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 traditional Course-based learning or Tempo Competency-based options.

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

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Transfer Credits: Up to 15 credits

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Specializations

Gain broad insights into children’s neurological, social, and emotional development while learning how to create best-practice, child-centered learning environments that foster their resilience and growth.
Sharpen your understanding of effective early learning environments and discover how to use this knowledge to nurture other educators, foster healthy organizational culture, and potentially lead your own early childhood program.
Learn how to apply evidence-based instructional and assessment practices to support student literacy and learning across content areas.

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

Choose the learning path that fits your life and experience. Here are the two ways to earn your degree:

Two ways to learn
Course-Based LearningThe standard, guided pace to earn your degree. Tempo Competency-Based LearningThe flexible pace ideal for some students.
Structured schedule Time Flexible schedule
Deadlines to make steady progress Pace Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Pay by the course Tuition All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree Support Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty
Tuition Savings and Financial Aid*
Accreditation
Two ways to learn
Course-Based LearningThe standard, guided pace to earn your degree Tempo Competency-Based LearningThe flexible pace ideal for some students.
Time
Structured schedule Flexible Schedule
Pace
Deadlines to make steady progress Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition
Pay by the course All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support
Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty
Tuition Savings and Financial Aid*
Accreditation

*May not be available for all degree programs.

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.

Program Admission Considerations: All specializations require a bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. All graduate IT programs in the College of Management and Human Potential require the submission of a résumé. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with a Walden Enrollment Specialist today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.

Our Enrollment Specialists 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.

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

Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the MS in Early Childhood Studies Program: Washington.

Note on Licensure Teacher Licensure or Certification: This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual childcare setting as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

This early childhood studies degree program requires three field experiences. Prior to participation in the field experiences, the student will be required to purchase and submit documentation of liability insurance. Field sites may have additional requirements (e.g., background checks, fingerprinting, and certain immunizations). It is the student’s responsibility to determine if these requirements would impact their ability to participate in the required field experiences.

ONGOING MILITARY OFFER:

A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.