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

The college, named for the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, is the choice of more than 56,000 students and alumni, including more than 100 state teachers of the year, the college is a proud partner of the National Education Association (NEA) Academy and a year-round sponsor of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

We seek to inspire, influence, and impact our diverse communities by helping to meet the challenges of education globally. Our programs offer a collaborative learning experience that connects students to nationally recognized education experts, researchers, and scholars as well as fellow educators worldwide. From our teacher preparation program to our master’s and doctoral degree programs, we support the needs of educators at all levels, at every phase of their careers.

We believe in supporting your development as an education professional, so you in turn can support the development of your own students and learning communities. Educators are among the most important members of our society, and we hope to have the opportunity to assist you in your pursuit of professional excellence.

Kate Steffens, PhD
The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership