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MS in Early Childhood Studies

Receive your first term tuition free if you start this Tempo Learning program on December 4, 2017.*

What Makes Tempo Learning (Competency-Based) Different?

  • Tempo Learning LogoYou can show what you already know and complete your degree at your pace.
  • You can learn and advance through the program by completing a series of competencies.
  • Faculty members engage proactively in your learning, sharing their expertise to ensure you gain the knowledge needed to impact your career.
  • These competencies are carefully designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to support successful career building.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: December 4, 2017
Limited-Time Offer: Receive your first term tuition free if you start this program on December 4, 2017.

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Tempo Learning (Competency-Based)

  • Complete competencies at your own pace, based on your ability to demonstrate understanding of their content. At the beginning of each term, you will map out your learning goals in partnership with your Academic Coach.
  • You can use what you already know to accelerate your progress, potentially saving you time and money.
  • If you find materials challenging, you can slow down and spend additional time with them. You can also raise your hand to get support directly from our Faculty Subject Matter Experts.
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Traditional (Course-Based)

  • Courses have preset start, end, and assignment due dates. Knowing this consistent, required schedule can make it easier for some learners to plan their time.
  • The course-based approach exposes you to new material as well as reinforces and updates your knowledge within an established timeframe.
  • Your fellow students will be learning the same material and completing assignments at the same time, so if you find yourself struggling, you can connect with them or faculty for additional support.

More about our Competency-Based MS in Early Childhood Studies program

You will progress toward your degree by completing competencies and assessments which are designed by expert faculty and guided by employers in your field in areas such as cultural responsiveness, communication and collaboration, research, and more.

Specializations Offered:

  • Administration Management Leadership
  • Teaching Learning

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.

Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 8552035779, 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.

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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.

Why earn your MS in Early Childhood Studies at Walden?

Seletha Tucker

"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

*This tuition reduction is only available to new students who begin classes on December 4, 2017. Students are responsible for other non-tuition costs, including but not limited to university and program and custom-related fees and taxes.

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

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