Walden University was founded in 1970 as an experiment, originally proposed in a paper by Harold Hodgkinson, to provide working adults an opportunity to complete their higher degrees while also working toward positive social change. Eventually moving from Florida to Minnesota, Walden was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and grew into a unique and acclaimed online university.

Walden University offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching with specialization in Early Childhood Education (birth-3rd grade). The program is 43 credit hours, and students usually complete their degree in 20 months. With its emphasis on social change, Walden’s Early Childhood Education program stresses the importance of working with diverse children and families, understanding child development, and contributing toward children’s development through active participation in their lives. Students will take part in supervised fieldwork and complete an eportfolio to graduate.

Applicants will need:
• Completed online application
• Employment history
• Official transcripts
• Applicable test scores
• List of transfer credits
• Nonrefundable application fee
Tuition for most online courses is $535 per credit hour. In addition to federal grants and loans, Walden offers a number of scholarships and fellowships to help students complete their education, and students may be eligible for TEACH grants. Military veterans and personnel may qualify for other tuition discounts.