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Walden University Online

Reasons to Choose Walden University:
  • NEA Academy Partner: Out of more than 110 online master's degree programs in education, Walden's programs were selected by the National Education Association (NEA) Academy to offer NEA members high-quality professional development opportunities at a valuable savings.
  • The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University is a accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is proud to be the home of more than 60 state teachers of the year.
  • Numerous scholarships available for educators.
  • No. 1 Largest Online Graduate Program in Education By Enrollment U.S. News & World Report

NEA Academy Partnership Benefits

As an educator, you recognize that better teachers can make a bigger impact in the classroom and beyond. Master your craft and gain new insights into becoming a more effective teacher when you pursue your master's degree at Walden's Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. Flexible, affordable, and convenient, these online degree and certificate programs emphasize skills and strategies you can apply immediately to enhance your students' learning and outcomes.

In partnership with the NEA Academy, the Riley College of Education and Leadership offers NEA members a 10% tuition reduction*† and a $50 application fee waiver when they enroll as new students in either of the following master's programs:

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Master of Science in Education
Walden University's M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) is an online degree program that focuses on increasing teacher and student success. The program's cutting-edge curriculum connects students with nationally recognized education experts, researchers, and scholars. Students gain access to leading technology, including electronic portfolios, podcasts, and Virtual Field Experiences(TM). In addition, M.S.Ed. alumni strongly endorse their Walden experience. More than 95% of M.S.Ed. graduates said earning their degrees at Walden enhanced their professional performance (based on Walden's 2007 graduate survey respondents).

Walden's M.S.Ed. program is offered through The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, named for the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. The college is the choice of more than 37,000 students and alumni. Walden also supports the teaching profession by offering more than $5 million in education scholarships for classroom teachers.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Treat students equitably, recognizing the individual differences that distinguish one student from another and adjusting their practice based on observation and knowledge of their students' interests, abilities, skills, knowledge, family circumstances, and peer relationships.
  2. Create multiple paths to the subjects they teach, through their knowledge of how the subject is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and applied to real-world settings.
  3. Manage and monitor student learning to create, enrich, maintain, and alter instructional settings to capture and sustain the interest of their students and to make the most effective use of time.
  4. Draw on knowledge of human development, subject matter and instruction, and understanding of students to make principled judgments about sound practice.
  5. Contribute to the effectiveness of the school by working collaboratively with families, the community, and other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development, and staff development.

Courses in the Master of Science in Education Degree program include:

  • Teacher as Professional
  • Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Enhancing Learning Through Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
  • Action Research for Educators

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Adolescent Literacy and Technology (Grades 6-12) -
Master of Science in Education

The value of technology in promoting adolescent literacy is one of the most exciting developments in the field of education today. In this specialization, you will develop cutting-edge expertise in the use of technology to motivate middle- and high-school students, enabling you to help them achieve higher degrees of literacy and success across all content areas. You will also learn how to help your students tap into the skills they use in their technology-rich lives outside of the classroom to improve their overall literacy.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Use foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum.
  2. Use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
  3. Use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
  4. Design the physical environment to optimize students' use of traditional print, digital, and online resources in reading and writing instruction.
  5. Design a social environment that is low risk and includes choice, motivation, and scaffolded support to optimize students' opportunities for learning to read and write.
  6. Use routines to support reading and writing instruction (e.g., time allocation, transitions from one activity to another, discussions, and peer feedback).
  7. Use a variety of classroom configurations (e.g., whole class, small group, and individual) to differentiate instruction.
  8. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
  9. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.
  10. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
  11. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
  12. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
  13. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
  14. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.
  15. Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and appropriate documentation of sources.
  16. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.

Courses in the Adolescent Literacy and Technology (Grades 6-12) MSEd Degree program include:

  • Reading in the Content Areas, Grades 6-12
  • Writing in the Content Areas, Grades 6-12
  • Supporting Information Literacy and Online Inquiry in the Classroom
  • Integrating Technology Across the Content Areas
  • Supporting Struggling Readers, Grades 6-12
  • Reaching and Engaging All Learners Through Technology

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Instructional Design & Technology - Master of Science
This program will teach you to build quality education courses and training experiences. You'll learn to apply theory, research, creativity, and problem-solving skills to a variety of technology applications in order to improve learning. You will also develop the skills to assess, create, and manage training materials. The combination of these skills will help you to support technology supported training in educational institutions and corporate training classrooms. Through your coursework, you will gain the experience needed to efficiently and effectively use technology and multimedia tools.

