2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
    May 22, 2019  
2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MS in Early Childhood Studies

Return to: The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership  

Competency-Based Learning

In addition to the course-based option described below, students can now benefit from Tempo Learning™ by Walden, a competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies program. View the MS in Early Childhood Studies Competencies and Professional Skills  students will achieve to succeed in this program.











“I don’t have to sacrifice time with my family; I can adjust when I do homework based on what works for me. It’s perfect!”

Jeneva Davis, MS in Early Childhood Studies Student (Tempo Learning™)

Course-Based Program

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate deep knowledge of child development, learning, and effective programs and practices.
  2. Critically examine issues, trends, and current research.
  3. Understand foundational theories of research and practice evidence-based research and decision making.
  4. Have deep knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion; address inequities and advocate for social change.
  5. Be skillful communicators, team members, relationship-builders, and collaborators with family members, colleagues, and agencies related to the field of early childhood.
  6. Be critical and self-reflective of their own values, beliefs, and biases and use this understanding to improve their own work.

Degree Requirements

  • 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.)

Core Curriculum

Course Sequence

The sequence of courses for this program is dependent upon the specialization. Please see the course sequence chart on each specialization page.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification

This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Program Data

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 MS 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.