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Few professions are as rewarding as those that nurture children’s developmental needs. Our non-licensure MS in Early Childhood Studies delivered through Tempo Learning® will improve your ability to work with children in diverse environments so you can promote positive learning experiences for all children and will empower you to:

  • Deepen your understanding of child development and learning.
  • Expand your knowledge of effective programs and services.
  • Enhance your ability to link issues of equity and inclusion to how students learn and grow.

Tempo Learning®

The MS in Early Childhood Studies program delivered through Tempo Learning® by Walden is a custom-paced, competency-based education option for working professionals, meaning that your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Each competency we include in your path to a degree has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.

This custom-paced online program allows you to learn and advance on your own schedule. Walden faculty engage proactively with you on each competency, sharing their expertise to ensure you gain the knowledge needed to impact your career. In addition, your real-life experience and prior knowledge can be used to demonstrate what you already know and potentially accelerate your progress to save time and money.

Tempo Learning - MS 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 MS in Early Childhood Studies program will be prepared 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

Through this self-paced online program for working professionals, you can learn and advance by completing a series of competencies on your own schedule. Tempo Learning lets you accomplish your education goals at your pace, with faculty available to assist you when you need help. Plus, your prior experience may help you advance as you demonstrate what you already know through competency assessments – which can save you time and money.


We’ve designed our competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies program not only to help you succeed in your career as the field continues to grow—but also to make earning your degree more achievable. Spend less time covering information you’ve already mastered, and apply your new knowledge to make an immediate difference on the job.

  • Choose from Two Specializations
    Our competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies program offers two specializations so that you can focus your learning in an area that matches your career goals. Choose the Administration, Management, and Leadership specialization or the Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings specialization.
  • Study With a Respected Institution
    Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)Our MS in Early Childhood Studies is in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. Walden is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of 7 years, from April 24, 2012, to June 30, 2019.
  • Develop Your Leadership Capabilities
    As you broaden your understanding of the field’s challenges and opportunities, you’ll become a stronger leader in early childhood education. You’ll find yourself better equipped than ever to assume roles that impact your profession.

To learn more and find out if a competency-based format is right for you, contact an enrollment advisor today at 1-855-598-3427.

Walden University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2019 through June 2026. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation, promoting excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. Walden University earned CAEP accreditation by meeting rigorous national standards and demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

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.

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