New competency-based M.S. in Early Childhood Studies program uses direct assessment model

competency-basedWalden University is introducing a new self-paced educational experience to help students customize their learning.

Offered through Tempo Learning, the initial program is the new competency-based M.S. in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Administration, Management and Leadership.

Through Tempo Learning at Walden, students can progress at their own pace by applying their existing knowledge and prior experience while focusing on the skills they need to meet the demands of the workforce. Tempo Learning is composed of competencies and rigorous assessments that have been designed by faculty and validated by employers—creating a direct link between education and the workplace.

“For 45 years, Walden has been committed to effecting positive social change and enabling working professionals to continue their employment while they earn their degree,” said Jonathan A. Kaplan, interim president of Walden. “By offering Tempo Learning, we are providing our students with the opportunity to accelerate their application of skills and knowledge to help their organizations and communities thrive.”

(Next page: How students will progress with the competency-based system)

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