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

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?

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.

With Walden's MS in Early Childhood Studies program, you can focus your studies on a specialization that fits your professional goals. Explore our specializations below.

*Denotes a specialization that is offered as part of the competency-based option.


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:

  • 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 which option is right for you, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.


More about our MS in Early Childhood Studies program

  • Career Options

    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.

  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MS in Early Childhood Studies 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.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the MS in Early Childhood Studies 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. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

  • Accreditations

    NCATEThe 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?

  • Tempo Learning

    Competency-based learning—the faster you go, the less you pay.

  • Global Perspective

    Join a community of students and faculty with diverse backgrounds and experience.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

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.

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to

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.

Prospective Washington State students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6275 or to determine whether Walden’s programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.



“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