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Explore our MS in Education Self-Designed specialization

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. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion and costs, call an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.

Program Savings

Receive your first course at no cost if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Courses

Course Code Title Credits

CORE COURSES

EDUC 6610

Teacher as Professional

Effective teachers are leaders who make a positive difference in classrooms, schools, and society.  Education professionals explore what it means to be a teacher leader in today's diverse and changing educational landscape, while gaining expertise in current research-based educational advancements.  They examine their values, beliefs, vision, and mission, and they explore teacher effectiveness in relation to their role in the larger context of the teaching profession. They collaborate in professional learning communities and advocate for students and other educators in order to promote positive social change. They synthesize their learning throughout the course and use this knowledge to enhance professional growth and development.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6733

Action Research for Educators

Education professionals use action research in a variety of ways to positively impact P–12 student learning. They examine, design, and implement action research. They address relevant problems, become involved in collaborative inquiry, use data and research to inform their practice, improve P–12 student academic success, and contribute to positive social change in their classrooms and school environments. Education professionals collect and analyze student data, develop and implement data-informed decisions to guide instructional planning, and engage in reflective practices to ensure continuous improvement and enhance professional growth.

(3 sem. cr.)

Choose one course from the following two courses:

EDUC 6650

Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations

In this course, education professionals explore the value of linguistic and cultural diversity and the powerful learning opportunities it affords today's classrooms and schools. They examine their attitudes, beliefs, and biases regarding linguistically and culturally diverse students, families, and communities, and they learn approaches for working together to ensure high levels of learning for all students. Through real-world observations, they assess strategies for ensuring equitable access to high-quality learning experiences. Education professionals also explore effective practices, such as cultural responsiveness, anti-bias curriculum, differentiated instruction, and academic vocabulary development. (Prerequisite(s): Endorsement candidates must complete special education endorsement courses and receive a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher prior to moving into MS in Education courses.)

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6616

Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations (Accelerating)

Education professionals examine the value of adapting the learning environment for multiple diverse populations within the classroom. They explore their attitudes, beliefs, and biases regarding diverse students, families, and communities, and they learn approaches for working together to ensure high levels of learning for all students. Through real-world application, they assess and implement high-quality learning experiences that provide equitable access to promote positive social change. Education professionals incorporate their students' background experiences and differentiate instruction using effective practices so all P–12 students have the opportunities and resources to learn.

(3 sem. cr.)

AREA OF EMPHASIS

Select an emphasis area from one of the following 8 content areas: Curriculum & Instruction K-12, Elementary Reading & Literacy PK-6, Integrating Technology in the Classroom K-12, Mathematics K-6, Mathematics 5-8, Science K-8, Special Education K-12 (non-licensure), Teacher Leadership K-12. View the catalog or contact your Enrollment Specialist for more information.

ELECTIVES

Select any four courses (traditional or self-directed) from the following list of MSEd course categories: Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Courses, Elementary Reading and Literacy Courses, Integrating Technology in the Classroom Courses, Mathematics Courses (Grades K-6), Mathematics Courses (Grades 5–8), Science Courses (Grades K-8), Special Education Courses, STEM Education Sources (Grades K–8), Teacher Leadership Courses. View the Walden University Catalog or contact your Enrollment Specialist for more information.

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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.

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.

*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.

†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.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 30 total semester hours

Traditional courses: $580 per credit hour

Accelerating courses: $120 per credit hour

$10,500 - $17,400 (depending on number of accelerating courses maximum of five)
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $1,050


Total Tuition and Fees $11,550 - $18,450

The tuition reflects the minimum credits to completion. Program 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 Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time

FINANCIAL AID

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.

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Program Savings

Receive your first course at no cost if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Get Started Now

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for this master’s program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, teaching experience, and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply.

More information for international applicants.

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