Master of Arts in Teaching (Teacher Licensure Preparation) Note on Licensure

Walden University is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board to offer the Master of Arts in Teaching which leads to Minnesota Tier 3 licensure in special education (K-21). However, before Walden can recommend a candidate for teacher licensure, the candidate must also pass the required exams for Minnesota licensure adopted by the Minnesota Board of Teaching, undergo a Minnesota background check, and complete any other Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements beyond completion of Walden’s state-approved teacher preparation program.

Individuals interested in pursuing teacher licensure in states other than Minnesota may qualify for a comparable license by virtue of completing the Walden Minnesota-approved teacher preparation program; however, individuals must review their current state’s teacher licensing regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to their state. Graduates in some states will be eligible for licensure based on completion of a state-approved program, where they can apply directly to their state educator board (“direct apply”). Other states have a separate application and process for someone completing an out-of-state approved preparation program (“license-in-hand pathway”), where in order for a graduate to be eligible for licensure or certification, he/she must first obtain a license in an approved state (Minnesota) prior to applying for licensure in his/her state of residence.

Prospective students must research their current state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program to be eligible to apply directly to their state board, (2) if they need to obtain a license from the state where the program has been approved (Minnesota) prior to applying in the state they reside, and (3) any additional requirements the student will need to complete prior to their state granting the license. Students residing in Minnesota are eligible to apply directly to their state board, as Walden’s Master of Arts in Teaching program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate. Individuals enrolling internationally must be supervised by a teacher with a valid US state teaching license, in a school that follows a US-based curriculum at the appropriate grade level for the license. Prospective students must check that the program is accepted for teaching credential in the state they reside.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide general information on state licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all licensure requirements in the state they reside. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

Please refer to the chart below for state professional licensure eligibility status for Walden’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. Please remember that licensure eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice, and prospective students should visit their state board’s website for the most updated and accurate information.

State Academic Program Meets Licensure Requirements?
Alabama Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Alaska Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Arizona Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Arkansas Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
California Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements AND apply via the license-in-hand pathway
Colorado Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Connecticut Yes, via the direct apply pathway
Delaware Yes, via the direct apply pathway
District of Columbia Yes, via the direct apply pathway
Florida Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Georgia Yes, via the direct apply pathway
Hawaii Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Idaho Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Illinois Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Indiana Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Iowa Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Kansas Program not offered in this state
Kentucky Program not offered in this state
Louisiana Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Maine Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Maryland Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Massachusetts Program not offered in this state
Michigan Program not offered in this state
Minnesota Yes, via the direct apply pathway
Mississippi Yes, via the direct apply pathway
Missouri Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Montana Yes, via the direct apply pathway
Nebraska Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Nevada Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
New Hampshire Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
New Jersey Program not offered in this state
New Mexico Program not offered in this state
New York Program not offered in this state
North Carolina Program not offered in this state
North Dakota Yes, via the direct apply pathway
Ohio Yes, via the direct apply pathway
Oklahoma Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Oregon Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Pennsylvania Program not offered in this state
Puerto Rico Program not offered in this state
Rhode Island Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
South Carolina Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
South Dakota Program not offered in this state
Tennessee Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Texas Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Utah Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Vermont Yes, via the license-in-hand pathway
Virginia Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Washington Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
West Virginia Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Wisconsin Yes, via the direct apply pathway, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements
Wyoming Yes, via the direct apply pathway

Check with your state. Licensure and endorsement requirements vary by state and are subject to change. For specific guidelines regarding teacher licensure and endorsements for the state where you will teach, please contact our advisors at 1-866-492-5336 and your state’s department of education. Be sure to inquire whether you are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and determine if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota or Ohio, depending on the program) or online institutions.

For more information on eligibility for licensure, candidates should contact educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

State-Required Disclosures

Some states require specific notifications to students interested in certain programs offered in their respective states. For all prospective students interested in Walden’s College of Education programs, please see below for required statements.

  • Note to all Alabama residents:
    State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.

  • Note to all Minnesota residents:
    Students who wish to pursue licensure as an educational leader who reside in Minnesota are not eligible for admission into the MS in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Program), but should instead enroll in the EdS – Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Program) that is approved by the MN Board of School Administrators to meet requirements for eligibility for licensure as a school principal in Minnesota.

  • Note to all Pennsylvania residents:
    Walden University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board as leading to licensure. Because this program is 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.

  • Note to all Washington residents:
    Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state-approved educator preparation program. The Master of Arts in Teaching program is approved in Minnesota and is authorized for field placements in Washington by the Professional Educators Standards Board. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to https://www.pesb.wa.gov/educator-pathways/becoming-a-washington-educator/out-of-state-license-transfers/ for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide general information on state licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all licensure requirements in the state they reside. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

October 11, 2018

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