Jun 25, 2022
Return to: The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
In this program, students gain the knowledge and leadership skills necessary for emerging roles in the field. The program allows student to deepen their understanding of child development and learning, and effective programs and practices, as well as explore current issues and trends. Students will learn to become skillful communicators, team members, relationship-builders, and collaborators with families, colleagues, and agencies. Knowledge gained regarding equity and inclusion will help students to become advocates for social change in the field of early childhood.
At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:
- Demonstrate deep knowledge of child development, learning, and effective programs and practices.
- Critically examine issues, trends, and current research.
- Understand foundational theories of research and practice evidence-based research and decision making.
- Have deep knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion; address inequities and advocate for social change.
- Be skillful communicators, team members, relationship-builders, and collaborators with family members, colleagues, and agencies related to the field of early childhood.
- Be critical and self-reflective of their own values, beliefs, and biases and use this understanding to improve their own work.
- 30–33 total semester credits, depending on specialization
- Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
- Core courses (18 sem. cr.)
- Specialization courses (6–9 sem. cr., depending on specialization)
- Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
Foundation Course (3 sem. cr.)
Core Courses (18 sem. cr.)
Capstone Course (3 sem. cr.)
Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the M.S. in Early Childhood Studies program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.
Note on Licensure
For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.
Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.
The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).
Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.
Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.