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Explore our MS in Higher Education College Teaching and Learning (Non-Licensure) specialization

Qualified instructors for postsecondary institutions are in demand. In our MS in Higher Education with a specialization in College Teaching and Learning (Non-Licensure), you will examine the major steps in the teaching and learning process: planning, developing, and facilitating learning experiences and assessing outcomes. You will also have the opportunity to explore the special opportunities and challenges of online learning environments.

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Receive a 10% tuition reduction for the life of the program if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on October 31, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Minimum Degree Requirements

  • 30 semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence:


Course Code Title Credits
EDUC 6155

Understanding Higher Education

Historical perspectives on the development of higher education are useful in understanding the characteristics of our current system and future trends. The social, political, and economic context in which 4-year colleges, community colleges, and universities operate is introduced in this course. Education professionals explore how institutions of higher education apply business principles to renew their commitment to student learning and achieve their mission and goals effectively. They also become familiar with the philosophy, requirements, and community of Walden University, The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, and the M.S. in Higher Education program.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6156

Understanding Students: Learning, Development, and Diversity

The success of any business is tied directly to its ability to serve its customers effectively. In higher education, those customers are students. In this course, education professionals examine fundamental principles of student learning and development as well as the implications of these principles for adult learners from a variety of backgrounds who have diverse needs and are in different stages of the educational process. They investigate and discuss factors affecting students' educational goals and aspirations, their ability to stay in college, and the impact of their educational experiences on their learning and development; through this exploration and discussion, education professionals gain a better understanding of the ways leaders can improve these outcomes.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6263

Best Practices for Student Success

Student success depends not only on the quality of the institution's academic programs but also on the quality and availability of student services. In particular, the growing need to help increasingly diverse student populations succeed in college requires innovative approaches to retention and support initiatives. In this course, education professionals explore strategies to plan, organize, and manage student services and programs effectively as well as for ensuring that these programs meet legal and regulatory requirements. They also engage in coursework that emphasizes the design and deployment of programs and services, which enables students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6157

Understanding Institutions: Organizational Behavior and Culture

Effective leadership within colleges and universities depends on the ability to identify important aspects of an organization's structure and culture as well as to adapt one's behavior to that culture. In this course, education professionals examine patterns of organization, governance, and culture in higher education, and they assess strategies for working effectively within governance structures and organizational cultures to achieve desired goals. They engage in readings and assignments that emphasize the organization's ability to learn and change in response to internal and external factors, including the ever-changing use of technology in academic programs and services.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6757

Planning for Learning

Effective learning experiences start with a clear plan. Decisions about what to teach, how to teach, and how to ensure students are achieving important learning goals confront every college instructor. Education professionals are introduced to concepts of planning curriculum and courses, establishing goals and outcomes, aligning outcomes with professional or disciplinary standards, prioritizing content, and planning for student engagement and active learning in this course. They engage in discussions and activities that emphasize the development of decision-making processes, which they can use to create effective plans for learning. Through an integrative course project, education professionals apply course concepts as they develop a learning plan that incorporates learning goals and teaching and assessment strategies.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6225

Foundations of Research

An introduction to the principles and processes of research is provided in this course. Education professionals explore the various steps and considerations of the research process. They develop an understanding of basic research methodologies and statistical analyses, learn how to formulate research problems and questions, conduct a literature review, and critique and evaluate research. Additionally, they consider the ethical responsibilities of the researcher.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6758

Creating Engaging Learning Experiences

A growing body of literature on effective practices in higher education highlights the importance of student engagement in the learning process. In this course, education professionals explore principles and processes for creating meaningful, student-centered learning experiences in a variety of educational contexts, including ways of using technology to support learning. They focus on how they can address the needs of diverse learners using active learning strategies, share responsibility for learning with their students, and empower their students to become more self-directed. Education professionals also learn to anticipate and address the challenges that self-directed approaches might create for students who are more familiar with traditional learning environments.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6759

Assessing for Learning

Assessment in college teaching involves several critical processes: giving students meaningful tasks that allow them to demonstrate their learning; providing feedback that enables students to improve their performance; and using data about student learning to continually improve teaching. Education professionals are provided with opportunities to design and discuss approaches to evaluation and assessment that support learner motivation and development, track progress toward outcomes, and gain information they can use to inform their own practice, including ways that technology can augment these approaches. Through this course, education professionals can learn what it means to engage in teaching scholarship—the process of investigating their teaching and sharing demonstrably effective approaches with their peers.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6760

Facilitating Learning Online

Online learning represents the fastest growing sector of higher education and is used in a variety of contexts. Education professionals in this course analyze how online learning can serve as a supplement to textbooks and traditional classroom instruction, a substitute for face-to-face time in blended or hybrid classes, and the exclusive method of learning in fully online courses and programs. They explore how online learning presents special opportunities as well as challenges to faculty and  students. Through the development of an online learning experience, education professionals practice strategies for planning, facilitating, and assessing learning online, and they gain a better understanding of how to use online learning technologies to enhance learning and motivate students.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6960

Capstone: Master's Project

Through the master's capstone experience, education professionals have the opportunity to integrate and apply their learning to real-world issues or problems. Education professionals research and create a product that addresses a critical issue in a particular institution or area of higher education. Examples of such products include a design for a program or service that could be implemented at a particular institution, a professional development program or resource, or a position paper that addresses a particular issue in depth. Education professionals choose an issue or problem that is of sufficient scope to enable them to apply theories, concepts, and practices gained from multiple areas of prior coursework.


  • All other courses

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 30 semester credit hours $759 per semester hour $22,770
Technology Fee Per semester $220 $1,100


*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.

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

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

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Program Savings

Receive a 10% tuition reduction for the life of the program if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on October 31, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.



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