2014-2015 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2014) 
    
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2014-2015 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership


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In addition to the university’s admission requirements, some programs within The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership have their own requirements, as described in the section below.


In addition, some programs within The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, require the submission of a goal statement. Please refer to the additional program requirements for any specific guidelines pertaining to the goal statement or other criteria that must be met.

 

Program Requirements
Teacher Preparation Program With a Master of Arts in Teaching
Teacher Preparation Program With a Master of Arts in Teaching
  1. A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from a U.S. school accredited by a regional, professional/specialized, or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, or from an appropriately accredited non-U.S. institution, in a discipline or field related to the program/specialization for which application is made.
    • It is Walden’s policy, consistent with the policy of most states, that all U.S.-licensed educators must complete a degree, either at the bachelor’s or master’s level, from an institution that is regionally accredited by one of the six associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.
    • Degree programs that include a liberal arts or general studies core are advantageous to the future success of teacher candidates. Walden recommends that potential candidates demonstrate completion of college-level work in communication (including composition), humanities, and social/behavioral sciences, as well as in mathematics and natural sciences.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent in bachelor’s degree coursework. Conditional admission may be available for this program. Goal statements must include why the candidate wants to become a teacher in the chosen area. The statement should include any prior work with children and families and/or with diverse populations. 
  3. In lieu of research experience, the goal statement must cover the candidate’s experience with diversity.
  4. Admission requires the completion of all application materials, including a signed acknowledgment of background check and fingerprinting guidelines as well as immunization and TB guidelines.
  5. Applicants must have completed at least one college level course in multicultural and/or global studies.
  6. Completion of the MTLE Exam and scores must be received by Walden University prior to admission in the program.
Endorsement Program
Reading K–12 Endorsement Programs
  1. A bachelor’s degree, or higher, from a U.S. school accredited by a regional, professional/specialized, or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, or from an appropriately accredited non-U.S. institution, in a discipline or field related to the program/specialization for which application is made.
    • It is Walden’s policy, consistent with the policy of most states, that all U.S.-licensed educators must complete a degree, either at the bachelor’s or master’s level, from an institution that is regionally accredited by one of the six associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale in bachelor’s degree coursework. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
  3. A current Minnesota teaching license or the equivalent from another U.S. state.
  4. Application materials fully completed, including signed acknowledgment of responsibility for licensure.
Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Elementary Reading and Literacy
  • Engaging Culturally Diverse Learners
  • Integrating Technology in the Classroom
  • Mathematics 5–8
  • Mathematics K–6
  • Professional Development
  • Science, Grades K–8
  • Special Education (Non-Licensure)
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Teacher Leadership
  1. Admission requires at least 1 year teaching experience or a teaching certificate. While 1 year of teaching is required, applicants with less than 1 year, but who are currently teaching, may be eligible for conditional admission.
  2. Telephone interviews with persons listed as reference contacts may be conducted at the discretion of the associate dean (or designee).
  3. An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better is a criterion for full admission. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
Master’s Programs
M.S. in Education (except M.S. in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration [Principal Preparation program])
  1. Admission requires at least 1 year of teaching experience or a current and valid teaching certificate. Applicants with less than 1 year, however, but who are currently teaching, are eligible for conditional admission.
  2. Telephone interviews with persons listed as reference contacts may be conducted at the discretion of the associate dean (or designee).
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in bachelor’s degree coursework. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
M.S. in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation program)
  1. At least 3 years of teaching experience and a valid state-issued teaching license or certificate.
  2. Names of and contact information for two persons, professional or academic, qualified to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s skills and qualifications for study in the intended field.
  3. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in bachelor’s degree coursework
  4. Applicants without 3 years of teaching experience are not eligible for the Admissions Committee.
Post-Master’s Certificates

Post-Master’s Certificate in:

  • Adult Education
  • College Teaching and Learning
  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a master’s degree coursework.
  2. It is advantageous to have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience. Students lacking experience may be admitted; however, it could hinder their success within the program.
  3. Applicants should have current and consistent direct access to a group of students in a postsecondary learning environment by the time of entry into the program.
  4. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Programs
Education Specialist (Ed.S.): Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  1. It is advantageous to have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience. Students lacking experience may be admitted; however, it could hinder their success within the program.
  2. It is advantageous for applicants to the Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning specialization to be certified and to be currently employed as an education administrator.
  3. In order to complete the assignments successfully, applicants must have access to an administrator throughout the program. In addition, applicants must have access to students, administrators, and community members associated with a P-12 school setting in order to successfully complete EDAD 7203 - Leading Professional Learning Communities.*
  4. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

*Applicants are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admission’s process.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.):
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development
  1. It is advantageous to have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience. Students lacking experience may be admitted; however, it could hinder their success within the program.
  2. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Early Childhood
  1. It is advantageous to have at least 3 years of professional experience in education.
  2. Students are required to have one of the following:
    • A master’s or bachelor’s degree in one of the following: early childhood, child development, child psychology, human development, human ecology, family studies, education (K-12 teaching degree or related title); OR
    • Successful completion of at least four graduate courses with sufficient content in early childhood, including child development and effective program practices; OR
    •  Strong related work experience in early childhood.*
  3. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

Note: Students may direct questions regarding these requirements to their Enrollment Advisor.

