Gain skills to make a positive impact on student achievement with an online master’s in education from Walden.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Walden, a CAEP-accredited institution, offers a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program for dedicated educators like you who have big dreams for the next generation. Join a committed education community and be empowered with valuable insights you can apply right away to improve your practice. An MSEd program prepares teachers to elevate student achievement in their classroom or pursue advanced career roles.

Why Pursue Your MSEd Online With Walden?

Walden is a top choice for many dedicated, effective, and award-winning educators—more than 50,000 MSEd graduates can speak to the effectiveness of our program. Gain insights into developing innovative curriculum that engages young minds. Learn teaching best practices that you can implement immediately and see the impact your education has on your students.

  • Learn from the Educator of Educators™. Walden is ranked No. 1 in MSEd graduates.1
  • Earn your degree your way. With Walden, you can choose the traditional program path or accelerated MSEd program. Complete your MSEd online in as little as 12 months with tuition starting at $10,500.3
  • Gain in-depth knowledge you can apply immediately. Learn from real P–12 educators with the working insights to help you overcome the key concerns and challenges facing educators today.
  • Use award-winning technology to build valuable practical skills. Interact in real-time with life-like virtual students in a simulated classroom to apply effective practices in a safe environment.
  • Choose how you want to make an impact. Select one of 14 MSEd specializations to drive change in your classroom or pursue advanced roles as an administrator, counselor, director, or specialist.
  • Join a vibrant community of change-makers: Walden is the choice for many dedicated and nationally renowned educators, researchers, and scholars, including more than 150 state teachers of the year.

Align Your Learning With Your Passion

In addition to a Self-Designed option, Walden offers a variety of online master’s in education specializations that allow you to focus your studies.

Specializations for K–8 Teachers

Elementary Reading and Literacy (P–6) (Non-Licensure)
Elementary Reading and Mathematics
Mathematics (Grades 5–8)
Mathematics (Grades K–6)
Mathematics and Science (Grades K–8)
Science (Grades K–8)

Specializations for K–12 Teachers

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12)
Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K–12)
Special Education (Non-Licensure)(Grades K–12)
STEM Education (Grades K–8)
Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12)

Specializations for Aspiring Principals

Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation)
Educational Leadership and Administration (International Non-Licensure)

Shape the Next Generation and Your Career With an MSEd From Walden

Shape the Next Generation and Your Career With an MSEd From Walden
You’re an educator with high hopes for your young learners and a vision for your career. Walden’s online master’s in education program will help you take your impact even further. Beyond the latest technologies and methodologies, you’ll learn new ways of connecting with and inspiring your students.

MSEd Accelerated: Save Time and Money on Your Degree

With the accelerated option, you can earn your degree in as little as 12 months for $10,5003—a 40% tuition savings compared to our traditional program. Designed for disciplined, self-motivated educators, this path offers six specializations.

The MSEd accelerated option is fully online and instructor led, with the same rigorous depth of learning as our traditional MSEd program. After the first course, you can take one course at a time or earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once. Or, choose a combination of the two throughout your online master’s in education program to fit your changing needs.

Speak to an enrollment advisor at 844-767-9416 to learn more about our MSEd accelerated option.

Stay at the Forefront of Your Field

As the Educator of Educators™, Walden understands the challenges of being an educator today. We’re here to make it easier with insights and best practices you can apply immediately to improve your students’ academic success.

Coursework in Walden’s MSEd program explores cultural and linguistic diversity and the skills needed to adapt to various learning and language styles. Gain insight into building a supportive learning community that motivates and engages students. Learn to leverage data assessment to be an instructional leader.

Learning Outcomes

The online master’s in education program is designed to prepare graduates to:

  • Apply pedagogical and discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support the learning and development of P–12 students.
  • Design learning experiences that incorporate students’ strengths by building on prior background and addressing the learning needs of a diverse student population.
  • Use data-informed practices to design, implement, and assess differentiated instruction within and across disciplines to promote student learning, critical thinking, and real-world application of knowledge and skills in technology-rich environments.
  • Apply data-informed assessments to monitor student achievement, guide instructional planning, and ensure continuous improvement.
  • Collaborate with families, communities, and other professionals to promote positive social change.