This specialization offers a core of education, instructional design, research, project management, and evaluation courses designed to give you a well-rounded education with direct application in the workplace. With a heavy emphasis on leadership, problem-solving skills, and hands-on design experience, this specialization provides a solid foundation for career success. Embedded in the specialization is a certificate in Instructional Design that you will automatically earn after completing the fifth course. Earning this certificate demonstrates to potential employers the skills you have already gained and to your current employer just how far you have already progressed. Upon graduation, you can also earn an additional certificate in either or both Training and Performance Improvement or Online Learning.

Courses in the Instructional Design & Technology MS Degree program include:
  • Learning Theories and Instruction
  • Advanced Instructional Design
  • Multimedia Design and Development
  • Project Management in Education and Training
  • Foundations of Research
  • Distance Learning

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Instructional Design & Technology / Online Learning -
Master of Science

Although distance learning is not a new concept, using the Internet for delivering course content is growing. Higher education institutions, K–12 schools and corporate training all are discovering the value of online learning. With the Online Learning specialization, you will learn from a pioneer and experienced leader in online content development and instructional delivery. You'll learn to produce and deliver courses or training modules using online 21st century delivery methods. You will gain effective strategies for engaging and teaching distance learners and the ability to assess student-learning outcomes in online environments.

In this specialization, you will:

  • Learn effective methods for managing and delivering online instruction.
  • Apply up-to-date instructional strategies in combination with multimedia technologies and strategic course management tools.
  • Develop and implement assessment strategies in online education and training environments.
  • Review and analyze research and practical strategies for assessing student learning.

Embedded in this specialization is a certificate in Instructional Design that you earn after completing the fifth course. Earning this certificate demonstrates to potential employers the skills you have already gained and to your current employer just how far you have already progressed. Upon graduation, you can also earn an additional certificate in Training and Performance Improvement.

Courses in the Instructional Design & Technology / Online Learning MS Degree program include:
  • Foundations of Research
  • Distance Learning
  • Project Management in Education and Training
  • Program Evaluation
  • Online Instructional Strategies
  • Assessments in Online Environments

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Adult Education Leadership - Doctor of Philosophy
The historical roots of social change are grounded in adult education. This specialization is designed for educators who want to think broadly about the field of adult education, whether in community-based settings, schools, and government, or the private sector. The specialization guides students in understanding the interdisciplinary nature of adult education as a field of study, principles of adult learning and development, and the impact of adult educators on organizations and communities in which they work.

Courses in the Adult Education Leadership PhD program include:

  • Breadth: Interdisciplinary Foundations and Theory in Adult Education and Learning
  • Depth: Current Research in Adult Education and Learning
  • Application: Professional Practice in Adult Learning
  • Breadth: Principles for Adult Education Leaders
  • Depth: Current Research in Program Planning and Delivery
  • Application: Professional Practice for Adult Education Leaders

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Community College Leadership - Doctor of Philosophy
"Community colleges are facing an impending crisis in leadership." This statement echoes throughout the community college literature of the last decade and is the opening sentence of an executive summary of a recent report from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). A number of national studies confirm that over two-thirds of the presidents and other key administrators will be retiring in the next seven to eight years; 62,000 new full-time faculty will also be needed in the same time period.

Concurrently, America's community colleges are undergoing profound changes as the student population shifts predominantly to mature, working adults and as the methods of teaching and learning change to electronic modes and other distance approaches. Students in the Community College Leadership specialization (whether from the perspective of president, academic leader, student services, technology specialist, specific area program officer, or other leadership positions within the community college) will develop proficiency in knowing how individuals, particularly adults, learn most effectively, what tools and strategies best promote learning, and how educational systems and policies can be changed to promote the mission of the community college in today's society.

