For years, school systems have known that as baby boomers continue to retire, they’ll leave a gap in the classroom that is difficult to fill. Additionally, student enrollment is expected to rise at an annual rate of nearly 6%, placing an additional 3.3 million elementary and secondary school students into the system by the year 2022.* As administrators look for creative ways to staff their schools, one particular online degree program has stepped up to assist.
Walden University is an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden currently offers an accelerated version of its MS in Education degree which provides multiple benefits at the student and district level.
How Educators Benefit From an Accelerated MSEd Program
How School Districts and Their Students Benefit From an Accelerated MSEd Program
Ideal candidates are disciplined, self-motivated, and comfortable working in a self-directed learning environment. Like a traditional MSEd program, the curriculum is rigorous, and for the right student, the accelerated MSEd program is the ideal option—especially when it comes to saving time and money.
*National Center for Education Statistics, Projections of Education Statistics to 2022, on the Internet at https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2014/2014051.pdf, page 3.
†Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. As a recognized standard of excellence in professional education for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other preK–12 school professionals, NCATE accreditation ensures that the institution has met rigorous national standards set by the profession and members of the public. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to preK–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.
Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.
Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6275 or firstname.lastname@example.org to determine whether Walden’s programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.