Self-Designed

Whether you want to teach in additional subject areas or gain new skills in areas such as technology or leadership, the MSEd Self-Designed specialization allows you to customize your online degree program with the courses that best prepare you to achieve your professional goals.

By individualizing your studies in this self-designed master’s program, you can expand your teaching skills and knowledge across multiple content areas and prepare to meet the specific needs of your students and school.

See how the Self-Designed specialization can be used to meet a variety of professional goals.

For those interested in reducing their tuition costs and time to degree completion, the MSEd Self-Designed specialization may be completed in as little as 12 months* for less than $10,000. These educators should be:

  • Disciplined and self-motivated.
  • Comfortable working in self-directed courses.
  • Able to take two courses concurrently (Progress at Your Pace) while completing major assessments at certain points in the program. 
  • Prepared to meet stringent deadlines.

*While the MSEd Self-Designed specialization may be completed in 12-months, time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. 
Costs are based on tuition rates as of February 2017 and are subject to change. This specialization may be completed for under $10,000 by selecting at least 5 self-directed courses as part of your Program of Study.
For a personalized estimate of your time to completion and costs, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

 

CORE COURSES

Courses with two numbers listed include the option to take the self-directed course, which is the second course number.

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6650
or
EDUC 6616
Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations

Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

AREA OF EMPHASIS

Select an emphasis area from one of 10 content areas listed below. Courses with two numbers listed include the option to take the self-directed course, which is the second course number.

Curriculum & Instruction K-12

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6730 Course Curriculum Design for Learning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6732
or
EDUC 6734
Course Differentiated Instruction

Differentiating Instruction for Student Success (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6625
or
EDUC 6735
Course Habits of Mind: Thinking Skills to Promote Self-Directed Learning

Helping Students Become Self-Directed Learners (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)

Elementary Reading & Literacy PK-6

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code READ 6705 Course Reading and Literacy Today Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6707
or
READ 6727
Course Reading and Literacy Growth Grades 4-6

Reading and Literacy Growth, Grades 4-6 (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6709
or
READ 6609
Course Literacy in Academically Diverse Classrooms

Literacy in Academically Diverse Classrooms (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)

Integrating Technology in the Classroom K-12

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6710 Course Understanding the Impact of Technology on Education, Work, and Society Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6713 Course Integrating Technology Across the Content Areas Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6715
or
EDUC 6775
Course New and Emerging Technologies

New and Emerging Technologies (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)

Mathematics Courses (Grades K-6)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MATH 6561 Course Learning and Teaching Mathematics Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6564 Course Measurement, Data, and Geometric Thinking Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6565 Course Understanding Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Mathematics Courses (Grades 5–8)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MATH 6561 Course Learning and Teaching Mathematics Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6552 Course Geometric Thinking and Measurement Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6554 Course Data, Probability, and Statistical Reasoning Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Science Courses (Grades K-8)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code SCIE 6660 Course The Nature of Science Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code SCIE 6662 Course Investigating the Living World Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code SCIE 6663 Course Exploring the Earth and Beyond Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6880 Course Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A Global Perspective Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6881 Course Grant Writing Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6715
or
EDUC 6162
Course New and Emerging Technologies

Issues and Trends in the Early Childhood Field
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)

Special Education K-12 (non-licensure)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6782 Course Supporting Effective Evaluation and Assessment Practices Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6783
or
EDUC 6793
Course Creating Effective Behavior Interventions

Creating Effective Behavioral Interventions (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6785
or
EDUC 6795
Course Implementing Literacy-Based Instructional Interventions

Implementing Literacy-Based Instructional Interventions (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)

Teacher Leadership K-12

ELECTIVE COURSES

Select any four courses (traditional or self-directed) from the following list of MSEd courses. Courses with two numbers listed include the option to take the self-directed course number which is listed as the second course number.

Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6730 Course Curriculum Design for Learning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6640
or
EDUC 6602
Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6650
or
EDUC 6616
Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations

Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6651
or
EDUC 6617
Course Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement

Teacher Leadership for Learning and Teaching (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6731 Course Assessment for Student Learning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6657
or
EDUC 6604
Course Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment

Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6732
or
EDUC 6734
Course Differentiated Instruction

Differentiating Instruction for Student Success (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6674 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Students With Special Needs Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6619 Course Including Students With Special Needs: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6625 Course Habits of Mind: Thinking Skills to Promote Self-Directed Learning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6735 Course Helping Students Become Self-Directed Learners (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Elementary Reading and Literacy Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code READ 6705 Course Reading and Literacy Today Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6706 Course Literacy Development P-3 Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6707
or
READ 6727
Course Reading and Literacy Growth Grades 4-6

Reading and Literacy Growth, Grades 4-6 (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6708
or
READ 6718
Course Literacy in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

Literacy in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code READ 6709 Course Literacy in Academically Diverse Classrooms Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Integrating Technology in the Classroom Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6710 Course Understanding the Impact of Technology on Education, Work, and Society Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6711
or
EDUC 6771
Course Bridging Learning Theory, Instruction, and Technology

Bridging Learning Theory, Instruction, and Technology (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6712
or
EDUC 6772
Course Supporting Information Literacy and Online Inquiry in the Classroom

Supporting Information Literacy and Online Inquiry in the Classroom (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6713 Course Integrating Technology Across the Content Areas Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6714 Course Reaching and Engaging All Learners Through Technology Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6715
or
EDUC 6775
Course New and Emerging Technologies

New and Emerging Technologies (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)

Mathematics Courses (Grades K-6)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MATH 6561 Course Learning and Teaching Mathematics Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6562 Course The Base Ten Number System and Operations: Addition/Subtraction Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6564 Course Measurement, Data, and Geometric Thinking Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6565 Course Understanding Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6663 Course The Base Ten Number System and Operations: Multiplication/Division (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Mathematics Courses (Grades 5–8)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MATH 6551 Course Understanding Number Systems and Operations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6552 Course Geometric Thinking and Measurement Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6553 Course Algebraic Reasoning, Functions, and Equations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6554 Course Data, Probability, and Statistical Reasoning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MATH 6565 Course Understanding Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Science Courses (Grades K-8)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code SCIE 6660 Course The Nature of Science Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code SCIE 6661 Course Exploring the Physical World Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code SCIE 6662 Course Investigating the Living World Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code SCIE 6663 Course Exploring the Earth and Beyond Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code SCIE 6664 Course Looking Into the Future of Science and Education Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Special Education Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6674 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Students With Special Needs Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6619 Course Including Students With Special Needs: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6780 Course Exploring Leadership, Collaboration, and Consultation Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6781
or
EDUC 6791
Course Special Education: Honoring Due Process

Special Education: Honoring Due Process (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6782 Course Supporting Effective Evaluation and Assessment Practices Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6783
or
EDUC 6793
Course Creating Effective Behavior Interventions

Creating Effective Behavioral Interventions (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6784 Course Adapting Instruction Using Evidence-Based Strategies Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6785 Course Implementing Literacy-Based Instructional Interventions Credits (3 sem. cr.)

STEM Education Sources (Grades K–8)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6668 Course The Effective STEM Scholar-Practitioner Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Teacher Leadership Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6651
or
EDUC 6617
Course Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement

Teacher Leadership for Learning and Teaching (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6647 Course Dynamic Teacher Leadership Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6655 Course Teacher Leadership: Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration With Colleagues Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6674 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Students With Special Needs Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6659
or
EDUC 6618
Course Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities

Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities (Accelerating)
Credits (3 sem. cr.)

(3 sem. cr.)

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not 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.

*This is a self-directed course from the MSEd accelerated program. Self-directed courses provide flexibility to students to complete their work anytime as long as they meet the three assigned deadline intervals within the course. A faculty member provides guidance throughout the courses and assesses all work you submit.

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.

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