Courses in the Community College Leadership PhD program include:

  • Breadth: Perspectives on the Role of the Community College
  • Depth: Current Research on Trends in the Community College
  • Application: Professional Practice and Current Trends in Community Colleges
  • Breadth: Perspectives on Leadership and Strategic Planning in Community Colleges
  • Depth: Current Research on Leadership and Strategic Planning in Community Colleges
  • Application: Professional Practice in Leadership and Strategic Planning in Community Colleges

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Early Childhood Education - Doctor of Philosophy
As the demographics of the family and workforce change, the nation is increasingly turning its attention to the critical need for early childhood development and education. At Walden, you will gain the expertise to lead in the creation and implementation of new program practices, to apply emerging research on development in the early years, and to conceptualize new paradigms for early learning. Graduates attain key positions in college teaching, research endeavors, leadership positions, and advocacy roles addressing the young child, birth through age 8. Other positions include director of kindergarten, curriculum specialist, and director of a Head Start program.

Courses in the Early Childhood Education PhD program include:

  • Breadth: Theories of Intelligence, Learning, and Motivation: Birth to Age 8
  • Depth: Early Childhood Program Delivery in a Multicultural/ Multifaceted Society
  • Application: Professional Practice Using Learning and Motivational Theory in Context
  • Breadth: Organization of Early Childhood and Primary Education Programs
  • Depth: Critical Issues in Early Childhood and Primary Education Programs
  • Application: Early Childhood and Primary Programs: A Comprehensive Approach

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Educational Technology - Doctor of Philosophy
With today's increased use of technology, the majority of American schools are not only wired for Internet use, but are continually integrating new forms of technology. A specialization in Educational Technology enables you to support a diverse community of learners using technology and effectively integrate technology into your curriculum. Designed with a strong emphasis on research, doctoral writing, and critical thinking, the course curriculum not only helps you to be successful during the prospectus and dissertation process, but serves you well beyond the classroom by preparing you for grant writing and professional publication. Regardless of your chosen field, you can acquire the specialized high-level skills and knowledge that can help you reach your professional goals in an ever-advancing technological age.

Courses in the Educational Technology PhD program include:

  • Evolution of Educational Technology in Society, Education and the Workplace
  • Diffusion and Integration of Technology in Education
  • Principles of Distance Education
  • Leading and Managing Educational Technology
  • Designing Instruction for Distance Education
  • Learning Theory and Educational Technology

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General Program - Doctor of Philosophy
The General Program in Education is intended for students whose professional practice and career goals cover a range of educational topics or are interdisciplinary, combining specific education subjects with complementary subjects from the humanities, natural or social and behavioral sciences.

Courses in the General PhD program include:

  • Foundations for Doctoral Study
  • Theories of Social Change
  • Theories of Human Development
  • Theories of Organizational and Social Systems
  • Research Theory, Design and Methods
  • Theories of Intelligence, Learning, and Motivation as a Basic Praxis

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Higher Education - Doctor of Philosophy
During the 21st century, colleges and universities will undergo profound transformations as the student population becomes older and more diverse, and as educational methods incorporate more technological solutions and distance approaches. Building on the foundational core KAMs in the social and behavioral sciences, the Higher Education curriculum emphasizes proficiency in understanding the needs of a changing clientele and academic community; analyzing and implementing strategies to promote learning and to support development in higher education; and learning how systems and policies can be used to ensure organizational effectiveness and social change in postsecondary settings. Contexts for the study and practice of higher education include community colleges; private and public liberal arts colleges; distance-learning institutions; regional and state universities; proprietary, technical, and trade schools; state and federal agencies; and national professional associations.

Courses in the Higher Education PhD program include:

  • Multiple Perspectives on Learning and Development in Higher Education
  • Perspectives on the Effectiveness of Higher Education Organizations
  • Advanced Research: Conducting Pilot and Field Studies
  • Advanced Research: Communicating Knowledge in Educational Research
  • Research Theory, Design and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning

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K-12 Educational Leadership - Doctor of Philosophy
Walden's K-12 Educational Leadership specialization provides a much-needed new model for advanced study in the field of educational leadership. Our highly flexible, student-centered curriculum is designed to create local, regional, and state education professionals who can relate to diverse, multicultural K-12 and community-based school populations. While the program does not lead to licensure or certification as a K-12 administrator, it does offer educators the opportunity for growth as scholar-practitioners with a curriculum that integrates scholarly research with educators' expertise in the field.

