Tempo Learning: Walden University’s New Competency Based Learning Program


Walden University is excited to debut Tempo Learning, the new and innovative way for students with busy lives to earn a degree at their own pace, on their own terms.

With Tempo Learning, the students of Walden University are able to work on their Master’s or Doctorate degrees in any way that suits their lifestyles. Students are able to work at whatever pace is most conducive to their success, which means speeding up to cover an area already mastered or slowing down in areas that may need a bit more dedicated time and energy put into them. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of Tempo Learning is the ability to work on a degree on any device, from anywhere and whenever the mood strikes.

It’s also benefits the student to work at an accelerated pace because the degree programs through Tempo Learning are less expensive as the length is shortened.

Jonathan A. Kaplan, interim president of Walden, said “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. 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.”

The initial program to be offered through this trailblazing online education tool, is a new M.S. In Early Childhood Studies . This is the first Master’s program of its kind and will focus on the administrative, management and leadership skills that are needed to conquer the early childhood field. The M.S. In Early Childhood Studies program also has The Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) seal of approval.

As a testament to how truly exciting a self-paced, competency based program like Tempo Learning is, here are a few words from Stephanie A. Morris, deputy executive director for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

In the news release on the Walden University website, Ms. Morris says “As someone who has worked in both early childhood education and higher education, I have personally been very excited by the movement to explore competency based learning programs. There is a critical need for more early childhood leaders who help care for and develop the children of our future. Such programs can open doors, potentially allowing early childhood educators opportunities to accelerate their education and earn advanced degrees for the greatest impact in our communities.”

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