Prospective and current students can find additional licensure information specific to individual education programs and specializations.


Leadership Programs and Specializations

The only program offered by Walden that is state-approved as leading to any administrative/leadership license (e.g., assistant principal, principal, teacher leader, or superintendent) is the EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation), which has been approved in Minnesota for leading to licensure as a P–12 principal. It has also been approved in Ohio for leading to building principal licensure (grades P–6, grades 4–9, and grades 5–12).

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. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

This disclosure is for all of the leadership offerings, including:

  • MS in Education with a specialization in Teacher Leadership
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • EdD with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • EdD with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning Acceleration
  • EdD with a specialization in Teacher Leadership
  • EdD with a specialization in Teacher Leadership Acceleration
  • EdS in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • EdS in Teacher Leadership
  • EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation)
  • EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development Acceleration
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Adult Education Leadership
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Community College Leadership
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Adult Education Leadership
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Non-Endorsement Programs

For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education and P–12 principal licensure.

Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading. The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.

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. These programs are not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether their program may qualify for salary advancement.

For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

This disclosure is for all of the non-leadership offerings, which include:

  • MS in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy
  • MS in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field
  • MS in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Adolescent Literacy and Technology
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Mathematics
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Integrating Technology in the Classroom
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Mathematics
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Middle Level Education
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Science
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Special Education
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Professional Development
  • MS in Higher Education with a specialization in General Program
  • MS in Higher Education with a specialization in Adult Learning
  • MS in Higher Education with a specialization in College Teaching and Learning
  • MS in Higher Education with a specialization in Enrollment Management and Institutional Marketing
  • MS in Higher Education with a specialization in Global Higher Education
  • MS in Higher Education with a specialization in Leadership for Student Success
  • MS in Higher Education with a specialization in Online and Distance Learning
  • MS in Instructional Design and Technology
  • EdS in Educational Technology
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure)
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology and Design
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • PhD in Education with a specialization in Reading Literacy, Assessment and Evaluation

Teacher Preparation Program

The Minnesota Department of Education grants teaching licenses, not Walden University. Walden University is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Teacher Preparation program that leads to Minnesota licensure in special education (K–12 learning disabilities and K–12 emotional/behavioral disorders). Before Walden can recommend a candidate for licensure to the Minnesota Department of Education, he or she 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.

For individuals seeking a comparable teaching license in a state other than Minnesota, Walden’s advisors can provide 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 them to obtain state certification or licensure in their home 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.

Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This 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 http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

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.