Courses in the K-12 Educational Leadership PhD program include:

  • Educational Law, Public Policy, and Political Systems
  • Supervision, Evaluation, and Human Resources in Education
  • Student Personnel Services
  • School Financial Management
  • Reflective Instructional Practice
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation

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Self-Designed - Doctor of Philosophy
Educators who are interested in pursuing an area that is not among the specializations currently offered may develop their own specialization with the approval of the faculty chair. Current students have developed self-designed specializations in curriculum areas, such as math education, science education, art or music education, and literacy, as well as in discipline areas, such as English-language learning and urban education.

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Special Education - Doctor of Philosophy
Most K-12 educators are strong advocates for improved services for exceptional/disabled individuals. Unfortunately, resources for the delivery of these services are often far less than schools and school districts desire. At Walden, you will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in the special education field and to better assist your own students in the self-actualization process. Emphasis is on services to exceptional/disabled individuals and to the related areas of special education administration, including law, finance, and ethics. Graduates hold leadership, administrative, and teaching positions in schools and school districts and research and teaching positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Other positions include director of special education and director of disability services.

Courses in the Special Education PhD program include:

  • Professional Practice and Social Change: Special Education
  • Current Research in Human Exceptionality
  • Individuals With Special Needs: Social, Legal, Political, and Economic Systems in Context
  • Theories and Principles of Human Learning and the Human Side of Exceptionalities
  • Educators as Facilitators of Inclusive Learning in Varied Educational Environments
  • Diversity and Exceptionality in Special Education: Leading Within Learning Organizations

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Adult Education - Doctor of Education
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Adult Education leverages Walden's more than 40 years of experience educating adults. Benefit from our experience and prepare to design, develop, and lead effective adult education programs in higher education institutions, corporations, workforce development settings, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) programs, and other adult learning environments.

Through applied research and practical coursework, this adult education online degree program can help you develop the expertise you need to empower lifelong learners. You'll examine key concepts in adult education theory, best practices for facilitating adult learning, and quantitative and qualitative methods for creating and assessing effective learning experiences for adults. This curriculum is uniquely designed to teach research skills within content-specific courses, allowing you to immediately apply knowledge to practice. Your final doctoral study project gives you the opportunity to focus on adult education in a particular community and advance your knowledge in this increasingly relevant profession.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply knowledge related to the current research-based literature and trends in adult learning.
  2. Demonstrate the reflective teaching and learning skills needed by a professional in adult learning.
  3. Provide evidence of knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate, synthesize, and interpret educational research.
  4. Independently conduct, evaluate, and apply research in making, implementing, and evaluating educational decisions.
  5. Exhibit the ability to provide leadership via effective communication and use of technology.
  6. Articulate the impact of global interrelationships and affirm diversity in your own work in adult learning.
  7. Apply collaborative skills with a range of stakeholders in adult learning organizations in order to effect positive social change.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to impact social change in adult education.

Courses in the Adult Education EdD Degree program include:

  • The Changing Context of Postsecondary and Adult Teaching and Learning
  • How Adults Learn: Theory and Research
  • Applied Research in Education
  • Designing and Assessing Learning Experiences
  • Facilitating Adult Learning
  • Adult Learning: Trends, Issues, Global Perspectives

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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment - Doctor of Education
This Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) specialization is designed for educators who want to drive innovation and change at the systemic level, including the district, regional, state, and federal levels. Through a blend of learning and organizational theory, you can develop expertise in the latest research and best practices in curriculum design, teacher professional development, and program assessment. You can learn the strategies you need to effect measurable change in K–12 schools. You can also acquire the critical-thinking and research skills needed to shape schools and school systems in order to meet the diverse needs of all students.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Facilitate the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school or district vision of learning supported by the school community.
  2. Promote a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.
  3. Manage the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborate with families and other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  5. Act with integrity, fairly, and in an ethical manner.
  6. Understand, respond to, and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

Courses in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment EdD Degree program include:

  • Foundations for Doctoral Study in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Leadership for Today’s Schools
  • Applied Research in Education
  • Systemic Curriculum Design: Rigor, Relevance, and Results
  • Data-Driven Instruction and Assessment
  • Effective Professional Development

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Early Childhood - Doctor of Education
The early childhood field brings together professionals, families, programs, and agencies that impact every aspect of children's lives from prenatal development through age 8. The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Early Childhood prepares you to lead and advocate effectively within this dynamic landscape, fostering positive outcomes for young children and their families.

