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.

A Relevant Master’s in Education Program

We are continually evaluating our curriculum to address the changing landscape of teaching, which is why our education master’s program includes a strong emphasis on the following four themes:

  • Teacher professionalism, including beliefs and behaviors that contribute to a higher level of teacher performance.
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity and the skills needed to adapt to various learning and language styles.
  • Supportive learning environments and the keys to build a learning community that motivates and engages students.
  • Teacher as a facilitator for learning, and how to leverage data assessment to be an instructional leader.

Earn your M.S. in Education for under $10,000

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Walden’s M.S. in Education offers a variety of specializations to help you meet your educational goals.

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Earn Your M.S. in Education in as little as 12 months for less than $10,000. Don’t let time and costs stand between you and your master’s degree. Walden University now offers three accelerated M.S. in Education (M.S. Ed.) specializations to help you earn your degree faster that include:

 

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Adolescent Literacy and Learning

This specialization offers practical strategies for adapting classroom instruction across content areas to meet Common Core State Standards, National Board Standards, and other state standards. Through this standards-driven approach, this specialization provides the tools you need to ensure your students develop the 21st-century literacy skills critical to success in college and future careers.

Reflecting the latest pedagogical shifts in teaching literacy, this specialization provides strategies for balancing informational and literary text, building knowledge through text, staircasing the complexity of text, engaging in rigorous text-based discussion, writing from sources to inform or persuade, building grade-appropriate academic vocabulary, and developing digital literacy skills.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

In this specialization, you will:

  • Apply evidence-based instructional and assessment practices to support student literacy and learning across content areas.
  • Analyze the nature of literacy and literacy learning in the lives of diverse populations of adolescents.
  • Explore informational, literary, and persuasive discourse models.
  • Implement research-based practices for teaching and assessing literacy in grades 6–12.
  • Examine the tools, texts, and trends shaping the digital literacy environment and requirements facing today’s adolescents.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Estimated time to completion is 20–24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12)

Learn to respond effectively to your students’ diverse learning needs and provide authentic, differentiated learning experiences that help students master the multidimensional skills required for success in the 21st century. Apply evidence-based and reflective practices to make informed decisions that will positively impact student learning. Design standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment that will help ensure all students learn and achieve at the highest levels possible.

This specialization supports the key premise that all children can learn—regardless of socioeconomic conditions, ethnicity, or learning differences. It focuses on providing 21st-century learning opportunities that serve all students. Its curriculum includes the latest information on brain-based learning and features access to national education experts like Dr. Judy Willis, whose expertise as both a neurologist and a teacher helps to demonstrate how this new information translates to effective practice in the classroom.

The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12) specialization is based on standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Core Propositions and Early Adolescent and Middle Childhood Generalist standards.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Employ research-based processes for designing and mapping a meaningful and motivating curriculum.
  • Adapt curricula and instructional strategies to meet the diverse and changing needs and learning preferences of students.
  • Design curricula and assessment for students with special needs.
  • Develop and implement data-driven decisions.
  • Measure student learning through effective, ongoing assessment, including student self-assessment.

Accelerated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Specialization Now Available. Learn More.

Completion Requirements

Estimated time to complete the M.S.Ed. program is 20 months with a non-accelerated specialization. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

General Courses

The following courses are taken in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment specialization.

Non-Accelerated Courses

The following courses are taken in the non-accelerated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment specialization.

Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation)

For educators who want to become a principal or administrator at the master’s level, Walden’s online M.S. in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) is designed to develop the management, leadership, and advanced instructional skills you need to become an educational leader.

This specialization provides the legal, financial, data, and personnel management knowledge needed to meet the daily challenges of school administration as well as the instructional leadership skills required to improve student outcomes.

Designed for aspiring educational leaders, this online program can prepare you to:

  • Create a shared strategic vision and collaborative school community.
  • Recruit, hire, and inspire school personnel committed to improving student achievement.
  • Lead curriculum, assessment, and community-building initiatives to improve student outcomes and the learning environment.
  • Manage the complex educational, financial, human resource, and legal issues critical to effective school management.

