At Walden, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.
Find out more about what defines Walden’s Master of Arts in Teaching program:
Walden’s signature Virtual Field Experience (VFE®)
- Observe the best practices of lead teachers from across the U.S., via video.
- Gain exposure to a variety of teaching styles, students, classroom settings, and activities in each segment.
- Commit to 3 to 5 hours for viewing VFE® videos and completing corresponding assignments.
Supervised Classroom-Based Field Experience
Enhance your newly gained knowledge with supervised, hands-on field experiences in classrooms or similar education settings (beginning in your second semester).
- Participate at the age or grade for which you are seeking licensure, as determined by each specialization and specified in each course.
- Spend a minimum of seven and a half hours per five-week course to complete the experience.
- Plan to be in the classroom while school is in session. (You may be required to adjust your personal or professional schedule.)
- Complete demonstration teaching during your last semester.
- Enjoy the support and mentorship of both an experienced teacher and a Walden faculty member.
- Gradually assume complete responsibility for an actual classroom.
- Make a full-time, 14-week (Early Childhood Education) and a 12-week (Special Education) commitment in order to be in the classroom while school is in session. (You will be required to adjust your personal or professional schedule.)
Note: Due to the traditional school calendar we do not offer demonstration teaching experiences during the summer semester.
Learn from Leading Experts
A hallmark of The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is the breadth and depth of its experts from multiple disciplines and experiences.
- Include educators, researchers, and policymakers who are leading change in their fields and influencing the future of education on a national level.
- Participate in Walden courses in several ways, including planning and developing curriculum, sharing insights and research through podcasts and videos, and teaching classes.
- Provide a research-based foundation from which students can transform their teaching practice in positive and meaningful ways.
This instructional approach enables you to have access to the latest thinking in the field as part of your program curriculum.
Special Education Experts
Margaret McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Dr. McLaughlin has been involved in special education throughout her professional career, beginning as a teacher of students with serious emotional and behavioral disorders. She is the associate director of the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children and Youth at the College of Education, University of Maryland.
Dr. McLaughlin also directs several national projects investigating education reform regarding students with disabilities, including work with the Educational Policy Reform Research Institute (a consortium involving the University of Maryland), the National Center on Educational Outcomes, and the Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative.
She has also developed programs for students with developmental disabilities in Bosnia, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.
Marilyn Friend, Ph.D.
Dr. Friend is a professor and chair for the Department of Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The author of numerous books and publications and co-author of Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers, Dr. Friend specializes in the areas of collaboration and consultation in special education, service delivery systems, teaming, and inclusive education.
She is involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching, field-based research, advising, and the development and coordination of teacher education programs for students with mild disabilities.
Dr. Friend has worked with teachers in most of the 50 states, as well as in Canada, Portugal, and Indonesia. She assists professionals to develop effective co-teaching skills, create and maintain effective teams, and problem-solve with parents and families.
Early Childhood Education Experts
Judy Harris Helm, Ed.D.
Dr. Helm, a former primary and preschool teacher, now works with early childhood and elementary schools, helping them integrate research and new methods through her consulting and training company, Best Practices, Inc.
A past president of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children, she has received awards including the Outstanding Service to Young Children Award from the Chicago Metro Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Julia Proctor White Arts and Education Award from the Peoria YWCA. Dr. Helm serves on the Illinois Director Credential Commission and the Quality Enhancement Committee for the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies.
Her work has been translated into five languages, and she continues to provide consultation and training throughout the country and the world.
Sue Bredekamp, Ph.D.
Dr. Bredekamp works at the Council for Professional Recognition and also serves as a consultant on early childhood curriculum and professional development. From 1981 to 1998, she served as director of professional development and accreditation for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She developed and served as on-air faculty for HeadsUp! Reading, a satellite, distance-learning course on early literacy. She is co-author of several influential NAEYC publications including Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, the 1987 and 1997 editions, and Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children, 1998.
Important Note on Teacher Licensure
Walden University is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer a teacher preparation program that leads to Minnesota licensure in early childhood education (birth through grade 3) and special education (K–12 learning disabilities and/or K–12 emotional/behavioral disorders).
Before Walden can recommend you for licensure to the Minnesota Board of Teaching, you must obtain the required scores on the required Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) exams.
For individuals seeking a comparable teaching license in a state other than Minnesota, Walden’s enrollment advisors can provide individuals with 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 teacher candidates to obtain state certification or licensure in their home state (or any other 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.