Ignite Bright Futures With a Walden MAT - Elementary Education Degree
Are you ready to make a meaningful, long-term impact in the lives of all students? Join a community of passionate educators—and become the teacher every child deserves—with Walden’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Elementary Education program.
Our competitively priced program allows you to build your teaching skills and confidence in a safe, immersive environment, with courses enhanced by interactive media, virtual simulations, and licensure preparation. Learn how to build positive, collaborative relationships with diverse children and families to help every student get the most out of their education.
An online MAT - Elementary Education degree prepares students to become skilled, licensed teachers in the elementary school setting. Walden’s program promotes a contemporary, culturally responsive approach to teaching and supports increased diversity in schools.
Our program embraces innovative and purposeful technology to enhance your learning, including realistic virtual simulations.
Learn to engage children from all cultures and backgrounds by working with parents, colleagues, and the community.
Walden’s contemporary approach is enriched by our more than 25 years of experience in developing online programs for educators.
Proactive support is at the core of our program. Get the guidance you need to thrive in your studies.
Earn a Degree From a CAEP-Accredited College of Education
The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This means the college has met rigorous standards for demonstrating excellence and continuous improvement in educator preparation.
- 70 quarter credits
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 1-866-492-5336.
The Professional Educator
Lifelong learning and professionalism are key components of effective teaching. As teacher candidates begin their professional program of study, they review the program requirements including field experience responsibilities and major assessments. Teacher candidates study the dimensions of teacher professionalism through the eyes of social change. After reviewing the code of ethics from a practitioner viewpoint, historical theorists, court cases, and trends in education, candidates focus on what is required to be successful in 21st century schools. This includes an analysis of multiple technological frameworks, and candidates use these frameworks in multiple ways throughout the course. Through readings, voices from the field, virtual field experiences, and reflective experiences, each candidate begins to consider their personal philosophy.
Diverse and Exceptional Learners in the Elementary Classroom
The dynamics of today's classroom are unique and challenging for teachers and learners. Education professionals in this course explore and analyze issues, complexities, and responsibilities associated with the field of education in the 21st century, including providing equal educational opportunities for all learners, regardless of their abilities and differences. They examine many factors influence learning, including individual experiences, abilities, talents, prior learning, language, culture, and family and community values. Education professionals' study special education laws and policies; language diversity; and multiple intelligences. They also address learning theory, diverse learning styles, and practical instructional strategies, and they acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about today's classroom as well as the family and community contexts that influence children's learning and development.
Exploring Dimensions of Literacy K–6
In this course, education professionals learn theories, principles, practices, and strategies to support literacy development in the elementary grades. Candidates learn about early literacy development including phonological awareness, concepts of print, and phonics. Strategies for developing vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, writing, content-area literacy, and media literacy are also explored. Through course readings and virtual field experiences, candidates analyze literacy instruction and identify research-based principles that support the literacy and learning of all students, including English language learners. Candidates examine the role of formal and informal assessments in planning and modifying literacy instruction to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Topics include organizing the literacy classroom, differentiating literacy instruction, and involving families to support the literacy development of students.
Child Development, Motivation, and Learning
In this course, teacher candidates prepare to understand the social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of children as related to learning and motivation in the elementary classroom. Teacher candidates explore philosophies and theories of child development and make connections between and among the key topics of development, learning and motivation, and social and cultural diversity. Learning environments and resources (including technology) that support the developmental needs of elementary children are identified and analyzed. In addition, teacher candidates explore the importance of family and community connections to support children's learning; develop strategies for engaging families in the learning process of their children; and consider the role of children's interests and personal experiences when planning instruction. Teacher candidates identify typical and atypical developmental patterns; analyze effectiveness of instructional strategies; and consider the role of specialists in supporting children's growth and development.
Collaboration to Support All Learners
In this course, candidates explore strategies for effective communication and collaboration with colleagues, specialists, families, and community agencies to provide support for all children. Candidates examine collaboration strategies that promote the growth and learning of all children in the elementary classroom, including those with exceptionalities, gifted and talented students, and English language learners. Candidates learn about the roles of all participants in collaborative teams, including coteaching and participating in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Candidates examine the role of the school in supporting all learners within the larger community context. They identify factors in the students' environments that may affect their growth and learning and explore strategies for effective collaboration with diverse families.