Grounded in best practices and current research, this unique program for scholar-practitioners provides you with opportunities to apply concepts and coursework in the field while working closely with licensed, practicing principals as mentors. In addition, this program is taught by Walden faculty members who have experience working as principals. This program’s objectives are to provide you with the professional skills and dispositions you need to enhance opportunities and outcomes for every student.

This program is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents as meeting the standards for Building Level Principal Licenses (grades preK-6, grades 4-9, and grades 5-12). Upon successful completion of this program, Walden can recommend candidates for principal licensure to the state of Ohio. The Ohio Departments of Education is solely responsible for reviewing applications and issuing licenses. Candidates are responsible for completing any other state requirements beyond completion of Walden’s Ohio state-approved program.

Individuals interested in principal licensure in states other than Ohio may qualify for the license by virtue of completing a state-approved program; however, individuals must review their state’s regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers.

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.

To learn more about the guidelines and requirements of the principal preparation program, please review the Principal Candidate Handbook (abridged version).

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Completion Requirements

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Field Experience Courses

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Sem. Credits
    • EDUC 6801, EDUC 6802, EDUC 6803, EDUC 6804, EDUC 6805, EDUC 6806*
    • Field Experience
    • 6 (1 credit each)

*Each Field Experience course is one credit. Field Experience begins in the second half of the second semester and is taken simultaneously with the required three-credit courses.

Elementary Reading and Literacy (PreK-6)

This specialization prepares you to help students (Grades PreK–6) develop the 21st-century literacy skills required for college and career readiness by achieving the English Language Arts goals outlined in the Common Core State Standards, National Board Standards, and other state standards.

Designed by national experts in the field, coursework explores current research and practical strategies that can help you increase the achievement of all students, including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners. This specialization addresses teaching digital literacy, managing classroom literacy programs, and effectively engaging students to promote lifelong literacy.

A recent study shows that students whose teachers held an M.S. in Education with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades PreK–6) from Walden performed better in language arts on the Georgia Reading and Language Arts Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) than students whose teachers held a master’s degree from another institution.* The research builds on a previous study, “Linking Teacher Learning to Student Success,” which confirms the positive connection between graduates of Walden’s M.S. in Education program and student outcomes in reading fluency.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

In the Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades PreK-6) specialization, you will:

  • Design literacy instruction and assessment to meet the learning needs of all children including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners.
  • Address the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Common Core State Standards and other state standards
  • Use research-based instructional practices to support reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Help students to comprehend complex texts.
  • Make connections between reading and writing, using informational/expository texts and other genres.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 20 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

*According to a 2011 independent study of teachers in a large public school district in Georgia that analyzed data collected from second- through fifth-grade students of more than 4,000 teachers of record for reading for school years from 2004 to 2009, as well as more than 205,000 student observations from 2004 to 2010.

According to a 2008 independent study of teachers in the Tacoma Public Schools (Washington) that analyzed data from 2006 to 2008.

Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6)

Help elementary school students cultivate a love for learning as they build the essential reading and mathematics skills they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond with a M.S. in Education with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6).

In this specialization, you can explore strategies to help you become more effective in delivering reading and mathematics instruction that is aligned with Common Core State Standards. You can also benefit from a curriculum that is based on standards set by both the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Implement research-based practices in key areas of reading instruction.
  • Employ technology to promote higher levels of engagement and learning.
  • Adopt data-driven practices to identify areas of need, monitor progress, and inform instruction.
  • Apply proven strategies to ensure students learn critical math content and skills.
  • Improve students’ analytical and problem-solving skills.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (18 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K–12)

As new and emerging technologies transform the landscape of education, the possibilities for learning and discovery grow exponentially. Today’s classrooms are increasingly faced with technologically savvy students, and teachers must utilize 21st-century knowledge, strategies, and skills that create an effective and motivational learning environment.

