2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) 
    
    Aug 11, 2022  
2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education - MS in Early Childhood Studies


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This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

 

This specialization focuses on advancing students’ understanding of the ways diversity affects development and learning in early childhood. Students will study specific special needs as well as the impact of poverty, stress, violence, and trauma on a child’s development and well-being. This specialization will teach students the practical strategies and tools required to work with and teach young children. This includes ways to plan and implement curriculum, create caring and respectful environments, and improve developmental and learning outcomes for every child.

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 total semester credits
  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (6 sem. cr.)
  • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)