M.Sc. Early Childhood Studies (Administration, Management and Leadership) (online study)

Walden University

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Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time
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Intensity: Flexible
Part-time variant: Flexible

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Develop the expertise to help children thrive with Waldens M.S. in Early Childhood Studies. Deepen your understanding of child developmental stages, explore the latest trends and theory in early childhood, and gain the practical skills needed to create environments where children learn and grow. Choose from specializations that can prepare you to work as an administrator in child care programs or centers, impact public policy, teach fellow early childhood educators, or educate diverse populations more effectively.


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

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling.

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6275 to determine whether Waldens programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.


Gain the skills you need to start or manage a child care center or development program. Earning your M.S. in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Administration, Management, and Leadership can give you the knowledge and skills you need to create child-centered programs that promote positive learning experiences for all children. Discover how to plan and manage budgets, as well as recruit, evaluate , and motivate qualified staff. Ensure child safety through regulatory compliance and explore ways to market your program in your community.

Courses in the Administration, Management, and Leadership specialization prepare you to:

  • Lead a curriculum and programmatic content that encourage learning for all children.
  • Recruit, select, hire, and evaluate staff members.
  • Manage finances and operational budgets.
  • Ensure the centers compliance with health, safety, and other state codes.
  • Communicate effectively with parents, family, and the larger community about the center and its programs.

Pursue a variety of professional roles in child care administration and management, including:

  • Child care administrator
  • Assistant director
  • Director of a child care center or program
  • Owner of a child care center
  • Preschool director
  • Program administrator for early childhood programs

Completion Requirements

  • 33 total semester credits
    • Core courses (21 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (Capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 2024 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


A bachelor’s degree or higher. Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

Technological Requirements

Access to a computer and the Internet


Federal Financial Aid

Walden University is certified by the U.S. Department of Education as eligible to participate in a variety of grant and loan programs. Financial aid programs include:


  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
  • TEACH Grants
  • State Grants


  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
  • Private Loans

Do you have questions about financial aid? If you haven´t yet applied to Walden, please contact an enrollment advisor.

Funding Options


Walden University is committed to providing broad access to higher education. Our scholarships are an investment in the future of our students and the future of the communities they serve as advocates for positive social change.

Walden offers merit-based scholarships for academic and professional accomplishments. Certain scholarships may be available to international students.


To recognize and encourage the research and social change efforts of current students and faculty, Walden offers competitive fellowships. These fellowships are administered by the Office of the President, not the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Don E. Ackerman Research Fellowship in Educational Leadership
  • Fellowship in Research and Applications for Social Change
  • Research Fellowship in Distance Education

Other potential sources for funding include:

  • Higher Education Professional Development Program
  • Financial Assistance for International Students
  • U.S. Military and Veteran Benefits
  • Nursing Scholarship Resources
  • Monthly Payment Plans

Some states also have grant programs that they permit their state residents to use to use to attend Walden



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.

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