May 27, 2022
Educators prepare to become more effective early childhood leaders and advocate for and foster positive outcomes for young children and their families in the Education Specialist (EdS) in Early Childhood Education program. Educators in this program explore the complex family, cultural, societal, and developmental influences that affect child development and learning and critically review current research in the field. They analyze topics such as child development, family partnerships, content knowledge, assessment, effective practices, leadership, advocacy, and professionalism. Through case studies and innovative technology, professionals examine the quality of early childhood programs and policies, implement strategies to promote positive outcomes for young children, and evaluate the leadership characteristics necessary to implement effective change.
Coursework in this specialization is designed to reflect the advanced early childhood professional guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
At the end of this program, education professionals will be able to:
- Apply research-based skills in the areas of child development and learning to evaluate practices and policies.
- Apply effective leadership practices, including collaboration and advocacy, to promote positive outcomes for young children and families.
- Apply responsible assessment practices to support healthy development and positive learning outcomes for young children.
- Demonstrate an understanding of cultural responsiveness in interactions with children, families, community members, and early childhood professionals.
- Integrate professional resources, including technology, to create effective solutions to authentic problems in the early childhood field.
- Apply a variety of perspectives that are knowledgeable, reflective, and critical to promote professional growth and positive social change in the early childhood field.
- Design a scholarly response to address an early childhood education problem and contribute to the profession.
- 45 total quarter credits
- Foundation course (5 cr.)
- Research course (5 cr.)
- Specialization courses (30 cr.)
- EdS Capstone Project (5 cr.)
Curriculum (45 total cr.)
Foundation Course (5 cr.)
Specialization Courses (30 cr.)
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.
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