2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (September 2017) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (September 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Specialist (EdS) in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)

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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. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, education professionals will be able to:

  1. Apply research-based skills in the areas of child development and learning to evaluate practices and policies.
  2. Apply effective leadership practices, including collaboration and advocacy, to promote positive outcomes for young children and families. 
  3. Apply responsible assessment practices to support healthy development and positive learning outcomes for young children.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural responsiveness in interactions with children, families, community members, and early childhood professionals.
  5. Integrate professional resources, including technology, to create effective solutions to authentic problems in the early childhood field.
  6. Apply a variety of perspectives that are knowledgeable, reflective, and critical to promote professional growth and positive social change in the early childhood field.
  7. Design a scholarly response to address an early childhood education problem and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Research course (5 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • EdS Capstone Project (5 cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Curriculum (45 total cr.)

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure. 

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.

Program Data

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