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Master of Science in Early Childhood Studies / Early Childhood Public Policy & Advocacy

Program Details

The online master’s in Early Childhood Studies non-licensure degree program empowers you to deepen your understanding of child development and learning, expand your knowledge of effective programs and services, and enhance your ability to link issues of equity and inclusion to how students learn and grow.

In the Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy specialization, examine the complexities of the infrastructure of the early childhood field from local, state, national, and international perspectives. Analyze how policies are formed, the relationship of policies to politics, and the ways funds are allocated. Study grant writing, family and political advocacy, and research practices as you learn about effective communication plans, public policies, and advocacy initiatives.


  • Must have a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Completed online application and transcripts
  • Materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply

Accreditation & Licensing

The Higher Learning Commission

Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for a period of 7 years, from 2012 to 2019. In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Walden University is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards beginning in fall 2018.