2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (December 2013) 
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2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (December 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Early Childhood

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The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Early Childhood prepares professionals for leadership and advocacy roles in a variety of early childhood settings and positions at the local, regional, state, or federal level. In this post-master’s program, students explore child development and learning theory; familial, cultural, and societal influences on early childhood; and quantitative and qualitative research methods for studying human development. Providing a broad perspective on the complex, interdisciplinary landscape of the early childhood field, coursework examines national and international perspectives on child development; the interaction of disciplines such as medicine, psychology, and public health in the field; and the impact of public policy and funding on systems and services. A final capstone course encourages students to examine the characteristics of effective leadership in the field and apply their knowledge to create positive change in a specific early childhood setting.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Document the use of research-based knowledge and skills in the areas of child development and/or teaching and learning to evaluate current practices and programs.
  2. Assess the role of sociocultural contexts, diversity, and human relationships in influencing the development of young children.
  3. Develop graduate-level scholarly skills (use of resources, scholarly writing, and critical thinking).
  4. Apply self-reflection to evaluate and ensure professional growth as advocates and leaders who promote positive social change in the field of early childhood.
  5. Evaluate existing systems of early care, education, and work to improve outcomes for young children and their families.
  6. Demonstrate abilities as skillful leaders, managers of change, relationship-builders, and collaborators with family members, colleagues, and agencies related to the field of early childhood to promote positive short- and long-term outcomes for young children and families and positive social change.
  7. Demonstrate leading positive social change through the process of producing a capstone project.

Degree Requirements

  • 36 total semester credit hours
  • Foundation course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Applied Research course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • Capstone course (6 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 6 semesters enrollment

Core Curriculum

Course Sequence

Semester Course Credits
1 EDUC 7850 - Foundations in Early Childhood: Developing a Shared Vision* 6 sem. cr.
2 EDUC 7851 - Global Perspectives on Development and Learning 6 sem. cr.
3 EDUC 7852 - Applied Research in Education 6 sem. cr.
4 EDUC 7853 - Influences of Family, Culture, and Society in Early Childhood 6 sem. cr.
5 EDUC 7854 - Dynamics of Early Childhood Policies and Systems 6 sem. cr.
6 EDUC 7856 - Capstone: Advocacy and Leadership for Positive Social Change 6 sem. cr.

*Note: This course may not be taken concurrently with any other course.

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