Based on the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Integrating Technology in the Classroom is a leading-edge specialization that allows teachers to model various technologies that engage and motivate all learners. This will allow teachers to prepare those learners to thrive in a global society by breaking down borders and barriers so that they can become proficient consumers and producers of knowledge.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Leverage technology to help students become proficient consumers and producers of knowledge.
  • Create learner-centered classrooms using the latest digital technologies.
  • Incorporate computer-mediated instruction across grade levels and content areas.
  • Use technology to become an agent of social change.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
    • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Mathematics (Grades 5–8)

Middle school is a critical time in children’s math development and learning. You can help children build on their math skills to ensure school success with a specialization in Mathematics (Grades 5–8).

In this specialization, you can expand your own mathematical expertise to develop more effective mathematics teaching practices. Help prepare your students for mathematics success in high school with courses that explore the Common Core State Standards. Examine key topics taught in middle school mathematics programs, including number systems and operations; geometric thinking and measurement; functions and equations; and data, probability, and statistical reasoning.

Courses in this specialization are aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM’s) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Improve strategies for problem-solving.
  • Leverage technology in mathematical instruction.
  • Sharpen your teaching skills in mathematics.
  • Ensure equity in a standards-based mathematics classroom.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (18 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Mathematics and Science (Grades K-8)

Help prepare young students in developing the analytical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills they need to succeed in college and in their careers with an M.S. in Education with a specialization in Mathematics and Science (Grades K–8).

Designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to advance their own knowledge of science and mathematics (as part of the STEM core) subjects, this specialization provides strategies and a framework for ensuring that your students gain a strong foundation in mathematics and science as defined by the Common Core State Standards.

This specialization features math courses that are based on standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and science courses are based on standards from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Science Education Standards.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Mathematics (Grades K–6)

Help elementary school children build a foundation for success in math with a specialization in Mathematics (Grades K–6).

Designed for elementary school math teachers, this specialization can help you develop more effective mathematics teaching practices so you can excite young learners. Explore new strategies and techniques for introducing students to the mathematical skills and concepts they will need in high school, college, and beyond, including measurement, data, geometric thinking, understanding rational numbers, and proportional reasoning.

Courses in this specialization are aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics as well as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Improve strategies for problem-solving.
  • Leverage technology in mathematical instruction.
  • Sharpen your teaching skills in mathematics.
  • Ensure equity in a standards-based mathematics classroom.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (18 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Middle Level Education (Grades 5-8)

This specialization, based on the standards for Middle Level Teacher Preparation approved by the Association for Middle Level Education (formerly National Middle School Association) and NCATE, provides knowledge and skills related to young adolescent development, organizational structures, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and content knowledge all focused on this specific age group.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Examine the changes in a student’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and moral development.
  • Acquire assessment, curriculum, and teaching strategies designed specifically for students ages 10–14.
  • Study organizational structures for students and teachers in high-performing middle grade schools.

Completion Requirements

  • 33 total semester credit hours
    • Specialization courses (24 sem. cr.)
    • Teaching fields and content courses (6 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Specialization Courses

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Capstone Course

Professional Development (Grades PreK–12)

Put your knowledge and skills to work to improve teaching and learning. Walden’s M.S. in Education with a specialization in Professional Development helps prepare preK–12 educators to be highly effective professional developers of teachers. Discover how to plan, design, and deliver professional development opportunities that support students’ needs and improve the growth of teachers and their influence on students. Learn to assess the impact of changed practices on student achievement. Practice collaboration, facilitation, coaching, and mentoring skills. Walden is one of the only online universities to offer a professional development specialization in an M.S. in Education program.

Based on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Core Propositions and the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) Standards, this specialization can prepare you to take an active role in the continuous improvement of teaching and learning.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Understand the standards of exemplary professional development programs.
  • Integrate adult learning theory and professional development models into practice.
  • Set expectations, facilitate professional learning, support individual growth, and build collaborative teams.
  • Use data to link teacher learning to student learning and make informed decisions that sustain effective professional development.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
    • Specialization courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Teaching fields and content courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Reading and Literacy with a Reading K–12 Endorsement

Designed for licensed teachers, the Reading and Literacy specialization with a Reading K–12 Endorsement will enable you to build your skills in reading and literacy instruction. Through an exploration of reading research, theories, and practices, you will gain an understanding of how to diagnose reading difficulties with various assessments and plan effective reading and writing instruction for all students, including those who struggle with reading, those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and those who are academically gifted. Field experience opportunities allow you to apply your newfound knowledge in elementary, middle, and secondary settings.

