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Walden’s MSEd Degree Program: For You. For Your Students. For Good.

You became an educator to improve the academic outcomes—and ultimately the lives—of your students. Walden’s practical, competitively priced online MS in Education program fuels that passion. We provide you with practical tools you can apply right away to support your students’ learning outcomes and improve your teaching while also achieving your own aspirations.

Learn evidence-based approaches to today’s most pressing educational challenges, from collaborating with families and creating inclusive learning environments to harnessing the latest technologies. Choose from three learning options: MSEd Traditional, MSEd Accelerated, and MSEd One-Credit.  

An MSEd degree program offers educators the opportunity to become more effective in their practice while opening up new avenues for career advancement.

Why Walden?

Focus on Your Passion

Choose from multiple specializations to match your specific interests—and the demands of your classroom.

Apply What You Learn Immediately

Implement the latest tools and techniques in your classroom to become the high-performing, influential educator you want to be.

Reach the Whole Learner

Positively impact your students beyond the classroom by helping to develop their confidence, inquisitiveness, and self-discipline.

Learn Self-Care Strategies

Explore practical ways to make your own well-being a priority—and model these healthy habits for your students.

Join Fellow Change Agents

Take your place in a community of students and alumni who are actively transforming their classrooms, schools, and districts.

Earn Your MSEd Your Way

Select the program option that best fits your life and schedule, including our MSEd One-Credit track with tuition starting at $9,000.1

Program Savings

MSEd Traditional: Receive a $3,000 Walden Live & Learn Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on January 9, 2023. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Earn your MSED Accelerated Program for only $8,865 (excluding other applicable fees) if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on January 9, 2023. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.*

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With a degree from Walden University, you can make a greater difference

Meet Desmond, an education specialist who is dedicated to helping young people grow and learn. Hear about his experience growing up in a neighborhood with few options, and how he uses his master’s in education from Walden to create social change, every day.


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).

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

In this specialization, you’ll learn to respond effectively to your students’ diverse learning needs.

Also available in MSEd Accelerated!

Educational Leadership Administration (Licensure)

This specialization provides the legal, financial, data, and personnel management knowledge needed to meet the daily challenges of school administration as well as the instructional leadership skills required to improve student outcomes.

Educational Leadership Administration (International Non-Licensure)

Discover how to lead curriculum initiatives and improve instructional effectiveness as you develop an individual learning plan that will help you set your goals as a school administrator.

Elementary Reading and Literacy

In this MS in Education specialization, you will examine current research and practical strategies that can help you increase the achievement of all students.

Also available in MSEd Accelerated!

Elementary Reading and Mathematics

Explore strategies to help you become more effective in delivering reading and mathematics instruction aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Also available in MSEd Accelerated!

Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Based on International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, this specialization encourages you to employ technologies that engage and motivate all learners.

Also available in MSEd Accelerated!

Mathematics (5–8)

In this specialization, you can expand your own mathematical expertise to develop more effective mathematics teaching practices.

Mathematics and Science (K–8)

Help prepare young students develop the analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in college and in their careers.

Mathematics (K–6)

Designed for elementary school math teachers, this specialization can help you develop more effective mathematics teaching practices so you can excite young learners.

MSED One-Credit Elementary Education (Non-Licensure)

Learn data-driven and research-backed techniques for teaching your elementary students fundamental skills.

Science (Grades K–8)

This specialization blends content with pedagogy so you can learn science in the same way you will teach the subject matter in the classroom—through inquiry-based learning that promotes hands-on and exciting educational experiences.


Customize your online degree program with the courses that best prepare you to achieve your professional goals.

Special Education (Non-Licensure)(Grades K–12)

Gain leadership skills to support and sustain effective practices for students with exceptionalities.

Also available in MSEd Accelerated!

STEM Education (K–8)

The STEM Education specialization prepares certified educators to more effectively teach, engage, and inspire students in the STEM fields.

Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12)

Build upon your existing expertise with dynamic skills that can help address such key challenges as parental involvement and student achievement.

Also available in MSEd Accelerated!

Program Details

Learning Tracks

Michelle Ellis

I chose Walden because it fit my learning style and my lifestyle. I could schedule my coursework around my life and not schedule my life around my coursework.

Michelle Ellis MS in Education (MSEd) Graduate

MSEd Traditional: If you’re more comfortable with structured learning, a predictable course load, and a fixed schedule, consider our 20-month traditional MSEd track. The manageable workload is perfect for busy professionals who have a limited amount of weekly time to devote to their studies.

MSEd Accelerated: If you’re a highly motivated educator who wants to fast-track your learning, the MSEd Accelerated track is for you. You can gain all the skills and valuable insights found in the traditional MSEd track and earn your degree in just 12 months.2

MSEd One-Credit: If you’re looking for an innovative, intensive learning experience that offers a set semester-based tuition schedule, the MSEd One-Credit format is a great fit for you. Walden’s MSEd One-Credit Elementary Education format is driven by a classroom teacher-focused curriculum offered in three completion options: 12 months, 16 months, or 20 months.1

Admission 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.

Program Outcomes

Become an Innovator in Teaching and Learning

Our full-time, online master’s in education program incorporates content from nationally recognized education experts, policymakers, and high-performing teachers. Gain expertise in critical social-emotional skills such as resiliency, problem-solving, and growth mindset. Engage in immersive online learning scenarios using cutting-edge avatar simulations. You’ll also have the opportunity to examine, design, and implement action research to advance student learning and achievement.

Career Outlook

An online master’s in education degree can help propel your career to the next level while becoming more confident, effective, and innovative in the classroom. Whether you want to enhance your teaching practice or move into education leadership, earning your MSEd can prepare you to make a greater impact for your students, district, and community.

An MS in Education degree can prepare you to pursue career options such as:3

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Special education teacher
Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences is No. 1 in MS in Education graduates with more than


MSEd degree graduates.4

An MS in Education degree can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • K–12 schools
  • K–12 school districts
  • Educational enrichment programs
  • Training and development

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of our online master’s in education program, you will be prepared 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.


Meet Your Academic Team

  • Tina Marshall-Bradley

    Tina Marshall-bradley

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Marshall-Bradley has worked in the area of educator preparation for the past 25 years. Her current research focuses on quality services for students underserved by the education system, comparative education, and equity in education.

  • Gerald Gary

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Gary has taught and served in administration roles at the elementary, middle, and high school levels throughout his career. He is currently the principal of Dutch Fork High School in South Carolina and was named the 2021 South Carolina Secondary Level Principal of the Year.


Kelly Wilheim

My curriculum design and assessment courses provided me the background I needed for my current position as a STEM coordinator.

Kelly Wilheim MS in Education (MSEd) Graduate

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