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MS in Early Childhood Studies

Gain the knowledge and leadership skills you need to prepare for the expanding opportunities in the early childhood field. Deepen your understanding of child development and learning and study effective programs and practices. Critically examine issues, trends, and current research to create and sustain enriching programs and practices. Develop the practical strategies and tools required to plan curricula and to create caring and respectful learning environments. Broaden your knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion and learn to address inequities and advocate for children and families.

Receive a 10% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

New! Earn your degree on your terms with Tempo Learning

In addition to the course-based MS in Early Childhood Studies program, Walden offers a self-paced, competency-based option. Through Tempo Learning™ by Walden, you can learn at the pace that is right for you. The faster you learn, the less you pay.


Enroll in the nation's first online, competency-based master's program in early childhood education, which allows you to make progress by completing assignments to demonstrate your mastery of skills.

Let your experience and prior knowledge accelerate your progress, potentially saving you time and money. Speak with an enrollment advisor today to hear more about these program options.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contact you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the program that’s right for you, then apply.

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  • Administration, Management, and Leadership
  • Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education


The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited college, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness and improving student achievement.

Why a Walden MS in Early Childhood Studies?

Aligns with NAEYC Standards - This program's learning outcomes are informed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.
National Experts - Access recognized experts and practitioners in the field, including Dr. Sue Bredekamp, Dr. Pamela Winton, and Dr. Aisha Ray.
Exceptional Student Support from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.
Relevant Curriculum - Coursework is based on the latest research and current best practices as well as real-life applications and observations.

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