Effective Practices: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment
To help ensure high levels of learning and achievement for all students, today's educators must be knowledgeable about learners and learning and well-versed in effective teaching and assessment practices. In this course, education professionals examine the interrelationships between assessment, teaching, and learning as well as effective practices for applying and integrating these critical components in the K–6 classroom. They gain a historical perspective on the standards and accountability movement and examine standards in their state or local setting. They also explore learning theory in the context of today's challenging educational goals and standards. In this course, education professionals learn and apply research-based practices in effective assessment, curriculum design, and instruction. Through on-site experiences and Virtual Field Experiences, they critically analyze and implement teaching and learning principles and practices that help ensure awareness of the individual and collective needs of students. This course requires a 15-hour field experience at a school approved by Walden University.
Community Building for Effective Classroom Management
In this course, education professionals learn to create safe, supportive, and respectful learning environments that promote social-emotional development, self-responsibility, and character to optimize learning for all students. Teachers will learn how to foster a sense of community in the classroom and develop positive relationships with and among students. Age-appropriate skills and strategies for managing dynamic and flexible grouping structures and for teaching conflict resolution will be presented. The course also provides strategies for building positive relationships, fostering motivation, and engaging in effective communication and problem solving with parents and families. This course requires a 15-hour field experience at a school approved by Walden University.
Literacy K–6: Instruction and Assessment
Reading, listening, speaking, and writing are skills essential to success in school and in life. In this course, teacher candidates can examine a wide range of effective instructional and assessment practices that support the development of reading, oral language, and written communication for K–6 students. Teacher candidates use research-based approaches to literacy instruction while implementing a variety of assessment tools to identify students' difficulties. Teacher candidates use assessment data to create engaging literacy learning experiences at diverse developmental levels. Topics include the incorporation of technology to support and enrich literacy learning, family involvement, and integrating literacy and learning into the content areas This course requires a 15-hour field experience at a school approved by Walden University.
Social Studies and the Arts K–6: Instruction and Assessment
In this course, candidates prepare to become effective educators of social studies and the arts. As they plan and implement instruction, candidates integrate the major concepts, themes, and modes of inquiry from social studies and the arts. Emphasis is on developing strategies to help students become effective citizens of a democratic and culturally diverse society. Candidates focus on building connections across disciplines and using the arts to foster student engagement and communication and promote their abilities to construct and apply knowledge. Candidates use multiple assessments to measure student progress and modify instruction to address the needs of all learners in diverse classrooms. This course requires a 15-hour field experience at a school approved by Walden University.
Integrating Content and Technology to Enhance Learning
In this course, teacher candidates explore strategies for integrating technology across content areas in order to plan units and lessons that support developmental and curricular goals for elementary students. Candidates create learning experiences that promote student motivation and engagement; support exploration, problem-solving, and critical thinking; provide opportunities for collaborative and self-directed learning; and foster content area literacy. Candidates explore a wide variety of technology resources, infusing them in instructional planning to help students learn content and become proficient in the use of technology. Candidates examine effective teaching practices, including formative/authentic assessments and scaffolding techniques to support diverse learners. This course requires a 15-hour field experience at a school approved by Walden University.
Mathematics K–6: Instruction and Assessment
This coherent and rigorous approach to teaching and learning K–6 mathematics focuses on conceptual understanding, procedural skills, and application of mathematical knowledge. Coursework also focuses on helping teacher candidates promote problem-solving and communication skills as the core for teaching numbers and operations, algebra, data analysis, probability, measurement, geometry, and the use of manipulatives across math strands. Themes threaded throughout the course include technology, real-world applications, integrating math with other content areas, and building on the strengths and overcoming the challenges of diverse learners. This course includes 15 hours of field experience.
