, you’ll explore how children’s brains develop and how early experiences affect learning and social emotional development. Gain strategies to advocate for the infusion of play and creativity into early childhood teaching and learning. Apply your skills in field experiences in varied areas of expertise, from infants and toddlers to children in grades P–3.


Learning Outcomes

  • 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.


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1Walden University’s competency-based options are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. Walden offers monthly starts, the first Monday of every month, for the competency-based option.