Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies (Tempo Learning)
Walden University

Program Details

The bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Walden University is designed for professionals already working in the field who are looking for career advancement opportunities. The Tempo competency-based learning format allows students to control the pacing and flexibility of their schedule. 

Classes are aligned with standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Video-based case studies allow students to practice inclusive, evidence-based decision making in early childhood settings. Students in this online Early Childhood Education degree program will experience field placements working with infants and toddlers and with children in preschool through third grade. 

Graduates will gain competencies related to:

  • Health and safety for young children
  • Children with exceptionalities
  • Social-emotional development and positive guidance
  • Early literacy
  • Play and creativity
  • Child, family, and community relationships


This program requires two field experiences.

Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Less than 21 years of age with 60 quarter credit hours
  • Active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service
  • Concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not available to residents of New York and Rhode Island.