In this specialization, you will explore the complex family, cultural, social, and socioeconomic influences that affect child development and learning as well as the history, ethics, and interdisciplinary nature of the field. While examining the trends and issues that affect young children, you will explore in-depth topics including family dynamics, risk factors such as poverty and trauma, and the factors that support resilience. Through case studies, you'll deepen your understanding of how public programs, funding, and policies impact children's lives. By studying current national and international research in the field, you can develop a global perspective on child development as well as quality programs, practices, and policies. Through your doctoral study, you can pursue your own original research.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Document the use of research-based knowledge and skills in the areas of child development and/or teaching and learning to evaluate current practices and programs.
  2. Assess the role of sociocultural contexts, diversity, and human relationships in influencing the development of young children.
  3. Develop graduate-level scholarly skills (use of resources, scholarly writing, and critical thinking).
  4. Critically evaluate existing research in areas related to the early childhood field such as areas of child development or early childhood education.
  5. Apply self-reflection to evaluate and ensure professional growth as advocates and leaders who promote positive social change in the field of early childhood.
  6. Evaluate existing systems of early care, education, and work to improve outcomes for young children and their families.
  7. Demonstrate abilities as skillful leaders, managers of change, relationship-builders, and collaborators with family members, colleagues, and agencies related to the field of early childhood to promote positive short- and long-term outcomes for young children and families and positive social change.
  8. Demonstrate the appropriate use of research methods through the process of producing a research project.

Courses in the Early Childhood EdD Degree program include:

  • Foundations in Early Childhood: Developing a Shared Vision
  • Global Perspectives on Development and Learning
  • Applied Research in Education
  • Influences of Family, Culture, and Society in Early Childhood
  • Dynamics of Early Childhood Policies and Systems
  • Advocacy and Leadership for Positive Social Change

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Higher Education Leadership - Doctor of Education
The Higher Education Leadership specialization is designed for administrators and managers at both two- and four-year colleges and universities and for professionals looking to enter or advance their careers in the higher education administration field. Develop the leadership skills and management principles that can prepare you to lead change across your institution. The leadership-focused curriculum, which is centered on student learning, was developed with input from recognized experts in higher education who have high-level experience in such areas as learning college framework, outcomes assessment, and research models for highly engaging and effective institutions.

This program incorporates a series of academic requirements, or milestones, designed to ensure that educators have acquired the necessary competencies and expertise to be more effective. At each milestone, progress within the program will be evaluated using assessments that align with national professional standards or overall learning outcomes established by the college. Walden's faculty will help you master core concepts and principles, while student support services can provide additional academic, advising, and technical assistance. Successful advancement beyond each milestone helps to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in your professional field.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Employ leadership and management strategies that drive and sustain a diverse learning organization.
  2. Independently conduct, evaluate, and apply research in making and implementing strategic decisions.
  3. Create entrepreneurial and innovative solutions that anticipate and address real-world problems.
  4. Proactively collaborate, negotiate, and advocate in ways that honor the needs and interests of all stakeholders.
  5. Find, deploy, allocate, and manage resources to achieve learning-centered priorities in an ethical, legally compliant, and fiscally responsible manner.
  6. Collaborate within and across organizations to promote individual and societal advancement in a global context.

Courses in the Higher Education Leadership EdD Degree program include:

  • The Learning-Centered Institution
  • The New Higher Education Enterprise
  • Applied Research in Education
  • Transformative Leadership in Higher Education
  • Achieving Coherence in Complex Organizations
  • Managing Resources to Drive Change in Higher Education

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Teacher Leadership - Doctor of Education
The Teacher Leadership specialization is designed for educators who want to continue teaching while assuming influential roles in their school and community. It focuses on the “educator as leader” and empowers experienced master educators to effect change and improve student learning.

