Gain the skills you need to pursue a rewarding career guiding, teaching, and motivating young children. Earn your degree at your own pace.

Why Earn Your BS in Early Childhood Studies at Walden?

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  • Build knowledge through rigorous coursework aligned with National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.
  • Customize your learning experience with Walden’s Tempo Learning® format, which gives you control over the pacing of your studies and program cost.
  • Analyze authentic, video-based case studies to develop inclusive, evidence-based practices in an early childhood setting.
  • Get hands-on training with two field experiences in different areas of expertise: infants and toddlers and children in grades P–3.
  • Acquire new skills that you can apply immediately in the field.
  • Learn from published, nationally recognized experts in the field of early childhood education.

Developed in collaboration with employers and subject matter experts, the BS in Early Childhood Studies curriculum is designed to equip you with skills that are highly marketable in the field. This program is ideal for professionals already working in this vocation who seek career advancement and greater job security.


If you need additional credit hours to meet the 45 transfer credits required for admission, Walden has partnered with StraighterLine to offer you affordable and transferable online courses. Choose from 60 online courses to earn general education credits guaranteed to transfer into your Walden undergraduate program.

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Tempo Learning - BS in Early Childhood Studies

Tempo Learning - Master of Early Childhood Studies Degree
You've spent hours creating lesson plans, days setting up your classroom, and years growing in your profession. What if you could apply the skills you've gained in those hours, days, and years to your early childhood studies degree? Tempo Learning is a new way to learn where you set the pace and leverage your real world experiences toward earning a degree that can take you further faster. Tempo Learning by Walden University-- it's time for a change.

Tempo Learning® provides an innovative way for you to control how you work toward your degree.

  • Flexibility that fits your schedule
  • Control what you learn and when
  • Set your price by setting your pace
  • Let your experience work for you

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BS in Early Childhood Studies online program will be prepared to:

  • Promote environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Apply knowledge of child development to support positive outcomes for young children.
  • Develop respectful and responsive partnerships with families and communities to support the healthy development and learning of young children.
  • Differentiate practices to support a socially, culturally, and linguistically diverse population of young children and families, including those with exceptionalities.
  • Apply reflective, collaborative, and critical perspectives to professional practice that promote advocacy and social change.

Career Impact

Help Young Children Shape a Promising Future

With growing emphasis on the importance of early childhood education, there is a trend toward requiring more qualifications for those working with children. Earn a degree that can prepare you for career advancement and more opportunities to make a difference in children’s lives.

As a graduate of this bachelor's in early childhood studies degree program, you can pursue roles in childcare programs, governmental agencies, and other early childhood educational settings. These roles include:

  • Preschool or childcare center teacher
  • In-home EC care provider
  • Head Start teacher
  • Paraprofessional in primary grades
  • Social and human services assistant

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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.

This program is not eligible for Title IV funds or any other federal financial aid loan programs. Students enrolling in this program will be required to pay the tuition themselves or seek private loan financing.

This early childhood studies degree program requires two field experiences. Prior to participation in the field experiences, the student will be required to complete a criminal background check and fingerprinting and obtain specified immunizations, TB testing, and liability insurance. It is the student’s responsibility to determine if these requirements would impact their ability to participate in the required field experiences.

Cost and time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. For information on estimating your time to degree completion with Tempo Learning, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.


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