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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

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Limited Time Offer: Speak with an enrollment advisor to learn about our current tuition savings and upcoming start dates.

Transfer Credits: Up to 15 credits

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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 and continuing 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 at 855-203-5779, 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 855-203-5779.

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 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

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification

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.