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MS in Early Childhood Studies

New! Competency-based option available.

Develop the practical strategies and tools required to plan curricula, and strengthen your ability to create caring and respectful learning environments.

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Walden's MS in Early Childhood Studies program now offers two ways to learn. Choose from our traditional course-based option, or our new competency-based format, Tempo Learning™. This unique option allows you to:

  • Accomplish your education goals on your schedule.
  • Demonstrate what you already know from your experience.
  • Save time and money—set your price by setting your pace.

Which Option is Right For You?

Course-based vs. Competency-based: Contact us today to discuss the benefits of each option—course-based vs. competency-based. They will provide information for both options regarding start dates, program duration, transfer of credit, tuition-savings opportunities, and more.

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Available for both competency-based and course-based programs. In this specialization you will learn how to apply evidence-based instructional and assessment practices to support student literacy and learning across content areas.

Study the specifics behind how policies are formed, grant writing, family and political advocacy, and research practices.

Explore how to plan learning experiences, assess and modify instruction, and incorporate technology into instruction geared to adult learners.

Learn practical strategies and tools required to address diversity and how you can create a caring and respectful environment.

In this specialization focused on teaching and learning at the preschool level, you will learn how to plan and implement appropriate lessons and assessments for young learners.

Two Ways to Learn

Regardless of which learning option you choose—course-based or competency-based—you will benefit from our relevant and engaging curriculum that is based on the latest research and current best practices as well as real-life applications and observations. Additional highlights:

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  • You will access presentations by recognized experts and practitioners in the field, including Dr. Sue Bredekamp, Dr. Pamela Winton, and Dr. Aisha Ray.
  • The program's learning outcomes are informed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.
  • With Walden's Tempo Learning (competency-based) option, you can apply what you already know to your course learnings. Complete the program at your pace—completing competencies quickly on what you already know, and taking your time on newer concepts.

To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 8552031384.

More about our MS in Early Childhood Studies program

Prepare for roles in a variety of areas in the early childhood field, including:*

  • Child and family advocacy
  • Public policy
  • Child development
  • Parent/family education
  • Professional development
  • Higher education
  • Working with young children
  • Program management

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into this program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 8552035779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.

Our enrollment advisors are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855-203-5779.

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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.

Why earn your MS in Early Childhood Studies at Walden?

Seletha Tucker

"Walden is so much more than an online university; it is a university that cares about your success as a person."

Seletha Tucker | MS in Early Childhood Studies Graduate and EdD Student

Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. As a recognized standard of excellence in professional education for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other preK–12 school professionals, NCATE accreditation ensures that the institution has met rigorous national standards set by the profession and members of the public. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to preK–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

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Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

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