The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As a recognized standard of excellence in professional education for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other preK–12 school professionals, NCATE accreditation ensures the college has met rigorous national standards set by the profession and members of the public.

Named for the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, the Riley College of Education and Leadership is dedicated to improving educator effectiveness and preparing educators who make a positive impact on student achievement. The college is the choice of more than 54,000 students and alumni, including more than 80 state teachers of the year. From our teacher preparation to our doctoral degree programs, the college connects educators with nationally recognized education experts, policymakers, and scholar-practitioners who are driving change and influencing the future of education.

Our Vision

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership fosters a dynamic and diverse network of educational leaders who seek to support learners globally by leveraging the power of teaching and technology and who are committed to the pursuit of positive social change through education.

Our Mission

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership provides access to high-caliber programs that prepare learners as scholar-practitioners and leaders who can inspire, influence, and impact their diverse communities by helping to meet the challenges and opportunities of education worldwide.

Our Programs Offer Educators

  • Access to master teachers, researchers, and nationally recognized education experts.
  • Practical, research-based strategies for improving student outcomes.
  • Enriching professional development opportunities and field experiences.
  • Access to state-of-the-art technology that enables educators to choose when, where, and how they learn.

Learn More About the Riley College of Education and Leadership

  • Kate SteffensWelcome from the Dean

    Dean Steffens welcomes new students and describes how the college supports the needs of educators at all levels, at every phase of their careers.

    Learn More

  • NCATE Accreditation

    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

    The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the standard of excellence in professional preK–12 education.

    Learn More