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Online Early Childhood Studies Programs

Improve your job prospects, take on a leadership positioning, or gain insights on the latest research and trends in early childhood development

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Prepare young learners with the skills, confidence, and motivation they need to excel in school and beyond through our early childhood studies programs.

Through our programs, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from coursework developed to reflect professional guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Improve your ability to work with children in diverse learning environments by critically examining trends, applying research to relevant problems, and making informed decisions.
  • Develop as a leader in the early childhood field through specialization options in management, public policy and advocacy, instructional strategies, and diversity.

More About Our Early Childhood Studies Programs

BS in Early Childhood Studies:

  • General Program - Tempo Learning®

MS in Early Childhood Studies Specializations:

  • Administration Management and Leadership
  • Teaching Diversity in Early Childhood Education (Course-based only)
  • Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings (Tempo Learning® only)

PhD in Education Specializations:

  • Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy
  • Early Childhood Special Education

Doctor of Education (EdD) Specialization:

  • Early Childhood Education

Education Specialist (EdS) Specialization:

  • EdS in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)

Education Certificates:

  • Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Administration, Management, and Leadership (Competency-based option available)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
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Walden University now offers Tempo Learning® by Walden, a custom-paced degree program that puts you in charge.

  • Go Your Own Pace. Tempo adapts to your speed and your style.
  • Learn on Your Schedule. No weekly deadlines; you create your own start and end dates.
  • Control Your Cost. Subscription-based pricing minimizes your tuition cost with an all-you-can-learn model.

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.

Manage your education expenses with:

  • Convenient monthly payment plans that allow you to pay tuition in installments with no interest.*
  • Multiple payment plan options, including some that can be combined with school loan programs (if available in your country of residence).*
*Additional conditions may apply. Some payment plans are offered through third-party services. Contact your enrollment advisor for details.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credit toward your program, enabling you to earn your degree faster. An enrollment advisor will work with you to identify what credit you can transfer based on your work experience, prior education, life experiences, and more.

  • First, we will help you obtain transcripts from any previous institution you have attended.
  • Then, we will carefully review your previous coursework to maximize the number of credits we can apply toward your Walden program of study.
  • You will receive a transfer credit pre-evaluation within three business days, including a summary of the courses eligible for transfer.
Let us help support you on your educational journey. We offer students millions in total tuition savings annually. Contact one of our enrollment advisors by calling to learn more.

CAEP Accredited Provider

Walden University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2019 through June 2026. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation, promoting excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. Walden University earned CAEP accreditation by meeting rigorous national standards and demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

Why Study Early Childhood Studies at Walden?

"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