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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

Special Education (K–Age 21) - Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


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Note on Licensure

For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, elementary education, and P–12 principal licensure (EdS) as well as an endorsement program in reading. Walden also offers an Ohio state-approved principal licensure program at the master’s level.

Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.  Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

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.

Curriculum (46 sem. cr.)


Field Experience (4 sem. cr.)


Guidebook


Walden University requires that all candidates in its teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) review the Candidate Guidebook and Field Experience and Demonstration Teaching Handbook to help them understand the guidelines and requirements of the program, including transition points and field experiences.

Candidates can access the Candidate Guidebook and Field Experience and Demonstration Teaching Handbook from their myWalden university portal. Candidates enrolled in the teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) should refer to the Candidate Guidebook for complete information on the programs and related policies and procedures related to them. Candidates should refer to the Field Experience and Demonstration Teaching Handbook for detailed information regarding the field experience requirements in the program.

Note on Licensure


Walden is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer a program leading to initial licensure in Special Education: Academic and Behavioral Strategist. Candidates must pass the required Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams (MTLEs) before Walden can recommend candidates to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for the license. Candidates are responsible for completing any other Minnesota requirements beyond Walden’s state-approved program and MDE is solely responsible for reviewing applications and issuing licenses.

Individuals interested in a special education licensure in states other than Minnesota may qualify by virtue of completing a state-approved teacher preparation program; however, individuals must review their state’s regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. The standards for an academic and behavioral strategist cover a wide spectrum of disabilities including, autism spectrum disorders, developmental cognitive disability, emotional or behavioral disorders, other health disorders, and specific learning disabilities; at the mild/moderate level. Other states may refer to this as a cross-categorical, generalist, or mild/moderate license.

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.