Walden’s Reading K–12 Endorsement program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and will lead to the Minnesota K–12 Teacher of Reading license.*

Completion Requirements

  • 31 total semester credit hours
    • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • 4 clinical practica (4 sem. cr.)
  • Virtual Field Experience (VFE®)
  • Completion and review of ePortfolio

Estimated time to completion is 20 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

*Not applicable in all states. Walden's reading endorsement program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching for endorsement or add-on licensure in Minnesota. Candidates for this program must already hold a valid K–12 teaching license.

Individuals interested in a reading endorsement in states other than Minnesota may qualify for the endorsement by virtue of completing a state-approved endorsement program; however, individuals must review their state’s regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. In most cases, candidates do not need to qualify for the Minnesota endorsement. In the case where candidates are required to obtain the Minnesota endorsement before applying to their state, their current (initial) teaching license must be deemed equivalent to a comparable Minnesota initial license before the endorsement will be granted. This program is not approved for endorsement as a reading leader, reading specialist, etc.

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.

 

Science (Grades K–8)

For students to be competitive in the 21st-century global marketplace, they need strong scientific knowledge and abilities. This newly enhanced specialization in Science blends content with pedagogy so you can learn science in the same way you will teach the subject matter in the classroom—through inquiry-based learning that promotes hands-on and exciting educational experiences. The program aligns with the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the National Science Education Standards (NSES), and the standards of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and offers you the knowledge you need to effectively teach science in today’s classroom.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Engage in authentic scientific collaboration with fellow teachers and science faculty through discussion boards, labs, and classroom exercises.
  • Use both real and virtual laboratory experiences to simultaneously learn content and pedagogy.
  • Learn the latest technology and research and how to adapt it to your instruction.
  • Gain practical strategies to help your students achieve on state and national tests.
  • Excel in a program that was developed in collaboration with national leaders in science education and Walden faculty.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Special Education (Non-Licensure)(Grades K–12)

Do you want to increase your ability to promote positive social change by meeting the diverse educational requirements of students with special needs? If you are an experienced special educator with the desire to enhance your skills by incorporating the latest developments in the field into your program, this specialization offers a path to continuing professional achievement. Walden’s M.S. in Education with a Special Education specialization synthesizes the most current research in the arenas of neuroscience, assessment, and scientifically based interventions so that you can determine best practices for student learning.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Design and implement curricula to facilitate standards-based learning of individuals with disabilities.
  • Assemble and evaluate data about individuals with disabilities in order to make effective decisions related to special education programs.
  • Employ assistive technology to promote higher levels of student engagement and learning.
  • Establish and foster a culturally responsive classroom that supports learning at all levels.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
    • Specialization courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Teaching fields and content courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Estimated time to completion is 20 to 24 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Walden University's M.S. in Education program with a specialization in Special Education (Non-Licensure) does not lead to certification or licensure in special education. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program, will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure as a special education teacher.

Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12)

This specialization is ideal for the classroom teacher who is passionate about making a difference in education. Discover how you can build upon your existing expertise with dynamic skills that can help address such key challenges as parent involvement and student achievement. Learn more about your leadership style, leverage the latest research to guide your decisions, and lead with greater confidence in your classroom and in your learning community.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Enhance your leadership capabilities while remaining in the classroom.
  • Improve parent involvement and student achievement.
  • Encourage and mentor your colleagues.

Accelerated Teacher Leadership Specialization Now Available. Learn More.

Completion Requirements

Estimated time to complete the M.S.Ed. program is 20 months with a non-accelerated specialization. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

General Courses

The following courses are taken in both the accelerated and non-accelerated Teacher Leadership specializations.

Non-Accelerated Courses

The following courses are taken in the non-accelerated Teacher Leadership specialization.

