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MS in Early Childhood Studies

Walden University shares your commitment to education, and is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.

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 complete your program. Choose from our traditional course-based option, or our new competency-based format, Tempo Learning®.

This unique option allows you to:

  • Set your schedule, learning when and how works best for you
  • Use your work experience to speed your progress
  • Control your cost through a subscription-based model

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: January 07, 2019
Transfer Credits: Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

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Learn how to apply evidence-based instructional and assessment practices to support student literacy and learning across content areas.

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

Zero in on teaching and learning at the preschool level, with a focus on planning and implementing 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:

  • 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 complete your degree at your pace.
  • Walden faculty proactively engage Tempo Learning® students on each competency by sharing their expertise to clarify concepts and providing detailed and prompt feedback to ensure you gain the knowledge needed to impact your career.

To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855-203-1384.

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.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling , 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 .

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The 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.

 

Why earn your MS in 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

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 www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.
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