This program incorporates a series of academic requirements, or milestones, designed to ensure students have acquired the necessary competencies and expertise to be a more effective educator. At each milestone, progress within the program will be evaluated using assessments that align with national professional standards. Walden's faculty will help students master core concepts and principles, while student support services can provide additional academic, advising, and technical assistance. Successful advancement beyond each milestone certifies that students have the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions to make a positive impact in their classroom, school, and community.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the current literature and trends in education.
  2. Demonstrate the reflective teaching and learning skills needed by a professional in the field of education.
  3. Utilize effective communication skills in presenting academic research so as to elicit social change.
  4. Identify and propose a solution to educational problem(s). (designing/developing research)
  5. Demonstrate leadership via effective communication and use of technology.
  6. Demonstrate leadership through effective communication about educational issues/topics to popular audiences in written work, speech, and through using technology.
  7. Utilize effective communication skills in presenting academic research so as to elicit social change.
  8. Show awareness of global interrelationships and affirm diversity in their own work about teaching and learning.
  9. Be familiar with scholarship in the field of education that is sensitive to global interrelationships and affirms diversity.
  10. Collaborate with a range of stakeholders in education and/or learning organizations in order to effect positive social change.
  11. Demonstrate active commitment to social change.

Courses in the Teacher Leadership EdD Degree program include:

  • Foundations: Teacher Leadership
  • Leadership for Today’s Schools
  • Applied Research in Education
  • Teaching and Learning: Theory and Research
  • Collegial Interactions and Professional Development
  • Teacher Leadership: Trends, Issues, Global Perspectives

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Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development - Education Specialist
Walden's Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development is a curriculum and instruction program designed to help K–12 educators and administrators develop the expertise to improve student outcomes and teacher effectiveness. A unique blend of two critical areas of expertise, this program can help prepare you to become a highly effective curriculum specialist and professional developer of teachers.

The Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development is based on the standards of the National Staff Development Council. And with no residency requirement, this curriculum development program allows you to more easily balance your education with your personal and professional commitments.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Organize adults into learning communities whose goals are aligned with those of the school and district.
  2. Require skillful school and district leaders who guide continuous instructional improvement.
  3. Require resources to support adult learning and collaboration.
  4. Use disaggregated student data to determine adult learning priorities, monitor progress, and help sustain continuous improvement.
  5. Use multiple sources of information to guide improvement and demonstrate its impact.
  6. Prepare educators to apply research to decision making.
  7. Use learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal.
  8. Apply knowledge about human learning and change.
  9. Provide educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate.
  10. Prepare educators to understand and appreciate all students; create safe, orderly, and supportive learning environments; and hold high expectations for their academic achievement.
  11. Deepen educators' content knowledge, provide them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepare them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately.
  12. Provide educators with knowledge and skills to involve families and other stakeholders appropriately.

Courses in the Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development EdS program include:

  • Foundations: Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development
  • Leading Effective Curriculum Design
  • Leading Research-Based Instructional Practices
  • Using Assessment and Data for School Improvement
  • Qualities of Effective Professional Development
  • Designing Professional Development

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Educational Leadership and Administration
(Principal Preparation) - Education Specialist

Walden's curriculum is focused on preparing you to:

  • Understand and manage complex educational issues. 
  • Assess, improve, and provide quality instructional programs. 
  • Recruit, hire, and retain school personnel committed to improving student learning. 
  • Create a shared strategic vision. 
  • Encourage and inspire students, teachers, staff members, families, and the community to work together to provide a safe and secure learning environment.

This is a unique, scholar-practitioner educational leadership degree program that's grounded in current research. This program is designed to provide students with opportunities to respond to authentic case studies, participate in school leadership experiences, work side by side with principal mentors, and develop the ability to impact social change.

The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration is approved for principal licensure in Minnesota and Ohio. Upon successful completion of this program, Its curriculum is aligned with the standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC), and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA).