Walden University is approved by Minnesota to offer the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration program that leads to licensure as a P–12 principal in Minnesota. This is the only program offered by Walden that is state approved as leading to any P–12 administrative/leadership license (e.g., assistant principal, principal, teacher leader, superintendent).

In addition, through a partnership with the Harris County Department of Education, Walden’s M.S. in Education, Educational Leadership program leads to principal licensure at the master’s level in Texas. More information about the Texas Principal Certification Program can be found at http://www.hcde-texas.org/default.aspx?name=PrinCert.

Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of Walden's programs, or coursework for graduate credit within any graduate program, will permit a graduate to obtain state licensure or endorsement as a P–12 teacher or administrator.

Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K-12)

You have probably already encountered students in your classroom for whom English is a second language. The growing population of K–12 English-language learners (ELLs) in the United States presents new opportunities for schools and teachers to discover and embrace the cultural and linguistic diversity that all students bring to the classroom.

Walden’s Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Teaching English Language Learners offers you the opportunity to explore strategies that can help you meet the unique needs of ELL students in your classroom. Developed to reflect professional guidelines set forth by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), this specialization can help you create K–12 learning environments that are welcoming to and effective for all students.

With this specialization, you can:

  • Discover strategies to identify, interpret, and assess the language proficencies of English-language learners in the K–12 classroom.
  • Learn how to adapt your current instruction techniques and course materials for these students.
  • Explore ways to enhance collaboration between the families of ELL students and school staff members.
  • Design learning environments that meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Completion Requirements

Estimated time to completion is 20 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

This program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence. For more details, click the Course Descriptions link below.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

MS in Education

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 30 total semester credit hours  $515 per semester hour $15,450
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Technology Fee  Per semester $160 $800
    Total $16,250
    Transfer up to 15 credits  $7,725
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $8,205

MS in Education with a Specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation Program)

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 36 total semester credit hours  $540 per semester hour $19,440
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Technology Fee  Per semester $160 $800
    Total $20,240
    Transfer up to 15 credits  $8,100
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $12,140

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Earn Your M.S. Ed. in as little as 12 months for less than $10,000

Don’t let time and costs stand between you and your master’s degree. Walden University now offers three accelerated M.S. Ed specializations that include:

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Earn your M.S. in Education for under $10,000

When you choose Walden’s M.S. in Education program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

M.S. Ed Accelerated Specializations

Interested in earning your M.S.Ed. but concerned about time and costs? The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, has three accelerated M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) specializations—Teacher LeadershipCurriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and Elementary Reading and Literacy—that allow you to earn your M.S.Ed. faster and at a lower cost.

These accelerated M.S.Ed. specializations allow you to complete your program in 16 months† at a cost savings of at least 30% while working with accomplished faculty and gaining real-world skills. If you are interested in an M.S.Ed. program with a specialization in Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assesment, or Elementary Reading and Literacy, and you want to speed up your time to completion, these accelerated M.S.Ed. specializations are a practical, affordable solution that can help you meet your career and educational goals in a format and time frame that is right for you.

Master's Degrees and Teacher Effectiveness

A Master’s Degree Makes a Difference—New Evidence from State Assessments

Outcomes research brief coverThe question of whether or not an educator’s master’s degree makes a difference in student outcomes is a popular subject of debate in the education field today. According to the results of a recently released independent study titled “Master’s Degrees and Teacher Effectiveness: New Evidence from State Assessments,” graduate degrees can indeed play a role in student success.

Conducted by Arroyo Research Services and commissioned by The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, the study of elementary educators in a large public school district in suburban Georgia found that:*

  • Students whose teachers held a master’s degree performed better in both reading and language arts on the Georgia Reading and Language Arts Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) than students whose teachers did not hold a master’s degree.
  • The study also found that students of the Georgia district’s elementary teachers who earned an M.S. in Education with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades PreK–6) from The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University outperformed students of teachers who held non-Walden masters degrees on the Georgia Language Arts Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).

