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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12) - MS in Education


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This is a 30-semester-credit specialization designed to help teachers lead with greater confidence and skill in their classroom and throughout their learning community. Courses are infused with key leadership concepts, such as teacher mentorship, coaching, and distributed leadership. This specialization allows teachers to build upon their existing expertise as teaching professionals with dynamic leadership tools to encourage and mentor their colleagues, learn more about their own leadership style and its impact on those around them, and leverage the latest research and theory to guide their decisions and enhance their leadership capabilities. With the strategies and experiences gained from this program, teachers can help address such key challenges as parent involvement and student achievement.

Each course is 8 weeks in length, and there are two consecutive courses per semester. The program is offered in a prescribed online sequence.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Use diverse instructional strategies.
  2. Collaborate with other professionals about instructional policy, curriculum development, and staff development.

Degree Requirements


  • 30 total semester credit hours
  • Core courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (12 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 5 semesters enrollment

Specialization Curriculum


Note on Licensure


The only program offered by Walden that is state-approved as leading to any administrative/leadership license (e.g., assistant principal, principal, teacher leader, superintendent) is the EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration, which has been approved in Minnesota for leading to licensure as a P–12 principal.

In addition, some of Walden’s programs in leadership can lead to principal licensure in Texas through a partnership with the Harris County Department of Education. For more information about the Texas Principal Certification Program, please contact Harris County at http://www.hcde-texas.org/default.aspx?name=PrinCert.

Prospective candidates from outside of Minnesota should review their state licensure requirements to ensure that completing a teacher or principal preparation program at Walden will meet eligibility requirements for similar licensure in their states.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

Note on Certification


This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.