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Lead initiatives that evaluate and improve instructional programs. 
  2. Effectively manage all personnel and provide ongoing evaluation and professional development in teaching and learning. 
  3. Create a strategic plan using a visioning process to be shared and supported by all stakeholders. 
  4. Use data to effectively manage the organization and resources for a safe, secure, and effective learning environment. 
  5. Address community interests and diverse needs through communicating and collaborating with internal and external publics. 
  6. Articulate the school's role within the broader political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context and responding effectively to changes that impact the school community. 
  7. Model democratic value systems, ethics, and moral leadership; supporting others to grow and develop as caring and informed citizens.

Courses in the Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) EdS program include:

  • Foundations: Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Teaching and Learning for School Leaders
  • Communication and Collaboration for Leaders
  • Ensuring Quality Education for Students with Diverse Needs
  • Policy and Law in School Organizations
  • Using Data to Strengthen Schools

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Special Education (Non-Licensure) - Education Specialist
The curriculum, designed to reflect professional criteria set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children, includes an emphasis on research methodology to help you more effectively evaluate and improve special education programs and instruction.

This advanced graduate-level program is designed for individuals who seek a leadership role in public and private schools or community service agencies. The curriculum, aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Role Content Standards, includes an emphasis on research methodology to help you more effectively evaluate and improve special education programs and instruction.

This degree program can help you:

  • Collaborate effectively with families and school staff to enhance special education practice. 
  • Assist with school-wide prevention and intervention efforts. 
  • Support teacher in-service training in special education. 
  • Illustrate your knowledge in special education through a capstone project that will provide the opportunity to apply knowledge in your own school or organization.

Courses in the Special Education (Non-Licensure) EdS program include:

  • Foundations: Special Education
  • Leadership, Advocacy, Policy, and Law
  • Applied Research in Education
  • Specialized Instruction
  • Research Methodology and Special Education
  • School-Wide Intervention Models
  • Sustaining and Supporting Effective Practices in Special Education (Capstone)

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Teacher Leadership - Education Specialist
The Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership program is designed for educators who want to quickly increase their ability to make contributions to their school or organization, thereby improving the lives of their students. The program's curriculum focuses on best practices that can be applied immediately in the classroom. This empowers educators at all levels of experience to use research to effect change and improve student learning, while developing the skills needed for professional advancement. And since there is no residency requirement, you can more easily balance your education with your personal and professional commitments. In addition, some of the coursework you complete as part of this post-master's degree program can apply to a Walden doctoral degree in education, allowing you to earn that degree in less time.

Courses in the Teacher Leadership EdS program include:

  • Foundations: Teacher Leadership
  • Leadership for Today's Schools
  • Applied Research in Education
  • Teaching and Learning: Theory and Research
  • Collegial Interactions and Professional Development
  • Teacher Leadership Capstone: Trends, Issues, and Global Perspectives

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Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability (Course-Based Format) - Doctor of Philosophy
The demand for accountability and the need to invest resources more effectively are growing across all industries. With this specialization, you can acquire the expertise to assess and evaluate program effectiveness, design evaluation and accountability systems, and implement processes for continual improvements. Position yourself as a leader in the field, operating with a strong ethical approach that integrates sociopolitical awareness and a commitment to positive social change through best practice. This specialization is applicable across a range of sectors, including education, healthcare, government, corporate, and nonprofit settings.

Courses in the Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability (Course-Based Format) PhD Degree program include:

  • A New Vision of Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability: The Sociological, Political, and Economic Contexts
  • Assessing for Individual Growth
  • Evaluating and Improving Programs, Organizations, and Systems
  • Dynamics of Communication for Impact and Results
  • Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement

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Educational Technology (Course-Based Format) -
Doctor of Philosophy

With today's increased use of technology, most American schools are wired for Internet use and are also continually integrating new forms of technology. A specialization in Educational Technology enables you to support a diverse community of learners using technology and effectively integrate technology into your curriculum. Designed with a strong emphasis on research and theory, doctoral writing, and critical thinking, the course curriculum not only helps you be successful during the prospectus and dissertation process but also serves you well beyond the classroom by preparing you for leadership in your workplace. Regardless of your chosen field, you can acquire specialized high-level skills and knowledge that can help you reach your professional goals in an ever-advancing technological age.

