Looking Ahead: How Walden’s Accelerated MSEd Is Making the Grade
The flexibility of online learning and self-directed coursework offer educators a new choice in education degree programs.
For years, school systems have known that as baby boomer educators 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 2%, placing nearly 1 million more elementary and secondary school students into the educational system by the year 2028.1 As administrators search for creative ways to staff their schools, they are looking to one particular online degree program to help prepare more qualified educators: the MS in Education (MSEd).
An MSEd is a good option for current teachers who want to strengthen their skills, as well as for career-changers seeking to enter the field of education. And Walden University, the Educator of Educators®, awards more MSEd degrees than any other university.2
The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden is accredited based on Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards. It offers an accelerated option for the MS in Education degree program that provides multiple benefits at the student and district levels.
How Educators Benefit From Walden’s Accelerated MSEd Option
- The degree program can be completed online in as few as 12 months.3
- Students can complete the MSEd accelerated option for as little as $10,500 in tuition plus a technology fee.4
- Additional flexibility is present in the form of self-directed and non-self-directed courses.
- Students can choose from six relevant specializations.
- Students are supported by faculty and Student Success Advisors throughout their program.
- Dedicated staff support specific skills and needs:
- Writing Center
- Career Services
- Tutoring, Reading, and Study Skills
- Peer Mentoring
- Disability Services
- Military Services
- Tech Support
How School Districts Benefit From Accelerated MSEd Programs
- Educators enrolled in an accelerated MSEd program option achieve their goals faster and are able to enter the classroom sooner.
- Educators who hold a bachelor’s degree can improve their credentials as they continue to teach.
- The flexibility and increased accessibility of online MSEd programs provide the opportunity for more career-changers to pursue degrees in education, adding a greater number of candidates for districts looking to hire.
- The loss of longtime teachers results in an experience gap for schools, but an accelerated MSEd program can strengthen the skills of current teachers in a shorter amount of time.
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 option is ideal—especially when it comes to saving time and money.
2Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Based on the most recent year of completions survey data available, using CIP code 13.01 (Education, General). Available at https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data. (Retrieved February 2020; may consist of or include provisional release data.)
3Source: Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
4Source: 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. Walden may accept up to 15 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.