Walden’s Accelerated Model—Save time and money.

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. Designed for self-motivated education professionals, these accelerated M.S.Ed. specializations enable you to complete an M.S.Ed. program online:

  • In as little as 12 to 16 months, depending on specialization
  • For less than $10,000, a significant tuition savings*
  • Utilizing a combination of self-directed and non–self-directed courses

Walden’s Accelerated Model is a convenient, fully online, instructor-led format in which you’ll find the same focus on enhancing teacher effectiveness as you would in our non-accelerated online program.
Focus and Format

In Walden’s accelerated M.S.Ed. model, you can gain the skills and professional knowledge required to help diverse student populations thrive in the classroom and beyond by exploring the latest education theories and research-based strategies. Combining self-directed and non–self-directed online coursework, Walden’s accelerated model offers the choice of three M.S.Ed. specializations:

Instead of weekly assignments and discussion, students in the self-directed courses progress at their own pace, with assignments due at three different intervals in the course. A faculty member provides guidance throughout the course and assesses all work submitted by the student at the end of the course. Courses are taken two at a time at different points in the program. You’ll earn the same respected M.S.Ed. in less time and for less than $10,000—a tuition savings of at least 30% over the traditional program.

A History of Quality

Walden University understands the needs and wants of education professionals. In fact, Walden University was founded in 1970 by two teachers, Bernie and Rita Turner, with the main purpose of creating a student-centered higher education university for adult learners to pursue their degrees while balancing their work, families, and other commitments.

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness. 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 institution has met rigorous national standards set by the profession and members of the public.

*Based on tuition rates as of January 2014. Rates are subject to change.

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

The Accelerated 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. In the accelerated M.S.Ed. model, you will complete this program in as little as 16 months for less than $10,000—a 30% tuition savings versus our traditional M.S.Ed. program with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12).*

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.

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 that all students learn and achieve at the highest levels possible.

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.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (21 sem. credits)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. credits)
  • ePortfolio

Estimated time to complete the M.S.Ed. program is 16 months with an accelerated specialization. Click here for a course map comparison of the accelerated and traditional M.S. Ed 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.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

*This accelerated M.S.Ed. specialization is for new students only. Costs are based on tuition rates as of January 2014. Rates are subject to change.

Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades 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 (CCSS), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, International Reading Association standards, and other state standards. In the accelerated M.S.Ed. model, you will complete this program in as little as 12 months for less than $10,000—a 40% tuition savings versus our traditional M.S.Ed. program with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades PreK–6).*

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 University’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 CCSS 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.)
  • ePortfolio

Estimated time to completion in this accelerated model is 12 months as compared to 20 months for completion in the traditional, non-accelerated M.S.Ed. with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades PreK–6). Click here for a course map comparison of the accelerated and traditional M.S.Ed 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.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

*This accelerated M.S.Ed. specialization is for new students only. Costs are based on tuition rates as of January 2014. Rates are subject to change.

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.

Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12)

Interested in earning your M.S.Ed. but concerned about time and cost? The accelerated Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12) specialization allows you to complete this program in as little as 16 months for less than $10,000—a 30% tuition savings versus our traditional M.S.Ed. program with a specialization in 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.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
    • Core courses (18 sem. credits)
    • Specialization courses  (12 sem. credits)
  • ePortfolio
Estimated time to complete the M.S.Ed. program is 16 months with this accelerated specialization. Click here for a course map comparison of the accelerated and traditional M.S.Ed. 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.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

*This accelerated specialization is for new students only.

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).

*This accelerated M.S.Ed. specialization is for new students only. Costs are based on tuition rates as of January 2014. Rates are subject to change.

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses

15-18 semester credit hours, non–self-directed courses (depending on specialization)

12-15 semester credit hours, self-directed courses (depending on specialization)

$500 per semester credit hour

$80 per semester credit hour

Technology Fee per semester $160

20% off if you reside outside the U.S. Click here to find out more!

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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*Includes textbooks and materials. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

TEACH Grants Available

Students in select Walden education programs may be eligible for federal TEACH Grants.

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Which M.S.Ed. program format is right for you?

Compare highlights of the two program formats to decide which best suits your career goals and learning preferences:

  Accelerated M.S.Ed. Non-Accelerated M.S.Ed. 
Learning environment is designed for candidates who are …
  • Disciplined and self-motivated.
  • Comfortable working without ongoing instructor feedback in self-directed courses.
  • Prepared to meet stringent deadlines.
  • Able to take two courses concurrently while completing major assessments at certain points in the program.
  • Interested in reducing their tuition costs and time to degree completion.
  •  More comfortable with a structured environment
  • Interested in ongoing interaction with faculty
  • Less driven by time and tuition considerations.
Cost per credit

$500 per semester credit hour for non–self-directed courses

$80 per semester credit hour for self-directed courses

 

$500 per semester credit hour, all courses 
Total tuition costs* $8,700–$9,600 depending on specialization $15,000
Approximate completion time 12–16 months, depending on specialization  20 months

*Based on tuition rates as of January 2014. Rates are subject to change.

†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.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply research-based instructional practices to help students achieve Common Core State Standards (CCSS) 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.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Accelerated M.S. in Education relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which specialization 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 State