As a leading provider of quality degree programs, the Riley College of Education and Leadership is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness and contributing to original scholarship that reflects educators’ roles in improving student outcomes. To learn more, download the research paper “Master’s Degrees and Teacher Effectiveness: New Evidence from State Assessments” or contact an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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*According to a 2011 independent study of teachers in a large public school district in Georgia that analyzed data collected from second- through fifth-grade students of more than 4,000 teachers of record for reading for school years from 2004 to 2009, as well as more than 205,000 student observations from 2004 to 2010.

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In a unique collaboration with Tacoma Public Schools in Tacoma, Washington, Walden sponsored a study conducted by Arroyo Research Services that compared the reading fluency of students taught by Walden-master’s-educated teachers with those students taught by non-Walden-master’s educated teachers. The study, building from a study conducted in 2003, evaluated three years of data involving 35 teachers and 712 students.

Results of the study revealed a greater impact by Walden teachers on their students’ reading success and included the following highlights:

  • Students of teachers who graduated from Walden’s M.S. in Education program with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy had gains in reading fluency that were on average 4.8 words per minute, or 14 percent, greater than students of non-Walden-master’s educated teachers.
  • Gains were largest in first grade, where students of Walden teachers averaged 5.4 more words per minute than students of the non-Walden-master’s educated teachers.
  • The positive impact Walden teachers had on student reading fluency translated into more efficient use of instructional time.

To learn more, download the research paper "Linking Teacher Learning to Student Success" or contact an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

“If you are serious about excelling, passionate about making a change, and committed to following through with your decision to further your studies, Walden is the place for you.”

Rosemarie Dawkins
M.S. in Education Student

Walden’s fully online M.S. in Education program centers on the strategies that are intended to lead to greater student achievement and teacher success. The program’s specializations teach advanced skills that are designed to improve student learning. Each specialization area encourages educators to put their new skills to the test in actual classroom and school settings and to continually challenge the results of teaching and learning.

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.

Specialization Learning Outcomes

Explore the learning outcomes for the specialization that fits your interests:

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Adolescent Literacy and Learning Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply research-based instructional practices to help students achieve Common Core State Standards and other state standards.
  2. Evaluate reading and literacy development of all students including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners.
  3. Analyze the importance of literacy for lifelong learning.
  4. Analyze and apply literacy assessment data to inform reading and literacy instruction.
  5. Analyze the role of language development in reading and literacy.
  6. Apply professional learning as a scholar-practitioner to effect positive social change in literacy education.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12) Specialization

At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Draw on knowledge of subject matter and curriculum to make sound decisions about what is important for students to learn within and across the subject areas of the middle childhood and middle grades curriculum.
  2. Develop lessons and behaviors that help students learn to respect and appreciate individual and group differences.
  3. Use a variety of approaches to help students build knowledge and strengthen understanding.
  4. Identify skills gaps and preconceptions students may bring to the subject.