Science K–6: Instruction and Assessment
In this course, education professionals explore teaching and learning in science, based on the latest research on the most effective methods for teaching appropriate science curriculum from kindergarten through Grade 6. Candidates focus on ways to use developmentally appropriate strategies to promote modes of inquiry and analytical skills in science education. They also explore instructional and assessment strategies to develop children's conceptual understanding of science, particularly relating to the standards for physical, life, and earth and space sciences. Candidates examine and apply integration of science with reading, math, social studies, and technology. Candidates consider their own science content knowledge and explore local professional development opportunities. This course requires a 15-hour field experience at a school approved by Walden University.
Demonstration Teaching/Seminar: Professional Ethics, Communication, and Collaboration in Elementary Education
Demonstration teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher preparation program and is an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills. Education professionals participate in orientation activities and then gradually assume complete teaching responsibility of an elementary classroom. Education professionals take full control for 4 consecutive weeks over a 12-week placement, gaining real-world experience and the opportunity to translate theory into practice.Candidates demonstrate the various roles of an elementary educator. Education professionals work closely with, and are evaluated by, their Walden University supervisor, classroom cooperating teacher, and Walden faculty member. During demonstration teaching, all professionals complete the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), participate in weekly discussions, and complete a collaboration based major assessment. This course requires a 12-week full-time classroom experience at a school approved by Walden University.
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Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||70 quarter credit hours||$300 per quarter hour||$21,000|
|Technology Fee||Per quarter||$160||$1,120|
*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-1080.
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,300 to $1,800.
Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.
*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.Find Ways to Save
Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.
General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.
Learn to Deliver Impactful Teaching Experiences
From realistic simulations to real-life student teaching, our online MAT - Elementary Education program equips you with the skills and confidence to make a difference for students in your community. Practice teaching in different environments, watch virtual field experience videos of expert teachers, and learn how to use technology to enhance the classroom experience. You’ll also explore K–6 content areas and the dynamics of effective planning, instruction, and assessment for diverse student populations.
Stacy NessProgram Director
As program director in the School of Education and Professional Licensure, Dr. Ness oversees the special education, elementary education, early childhood studies, and principal preparation programs. She has also been an academic coordinator, course instructor, and lead university supervisor at Walden.
Brandy OLearyAcademic Coordinator
Dr. O’Leary is an academic coordinator at Walden. She is a nationally board-certified teacher with over 15 years of experience in special education and early childhood, elementary, and higher education. She has served as a mentor to new and veteran teachers alike.
Judy BoydContributing Faculty
Dr. Boyd is a faculty member in elementary education at Walden. Since 1991, she has served in various roles in education, including teacher, instructional literacy coach, and school-level administrator and director. She also served on the board of the Mississippi Association of Federal Education Directors.
As a graduate of our MAT - Elementary Education program, you’ll be prepared to:
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to create learning environments that facilitate meaningful learning experiences for elementary students.
- Demonstrate the professional dispositions of an elementary educator.
- Demonstrate the ability to implement differentiated learning experiences that support development in elementary students.
- Evaluate assessment data to make informed instructional decisions that promote student development.
- Demonstrate the ability to be culturally responsive to foster positive trusting relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
- Appropriately integrate a variety of learning technologies in the classroom.
- Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others to improve educational outcomes for elementary children.
- Apply the results of research in the field of education to create positive social change.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to be a reflective practitioner who actively seeks opportunities to grow professionally.
For years, schools across America have struggled to fill vacant teaching jobs—and this crisis has only intensified with the COVID-19 pandemic.1 Employment in public schools in November 2020 was down 8.7% from February—at its lowest level since 2000.2
Advance Teaching and Learning—and Your Career
With an online MAT - Elementary Education degree, you can empower countless children to reach their academic potential and help fill the current teacher shortage.
Earning your MAT prepares you for today’s new and evolving education landscape. You’ll gain the skills to teach face to face or via hybrid or online formats, using today’s latest technologies. A contemporary, culturally responsive MAT program also equips you with the insights needed to serve all students across a range of abilities, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
56,000jobs for kindergarten and elementary school teachers through 2029.3
65,000education students and alumni, including more than 180 state teachers of the year.4
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