Prospective and current students can find information about Walden programs and licensure requirements specific to their state. The following information is provided as guidance only. Walden cannot guarantee that the information is accurate and current. Prospective students should verify their state’s requirements themselves, prior to enrolling in any degree program. Each state’s agency responsible for the licensing of education personnel can be found here.

Alabama
Information for prospective Alabama students
Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits. Last updated 10/22/09

Kentucky
Not all of the online programs offered by our institution have been approved in Kentucky.  Please check the Council on Postsecondary Education’s website at http://dataportal.cpe.ky.gov/acadprog.aspx to view its listing of approved programs.  For more information, please contact the Council on Postsecondary Education, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. 

Please be advised that our educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky.  For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp. Last updated 10/29/14

Michigan
Michigan teachers seeking to upgrade their provisional certificate to a professional certificate must complete a course specifically in diagnosing and remediating reading disabilities. Walden offers a course that does meet the state requirement that is contained in the Master of Science Elementary Reading and Literacy specialization and Elementary Reading and Mathematics specialization – EDUC 6709 Literacy Development in an Academically Diverse Classroom. Teachers not enrolled in either of these specializations may complete the course, as a non-degree seeking student, independent from their current degree program.  

If you would like to enroll in the course as a non-degree seeking student, please contact an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 or request information.

Please note, teachers who completed EDUC 6679 as a non-degree course also meet the Michigan requirement. However, EDUC 6679 will not be offered in the future and any teachers advised to take the course, who have not yet enrolled, should take EDUC 6709 instead.

Walden will verify that teachers meet the Michigan reading diagnosis requirement as long as they have completed either of these courses. Teachers will need to contact Walden’s compliance officer at educlicensure@WaldenU.edu to verify their completion by signing the appropriate form. Last Updated 04/28/2010

New York
TEACH System
Walden receives many questions about its program code for the New York online certification system, the TEACH system. Out-of-state institutions, such as Walden, do not have access to the TEACH system and therefore are not provided with program codes. The state requires that educators completing online programs go through a transcript evaluation pathway. The state advises that educators have their planned program of study approved by the New York State Education Department in advance and that all professional development activities be approved by your district as part of your professional development plan. For more information, please refer to the New York State Education Department. Last updated 10/22/09

Upgrades
Educators can use Walden degree programs and courses to meet the requirements for upgrading from the initial to professional certification in New York, but since Walden is an out-of-state institution, all individuals will have their program evaluated to ensure that the degree program matches the subject and grade level of the certification being upgrading. The New York State Board of Education maintains the authority to require the completion of an additional 12 graduate credit hours if it feels that there is a deficiency between the program an individual completed and the certification being sought. Last updated 10/22/09

Renewals
Since Walden is regionally accredited, educators can use Walden degree programs to meet New York’s renewal requirements. Students should make certain that the degree program being pursued matches the subject and grade level of the certification being renewed. For more information, please click here. Last updated 10/22/09

North Carolina
In July 2013, North Carolina Governor Pat McCory signed into law a budget bill that eliminates teacher tenure and terminates salary increases for educator’s earning a master’s, educational specialist, or doctorate degree. The law is scheduled to take effect for the 2014-2015 school year. Individuals who have completed the requirements for a degree program and apply for supplemental pay on or before May 7, 2014 will be grandfathered in under the old rules and are eligible for a salary increase. The NC Board of Education has asked the General Assembly to consider extending the grandfathering provision for August and December 2014 graduates. Please refer to the state department’s website for updated information. Originally posted 10/16/2013

Individuals will receive an “M” on their teaching license only by completing a state-approved initial licensure or state-approved endorsement program at the master’s level. The only programs Walden offers that would qualify are the MATs, the reading endorsement (with MS option), and the MS in Educational Leadership and Administration. These programs are not currently open for enrollment until Walden receives approval for field experiences in NC. Originally posted 12/6/10

Pennsylvania
Walden’s Teacher Preparation Programs are approved as leading to licensure by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Because Walden University’s Teacher Preparation Programs are not reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, candidates are instructed to apply for Pennsylvania certification as out-of-state graduates of a teacher preparation program.

Renewal credits to meet Act 48 requirements
Pennsylvania-certified teachers must complete 180 hours of professional development activities every five years that is related to an area on the certificate, and complies with the school district’s professional development plan (if they are currently employed in a district). The 180-hour requirement can be met by taking six college or continuing education credits. Educators must develop a Professional Education Plan that is in line with the state and district goals.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, credits obtained by an out-of-state institution may be used to meet your professional development requirements. However, they must be submitted on an official college-sealed transcript directly to: Department of Education, Division of Professional Education and Planning, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.

Since Walden University is an out-of-state institution, it does not have access to the electronic submission features of the Act 48 system. Any coursework completed at Walden will not be communicated to the Department of Education automatically, and must be transmitted manually via the description above.

Information concerning Pennsylvania certificate renewal can be found here.

South Carolina
Educators seeking administrative licensure in South Carolina should be aware that the only programs accepted by the state are Walden's state-approved M.S. and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) program. Last updated 12/15/14

Washington
Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6275 or prof.educ@k12.wa.us to determine whether this education program is approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington State. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Last updated 12/1/10