Additional Learning Outcomes for Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Design and lead initiatives that evaluate and improve instructional programs.
  2. Develop, implement, and manage ongoing evaluation and professional development in teaching and learning.
  3. Create strategic plans using a visioning process to be shared and supported by stakeholders.
  4. Use data to effectively manage the organization and resources for a safe, secure, and effective learning environment.
  5. Communicate and collaborate with external publics to address community interests and diverse needs.
  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.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Elementary Reading and Literacy (PreK–6) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply research-based instructional practices to help students achieve Common Core State Standards and other state standards.
  2. Evaluate reading and literacy development of all students including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners.
  3. Analyze the importance of literacy for lifelong learning.
  4. Analyze and apply literacy assessment data to inform reading and literacy instruction.
  5. Analyze the role of language development in reading and literacy.
  6. Apply professional learning as a scholar-practitioner to effect positive social change in literacy education.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize a variety of manipulative materials and emerging technological resources in the classroom to incorporate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice into their teaching.
  2. Apply strategies to help students diagnose misconceptions, solve problems successfully, and develop mathematical habits of mind.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of connections among mathematical concepts and ideas and help students make similar connections.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the base-ten number system and the mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  5. Create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, use of instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
  6. Use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
  7. Use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.
    This Specialization is informed by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice and International Reading Association’s Standards for Reading Professionals.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K–12) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
  2. 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.
  3. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.
  4. 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.
  5. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.
  6. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
  7. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
  8. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.
  9. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics (Grades K–6) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize a variety of manipulative materials and emerging technological resources in the classroom to incorporate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice into their teaching.
  2. Apply strategies to help students diagnose misconceptions, solve problems successfully, and develop mathematical habits of mind.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of connections among mathematical concepts and ideas and help students make similar connections.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the base-ten number system and the mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  5. Evaluate geometry, data, and measurement strategies to guide students’ thinking and reasoning about shape, spatial relationships, and measurement, including estimation.
  6. Justify the importance of rational numbers, rates of change, and proportional reasoning in their teaching practices in order to promote students’ ability to use mathematical knowledge and skills in real-world problem solving contexts.
    This Specialization is informed by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics (Grades 5–8) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize a variety of manipulative materials, calculators, and other emerging technological resources in the classroom to incorporate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice into their teaching.
  2. Apply strategies to help students diagnose misconceptions, solve problems successfully, and develop mathematical habits of mind.
  3. Demonstrate a deep conceptual understanding of number systems and rational numbers.
  4. Evaluate geometry and measurement strategies to guide students’ thinking and reasoning about shape, spatial relationships, and measurement, including estimation.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of algebraic processes using mathematical modeling, high-level problem solving tasks, and real-world experiences to help students develop similar knowledge and understandings.
  6. Justify the importance of proportional reasoning and probability and statistics in their teaching practices in order to promote students’ ability to use mathematical knowledge and skills in real-world problem solving contexts.
    This Specialization is informed by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics and Science (Grades K–8)

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize a variety of manipulative materials and emerging technological resources in the classroom to incorporate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for  Mathematical Practice into their teaching.
  2. Apply strategies to help students diagnose misconceptions, solve problems successfully, and develop mathematical habits of mind.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of connections among mathematical concepts and ideas and help students make similar connections.
  4. Analyze student use of inquiry methods, observation, collaboration, data collection, and analysis by use of student assessments measuring achievement of concept development from empirical experiences in order to engage students in active learning.
  5. Develop and communicate a plan which uses inquiry, technology, and critical analysis for teaching students to distinguish science from non-science, to understand the evolution and practice of science as a human endeavor, and to envision an integration of science knowledge, pedagogy, history, and philosophy.
  6. Recognize that an informed citizenry, in order to make decisions on contemporary scientific and technological issues, must conduct analyses of the facts of such issues and assess possible actions and outcomes through activities such as creating informed scientific communities looking at societal implications of the decisions and communicating to the broader population.
    This Specialization is informed by National Science Teachers Association, Standards for Science Teacher Preparation, 2003; National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Middle Level Education (Grades 5–8) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Understand and analyze the major concepts, principles, theories, standards, and research related to their teaching field(s) and they apply that knowledge in their practice.
  2. Use content knowledge to make interdisciplinary connections.
  3. Employ depth and breadth of technologies (e.g., computers, audio, and video presentations).
  4. Use teaching and assessment strategies to advance student learning in their teaching fields.
  5. Integrate state-of-the-art technologies and literacy skills in their teaching fields.
  6. Understand and analyze the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to effective middle level instruction and assessment and they apply a variety of effective strategies to meet the varying abilities, interests, and learning styles of all young adolescents.
  7. Understand and analyze the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to their professional roles in middle level education and they apply that knowledge in their practice.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Professional Development (Grades PreK–12) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate current knowledge and skills with the understanding that educators are lifelong learners who continually add to their knowledge and skills.
  2. Analyze educational issues in light of current research and best practice through Walden University’s scholar-practitioner model.
  3. Reflect on and analyze educational issues in light of current research to inform best practice in P–12 classrooms.
  4. Demonstrate leadership to build a shared vision for effective teaching and learning that positively impacts all stakeholders within a given educational community.
  5. Demonstrate collaborative skills that integrate multiple perspectives in order to create ongoing support for the learning environment.
  6. Demonstrate skills to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of professional and interpersonal contexts.
  7. Act in ways that honor multiple perspectives and affirm the dignity and respect of all individuals internal and external to the learning environment.
  8. Demonstrate the skills and professional dispositions that advocate for social change to make a positive impact where the candidate works and lives.
  9. Create educational opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and remove barriers that inhibit learning.
  10. Build meaningful relationships to improve student learning by effective planning, communication, use of assessment data, and high-caliber delivery of instruction.
  11. Design and develop learning environments that integrate various technology tools and applications, connect technology usage to content areas, and embed technology into assessment strategies.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Reading and Literacy with a Reading K–12 Endorsement Specialization