*Students are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admission’s process.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation program)
 
  1. At least 3 years of teaching experience and a valid state-issued teaching license or certificate.
  2. Names of and contact information for two persons, professional or academic, qualified to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s skills and qualifications for study in the intended field.
  3. Applicants without 3 years teaching experience are not eligible for the Admissions Committee.
  4. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Technology
 
  1. It is advantageous to have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience. Students lacking experience may be admitted; however, it could hinder their success within the program.
  2. Applicants must have at least 1 year of experience applying technology in the workplace.
  3. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Reading and Literacy Leadership
 
  1. It is advantageous to have at least 3 years of professional experience in education.
  2. Applicants should have current and consistent direct access to a group of students in an authentic learning environment by the time of entry into the program.
  3. Students are required to have one of the following
    • A master’s degree in reading (or related title) OR
    • A teaching background with four graduate courses in reading OR
    • Strong related work experience in reading and literacy* OR
    • Significant professional development in reading and literacy**
  4. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

Note: Students may direct questions regarding these requirements to their Enrollment Advisor.


*Students are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admission’s process.


**Students are required to show proof of professional development during the Admission’s process.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Special Education

  1. Students are required to have one of the following:
    • A Master’s in Special Education degree OR
    • A master’s degree in a related field such as education, school counseling or school psychology and 2 years of related work experience implementing aspects of and/or creating IEPs (Individual Education Plans)
  2. Students must have access to a school or district environment that has special education programming.*
  3. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
*Students are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admission’s process.
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Teacher Leadership
  1. It is advantageous to have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience. Students lacking experience may be admitted; however, it could hinder their success within the program.
    • It is advantageous for applicants to the Teacher Leadership specialization to have current certification or to be eligible for certification in K–12 education.
    • Applicants should have direct access to a group of students in an authentic learning environment by the time of entry into the program.*
  2. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

*Applicants are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admission’s process.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Ed.D. with a specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  1. It is preferred that applicants have at least 3 years of professional experience in education or a related field
    • It is advantageous for applicants to the Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning specialization to be certified and to be currently employed as an education administrator.
    • In order to complete the assignments successfully, applicants must have access to an administrator throughout the program. In addition, applicants must have access to students, administrators, and community members associated with a P-12 school setting in order to successfully complete EDAD 8143 - Leading Professional Learning Communities.*
  2. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
*Applicants are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admission’s process.
Ed.D. with a specialization in:
  • Adult Education
  • College Teaching and Learning
  1. Applicants should have current and consistent direct access to a group of students in an authentic postsecondary learning environment by the time of entry into the program.
  2. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
Ed.D. with a specialization in:
  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction
  • Higher Education Leadership
  1. It is preferred that applicants have at least 3 years of professional experience in education or a related field.
  2. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
Ed.D. with a specialization in Early Childhood
  1. It is advantageous to have at least 3 years of professional experience in education. Students are required to have one of the following:
    • A master’s or bachelor’s degree in one of the following: early childhood, child development, child psychology, human development, human ecology, family studies, education (K-12 teaching degree or related title); OR
    • Successful completion of at least four graduate courses with sufficient content in early childhood, including child development and effective program practices; OR
    • Strong related work experience in early childhood.*
  2. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

Note: Students may direct questions regarding these requirements to their Enrollment Advisor.

*Students are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admission’s process.

Ed.D. with a specialization in Reading and Literacy Leadership
  1. It is advantageous to have at least 3 years of professional experience in education.
  2. Applicants should have current and consistent direct access to a group of students in an authentic learning environment by the time of entry into the program.
  3. Students are required to have one of the following:
    • A master’s degree in reading (or related title) OR
    • A teaching background with four graduate courses in reading OR
    • Strong related work experience in reading and literacy* OR
    • Significant professional development in reading and literacy**
  4. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
Note: Students may direct questions regarding these requirements to their enrollment advisor.

*Students are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admission’s process.

**Students are required to show proof of professional development during the admission’s process.

Ed.D. with a specialization in Special Education
  1. Students are required to have one of the following:
    • A Master’s in Special Education degree OR
    • A master’s degree in a related field such as education, school counseling or school psychology and 2 years of related work experience implementing aspects of and/or creating IEPs (Individual Education Plans)
  2. Students must have access to a school or district environment that has special education programming.*
  3. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
*Students are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admission’s process.
Ed.D. with a specialization in Teacher Leadership
  1. It is preferred to have at least 3 years of professional experience in education:
    • It is advantageous for applicants to the Teacher Leadership specialization to have current certification or to be eligible for certification in K–12 education.
    • Applicants should have direct access to a group of students in an authentic learning environment by the time of entry into the program.*
  2. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

*Applicants are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admission’s process.

Ph.D. in Education
Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Community College Leadership Applicants must have access to the community college setting, whether it is via the classroom or in an administrative capacity.
Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology
  1. It is advantageous to have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience. Students lacking experience may be admitted; however, it could hinder their success within the program.
  2. Applicants must have at least 1 year of experience applying technology in the workplace.
 
Post-Doctoral Certificate
Post-Doctoral Certificate in Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability
  1. It is advantageous to have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience. Students lacking experience may be admitted; however, it could hinder their success within the program.
  2. Conditional admission may be available for this program.