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Master of Science in Early Childhood Studies / Teaching & Diversity in Early Childhood

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 Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood specialization, deepen your understanding of the ways diversity affects development and learning in early childhood. Study specific special needs as well as the impact of living in poverty and the effects of stress, violence, and trauma. Learn practical strategies and tools required to work with and teach young children including ways to plan curriculum, create caring and respectful environments, and improve developmental and learning outcomes for every child.


  • 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.