At the end of this program, educator professionals can show their abilities in the following areas:

  1. Literacy Development: Apply reading and writing developmental stages and processes that impact literacy development in order to support student development.
  2. Diverse Literacy Learners: Create a positive and motivational literate environment that contributes to the success of all learners.
  3. Literacy Instructional Strategies: Apply a variety of instructional methods and strategies in order to encourage student skill development.
  4. Literacy Assessment and Planning: Use formal and informal assessment strategies to determine student literacy needs and develop curriculum and instruction to meet those needs.
  5. Literacy Reflective Practice and Professional Growth: Demonstrate the ability to reflect on choices and actions, and seek out opportunities to grow professionally.
  6. Literacy Leadership and Collaboration: Collaborate with teachers, parents, staff, and others to implement literacy-related initiatives and data-driven decision making.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Science (Grades K–8) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Convey the major concepts, principles, theories, laws, and interrelationships of biology and supporting fields.
  2. Convey the major concepts, principles, theories, laws, and interrelationships of chemistry, physics, and supporting fields.
  3. Convey the major concepts, principles, theories, laws, and interrelationships of earth, space science, and supporting fields.
  4. Create interdisciplinary perspectives and help students understand why science is important to them.
  5. Interrelate and interpret important concepts, ideas, and applications in science and conduct scientific investigations.
  6. Engage students successfully in developmentally appropriate inquiries that require them to develop concepts and relationships from their observations, data, and inferences in a scientific manner.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Special Education Specialization (Non-Licensure)

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Advocate for legal and ethical policy that supports high quality education for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
  2. Provide leadership through effective communication and use of technology to promote practices and procedures that support and respect all individuals and result in positive, productive work environments.
  3. Use educational research to increase expertise, improve instructional and intervention techniques and materials, and foster an environment that supports instructional improvement.
  4. Plan, present, and evaluate professional development for self and others that focuses on supporting student access to learning through effective teaching strategies, curriculum standards, and assistive technology.
  5. Collaborate with multiple stakeholders to improve instructional programs at the school and systems levels and develop procedures to improve management systems.
  6. Create supportive environments that safeguard the legal rights of students and their families.
  7. Understand the significance of the role of collaboration and promote understanding, resolve conflicts, and build consensus among both internal and external stakeholders.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Engage students in learning within and across the disciplines and help students understand how the subjects they study can be used to explore important issues in their lives and the world around them.
  2. Collaborate with colleagues to improve schools and to advance knowledge and practice in their field.
  3. Use a variety of approaches to help students build knowledge and strengthen understanding.
  4. Identify skills gaps and preconceptions students may bring to the subject.
  5. Use diverse instructional strategies to teach for understanding.
  6. Collaborate with others to improve student learning.
  7. Collaborate with other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development, and staff development.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K-12) Specialization

At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of language as a system through the application of concepts, theories, research, and practice to facilitate the acquisition of a primary and a new language.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to integrate major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the role of culture in language development and academic achievement into planning that supports student learning.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to implement a variety of standard-based teaching strategies and techniques used to develop and integrate English listening, speaking, reading and writing in both ESOL and Content teaching.
  4. Inform their instruction through the use of a variety of standards-based and performance-based language proficiency instruments.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use standards-based and performance-based language proficiency instruments to identify, place, and evaluate the language growth of ESOL students.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with all staff (including paraprofessionals) as a resource to improve learning for ESOL students.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.

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