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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

NCATE logoThe Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness. Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for a period of 7 years, from April 24, 2012, to June 30, 2019. In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation. Walden University is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards beginning in fall 2018.

BS in Early Childhood Studies:

  • General Program - Tempo Learning®

MS in Early Childhood Studies Specializations:

  • Administration Management and Leadership
  • Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy (Course-based only)
  • Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field (Course-based only)
  • 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 Early Childhood Advocacy and Public Policy
  • 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.

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