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

Walden University

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Credits: 33 credits
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time
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Intensity: Flexible
Part-time variant: Flexible
Structure: Fully structured
Student interaction: No interaction at all
Attendance: No Attendance
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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Develop the expertise to help children thrive with Walden's M.S. in Early Childhood Studies. Deepen your understanding of child developmental stages, explore the latest theories in early childhood, and gain the practical skills needed to create learning-friendly environments. Choose from specializations that can prepare you to work as an administrator in child-care programs or centres, impact public policy, teach fellow early childhood educators, or educate diverse populations more effectively.

Gain the knowledge, abilities, and leadership skills to prepare you for existing and emerging roles both in and out of the classroom. Deepen your understanding of child development and learning, expand your knowledge of effective programs and services. Advance your ability to link issues of inclusion to the impact on student learning and development. Critically examine trends, apply research to relevant problems, and make informed decisions that will impact and improve your ability to work with children in diverse environments.

Become a skilful communicator, team members, relationship-builder, and collaborator with families, colleagues, and agencies.


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

Why choose the Administration, Management and Leadership specialization?

The Administration, Management, and Leadership specialization helps you gain the skills you need to start or manage a child care-centre or development program. Benefit from knowledge and skills that will help you create child-centred programs to 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 by following standard regulations and explore ways to market your program in your community by effectively communicating with parents and family.

Study outcomes

Graduates of the M.S. 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.
  4. Have deep knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion.
  5. Be skilful 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.

Potential careers

Pursue a variety of professional roles in early childhood care, 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 20-24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


Admission requirements for Walden’s programs vary but generally include the following:

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts
  • A bachelor's degree or higher
  • Applicable test scores
  • Completed online application
  • Employment history
  • List of transfer credits

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

Technological Requirements

Access to a computer and the Internet


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