Courses in the Educational Technology (Course-Based Format) PhD Degree program include:

  • Evolution of Educational Technology
  • Diffusion and Integration of Technology in Education
  • Principles of Distance Education
  • Leading and Managing Educational Technology
  • Designing Instruction for Distance Education
  • Learning Theory and Educational Technology

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Leadership, Policy, and Change in Education (Course-Based Format) - Doctor of Philosophy
The creation and implementation of education policy is critical to advancing change in the field. This specialization is designed for school, district, and other educational leaders across the education spectrum, from preschool through higher education, who want to continue to enhance their leadership abilities and influence policy at the local, national, and institutional levels. You can gain the skills you need to provide informed leadership, affect policy, and guide the change process at all levels of the education system. This specialization is offered in a course-based format that allows you to follow a structured timeline to degree completion.

Courses in the Leadership, Policy, and Change in Education (Course-Based Format) PhD Degree program include:

  • Governance and Politics of Education
  • Economics of Education
  • Education Law
  • Policy Development and Implementation
  • Leadership for Change in Education
  • Capacity, Capability, and Sustainability

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Learning, Instruction, and Innovation (Course-Based Format) - Doctor of Philosophy
The Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership program is designed for educators who want to quickly increase their ability to make contributions to their school or organization, thereby improving the lives of their students. The program's curriculum focuses on best practices that can be applied immediately in the classroom. This empowers educators at all levels of experience to use research to effect change and improve student learning, while developing the skills needed for professional advancement. And since there is no residency requirement, you can more easily balance your education with your personal and professional commitments. In addition, some of the coursework you complete as part of this post-master's degree program can apply to a Walden doctoral degree in education, allowing you to earn that degree in less time.

Courses in the Learning, Instruction, and Innovation (Course-Based Format) PhD Degree program include:

  • Cognition, Culture, and Learning
  • Learning Environments and Organizational Transformation
  • Motivation, Engagement, and Learning
  • Creativity and Critical Thought
  • Assessing Learning: New Trends for Evaluating Learners
  • Designing Responsive Curriculum for Learning

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Global and Comparative Education (Mixed Modal) -
Doctor of Philosophy

From preschool to college and beyond, education and culture are being impacted by globalization at unprecedented levels. Explore the practices, policies, and conditions that influence educators and shape societies on an international scale with a specialization in Global and Comparative Education. Multidisciplinary and cross-cultural, this mixed-model online education doctoral program offers a solid foundation for solutions-oriented educators interested in analyzing, developing, and championing educational policies in developing and developed nations.

Courses in the Global and Comparative Education (Mixed Modal) PhD Degree program include:

  • Breadth: Culturally Situated Theories of Intelligence, Learning, and Motivation as a Basic Praxis
  • Depth: Implications of Global and Comparative International Research for Intelligence, Motivation, and Learning
  • Application: Professional Practice to Promote Success in Global Education
  • Breadth: Organizational Theories on the Role of Learning Institutions Within and Across Societies
  • Depth: Comparative Research on Global Change and Its Impact on International, National, and Local Learning Institutions and Curricula
  • Transformational Change Through Education in International, National, and Local Sites
Walden University Online

Walden University is an accredited institution that for 40 years has provided an engaging online learning experience for over 33,000 working professionals.

Walden students have access to an abundance of student support services such as: an award winning student support team, librarians, writing center, academic advisors, career services center, research center, and more.

Online Learning:

Asynchronous with weekly discussion topics, required readings, and assignments.

Online courses are offered in 16 week semesters or 12 week quarters, depending on the program.

Starts dates throughout the year.

Many programs use a central access platform for courses, student information, and support services.

As a completely online institute, Walden offers convenient locations across the country for students fulfilling residency requirements.

Financing Options:

Walden University offers over $5M in education scholarships to classroom teachers.

Walden's staff assists students in finding the right financial aid option, including:
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal financial aid
  • Scholarships
  • Fellowships
  • Private loans
  • Monthly payment plans
  • Higher education professional development programs
  • Veteran benefits
Accreditation:

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.