Prospective and current students can find additional licensure information specific to individual education programs and specializations.

Leadership Programs and Specializations

The only program offered by Walden that is state-approved as leading to any administrative/leadership license (e.g., assistant principal, principal, teacher leader, or superintendent) is the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration, which has been approved in Minnesota for leading to licensure as a preK–12 principal. It has also been approved in Ohio for leading to building principal licensure (grades preK–6, grades 4–9, and grades 5–12).

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

This disclosure is for all of the leadership offerings, including:

  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Teacher Leadership
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Ed.D. with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • Ed.D. with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning Acceleration
  • Ed.D. with a specialization in Teacher Leadership
  • Ed.D. with a specialization in Teacher Leadership Acceleration
  • Ed.S. in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership
  • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation)
  • Ed.S in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development Acceleration
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in K–12 Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Adult Education Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Community College Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Adult Education Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Non-Endorsement Programs

For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.

Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

This disclosure is for all of the non-leadership offerings, which include:

  • M.S. in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy
  • M.S. in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field
  • M.S. in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Adolescent Literacy and Technology
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Mathematics
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Integrating Technology in the Classroom
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Literacy and Learning in the Content Areas
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Mathematics
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Middle Level Education
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Science
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Special Education
  • M.S. in Education with a specialization in Professional Development
  • M.S. in Higher Education with a specialization in General Program
  • M.S. in Higher Education with a specialization in College Teaching and Learning
  • M.S. in Higher Education with a specialization in Enrollment Management and Institutional Marketing
  • M.S. in Higher Education with a specialization in Global Higher Education
  • M.S. in Higher Education with a specialization in Leadership for Student Success
  • M.S. in Higher Education with a specialization in Online and Distance Learning
  • M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Ed.S. in Educational Technology
  • Ed.S. in Educational Technology Acceleration
  • Ph.D. in Education General Program
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Higher Education
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Leadership, Policy , and Change
  • Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Special Education
  • Ph.D. in Education Self-designed Specialization

Special Education Endorsement Programs

The Minnesota Department of Education grants teaching endorsements, not Walden University. Walden University is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer endorsement programs that lead to Minnesota endorsement in special education (K–12 learning disabilities or K–12 emotional/behavioral disorders). Candidates for endorsement must successfully complete one of Walden University’s state-approved endorsement programs, which may make them eligible for the Minnesota teaching endorsement in the teaching area of the program completed. Before Walden can recommend a candidate for endorsement to the Minnesota Department of Education, he or she must also pass the Praxis II tests pertinent to the teaching content area and complete any other Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements beyond completion of Walden’s state-approved teacher preparation program.

For individuals seeking a comparable teaching endorsement in a state other than Minnesota, Walden’s advisors can provide individuals with guidelines and other information about endorsements. It remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with the out-of-state endorsement requirements for the state in which he or she seeks to be endorsed, as requirements vary state by state. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of any program or coursework will permit them to obtain license endorsements in their home state.

In all states, there are policies regarding out-of-state procedures that must be followed when someone is eligible for or has received an endorsement through an out-of-state institution with a state-approved program, such as the Minnesota Board of Teaching-approved programs at Walden University. Some states require that an individual actually obtain the out-of-state endorsement first; other states do not require the actual endorsement, just completion of a state-approved program. For individuals who must first obtain the Minnesota endorsement, their current teaching license must be deemed equivalent to a Minnesota license before the Minnesota endorsement will be granted.

For more information, please contact your Walden University enrollment advisor who can provide information on endorsement requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand and comply with the most up-to-date endorsement information for your state.

This statement applies to the following programs:

  • Teacher endorsement programs with an optional M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.)
  • Special Education Endorsement in Learning Disabilities (K-12) with an M.S.Ed. with a specialization in Special Education Acceleration
  • Special Education Endorsement Program in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (K–12) with an M.S.Ed. with a specialization in Special Education Acceleration

Teacher Preparation Program

The Minnesota Department of Education grants teaching licenses, not Walden University. Walden University is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer teacher preparation programs that lead to Minnesota licensure in early childhood education (birth through grade 3) and special education (K–12 learning disabilities and K–12 emotional/behavioral disorders). Candidates for teacher licensure must successfully complete one of Walden University’s state-approved teacher preparation programs, which may make them eligible for the Minnesota teaching licensure in the teaching area of the program completed. Before Walden can recommend a candidate for licensure to the Minnesota Department of Education, he or she must also pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE) Basic Skills exam, the appropriate MTLE pedagogical exam, and the appropriate MTLE content exams; undergo a Minnesota background check, and complete any other Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements beyond completion of Walden’s state-approved teacher preparation program.

For individuals seeking a comparable teaching license in a state other than Minnesota, Walden’s advisors can provide guidelines and other information about licensure. It remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with the out-of-state licensure requirements for the state in which he or she seeks to be licensed, as requirements vary state by state. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of any program or coursework will permit them to obtain state certification or licensure in their home state.

In all states there are policies regarding out-of-state procedures that must be followed when someone is eligible for or has received licensure through an out-of-state institution with a state-approved program, such as the Minnesota Board of Teaching-approved programs at Walden University. Some states require that an individual actually obtain the out-of-state license first; other states do not require the actual license, just completion of a state-approved program.

For more information, please contact your Walden University enrollment advisor who can provide information on licensing requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand and comply with the most up-to-date licensing information for your state.

This statement applies to the following program:

  • Teacher Preparation Program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)