Become the Educator Your Students Need

You aspire to shape bolder, brighter futures for our children. We’re here to help you make an immediate impact in the classroom. From dedicated faculty to exceptional support services, you’re never alone—Walden is with you at every step. Find out more about our online MSEd program today.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MSEd?

Develop Your Talents. Be a Catalyst for Change in the Classroom.

You try to make a difference for your students every day. With an online master’s in education from Walden, you can become an even more effective educator and realize your potential as an education leader.

The demand for teachers has been steadily increasing over the past five years. Educator positions requiring a master’s degree are projected to grow 7–16% over the next decade.4 A Walden MSEd can equip you with the skills and credentials you need to boost achievement in your own classroom or pursue new opportunities in your field.

What Can I Do With an MS in Education?

Master’s-level educators are needed across diverse organizations and industries, not just in the traditional school setting. The employment outlook for non-teaching jobs where an MSEd can be applied is bright. Jobs for education, training, and development managers are expected to grow by 10% through 2026—much faster than the national average.5 Walden’s MS in Education specializations prepare you with the skills and knowledge to meet the demands of today’s education job market.

Depending on your specialization, an online master’s in education from Walden can open doors to a number of career options:

  • Assistant principal
  • Instructional designer
  • Education coordinator
  • Training specialist
  • Curriculum manager
  • School principal
  • Training coordinator
  • Registrar
  • Superintendent
  • Learning specialist
  • Dean of students
  • Instructional coach
  • Special education director

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this master’s in education online program.

Find information about Walden programs and licensure requirements specific to your state.

Fast Facts

Walden's MSEd online program is the choice of more than 50,000 graduates.
Nearly 88% of Walden MS in Education alumni responding to our survey state that their Walden degree enhanced their professional performance.2


Melville Richardson

Melville Richardson

MSEd Graduate
“Studying with Walden has opened doors in terms of authentic application of my studies to my current teaching career. What I learned at Walden was truly utilized at my job.”
Walden is so much more than an online university; it is a university that cares about your success as a person.
Walden’s instructors are there to assist in your education. You are never alone in your journey.
Sandra Tolbert MSEd Graduate
Sandy Tolbert
Seletha Tucker MS in Early Childhood Studies Graduate / EdD Student
Seletha Tucker
Yvette Taylor MS in Early Childhood Studies Graduate
Yvette Taylor

1Source: Burning Glass Technologies. Retrieved April 2019, using CIP code 13.0101 (Education, General). Includes 2017 data.

2Rates are subject to change. The accelerated model is available for new students only. While the MSEd accelerated option is designed to be completed in 12 months, time to completion varies 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.

3Source: Data for this analysis of 39,076 job postings for teachers from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, was retrieved using Labor Insight Jobs (Burning Glass Technologies). Query conditions: Full year 2018 AND Nationwide AND (BGTOCC : Middle / High School Teacher OR BGTOCC: Elementary School Teacher OR BGTOCC: Math Teacher OR BGTOCC: English / Language Arts Teacher OR BGTOCC: Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher OR BGTOCC: Substitute Teacher OR BGTOCC: Drama Teacher OR BGTOCC: History / Social Studies Teacher OR BGTOCC: Music Teacher OR BGTOCC: Physical Education Teacher OR BGTOCC: Preschool / Childcare Teacher OR BGTOCC: Childcare / Preschool Director OR BGTOCC: Reading Teacher OR BGTOCC: Science Teacher OR BGTOCC: Special Education Teacher) AND (Education: Master's degree (specified) ). Results for job postings and job growth are at the national level and may not reflect local and/or short-term job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change .

4Source: U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop, Training and Development Managers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

Walden University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2019 through June 2026. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation, promoting excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. Walden University earned CAEP accreditation by meeting rigorous national standards and demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

CAEP accreditation is based on a review of The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership’s initial teacher preparation programs—the BS in Elementary Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education—and advanced educator preparation programs—the EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration and the MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration. Three of these programs were reviewed by Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs), which defines content-area standards for programs, and achieved national recognition: Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education, EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration, and MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
The only MS in Education Specialization offered by Walden that is state-approved as leading to any educational license or certification is the MS in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Program), which has been approved in Ohio for leading to Building Level Principal Licensure (grades PK–6, grades 4–9, and grades 5–12). No other MS in Education Specialization will lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: 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

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