2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) 
    
    Jan 23, 2020  
2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) [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

BS in Elementary Education

BS in Elementary Education

Admissions to the undergraduate program is the same for all programs. Additional requirements to begin the Education courses as part of the conditional Acceptance into the BS in Elementary Education Program are below.

Teacher candidates can expect to complete the components during the admission process. Teacher candidates who are admitted into the BS in Elementary Education program are admitted conditionally.

Clearing of the provision of admission

  1. Cumulative Walden GPA of 2.5 (this does not include transfer courses).
  2. Minimum 45 total credits completion (this includes transfer and Walden credits).
  3. Candidates provide evidence of taking one of the basic skills exams required by the state of Minnesota. All subtests must be taken and passed within the same test battery. If a candidate does not receive a passing score, he or she will have an opportunity to retake the exam. If a candidate does not receive a passing score, he or she must retake an approved basic skills exam and pass it before he or she begins Demonstration Teaching.

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. Note: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE; www.ece.org) must evaluate a degree awarded from a non-U.S. institution as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree awarded by a U.S. institution.
  • 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, www.hlcommission.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.
  1. Submission of a goal statement that includes why the candidate wants to become a teacher in the chosen area, experience working with children and/or families from diverse populations, academic and work experience, personal qualities, and why the candidate chose Walden. 
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent in bachelor’s degree coursework. Candidates with a 2.30–2.49 cumulative GPA are eligible for conditional admission. These candidates must provide additional information in their application goal statement that includes an explanation of their low GPA, a plan for success, and a rationale for why they should be granted conditional admission to the program. These candidates must meet all requirements of Transition Point 2 before they can continue in their selected programs.
  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. Coursework would include, but is not limited to global studies, multicultural studies, diversity studies, cultural/ethnic studies, linguistic/language studies, or social studies with an international focus (world or regional economics, sociology, political science, religion). If candidates are not able to fulfill this requirement through coursework as determined by a transcript analysis, they will be referred to the admission committee for a final review. If the admission committee determines that they have no applicable courses in their undergraduate program, the prospective candidates will need to take a course in this area prior to being admitted to the program. They may fulfill this course through Walden or a different institution.
  6. Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam – Basic Skills.
  • Candidates who began the program prior to Fall 2017 must provide evidence of taking one of the basic skills exams required by the state of Minnesota.

Candidates who began the program Fall 2017 or after must pass one of the basic skills exams required by the state of Minnesota. These include the ACT plus writing, SAT, and GRE. All subtests must be taken and passed within the same test battery. Candidates who do not receive passing scores must retake an approved basic skills exam and pass it before they begin Demonstration Teaching.

Endorsement Program

Reading K–12 Endorsement Programs

This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

  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, www.hlcommission.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

MS in Education (except MS 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.

MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation program)

  1. A bachelor’s degree or higher in a discipline or field related to the program.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on the transcript that verifies the awarding of the bachelor’s degree.
  3. For graduates of non-U.S. institutions: verified proficiency in English.
  4. At least 1 year of teaching experience and a valid state-issued teaching license or certificate. Candidates should check for the teaching experience required by their state prior to applying for principal licensure or certification.
  5. Completed application materials, including a signed acknowledgment of background check, fingerprinting, immunization, and TB guidelines.
  6. 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.

Post-Master’s Certificates

Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult Education

  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 (EdS) Programs

Education Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment  

Education Specialist (EdS) in Early Childhood Education

  1. Students are required to have one of the following:
    • A master’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education OR
    • A master’s or bachelor’s degree in a related field such as elementary or special education, child development, or child psychology.
  2. It is preferred to have 2 years of professional experience in early childhood education.
  3. Students must have access to a school or district environment that has early childhood education programming*

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 (EdS) in Educational Administration and
Leadership
  1. It is preferred to have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience in P–12 Education.
  2. It is preferred for applicants to the Educational Administration and Leadership 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 a P–12 administrator throughout the program. In addition, applicants must also have access to students, and community members associated with a P–12 school setting in order to successfully complete the assignments in the program.
  4. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation program)

  1. A master’s degree or higher in a discipline or field related to the program.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the transcript that verifies the awarding of the master’s degree.
  3. For graduates of non-U.S. institutions: verified proficiency in English.
  4. At least 1 year of teaching experience and a valid state-issued teaching license or certificate. Candidates should check for the teaching experience required by their state prior to applying for principal licensure or certification.
  5. Completed application materials, including a signed acknowledgment of background check, fingerprinting, immunization, and tuberculosis (TB) guidelines.
  6. 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.

Education Specialist (EdS) 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 (EdS) in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment
  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 a master’s degree in education or a teaching background.
  4. Conditional admission may be available for this program.


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

Education Specialist (EdS) 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.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

EdD with a specialization in Community College Leadership
  1. It is preferred that applicants have at least 3 years of professional experience in a community college setting, education or a related field.
  2. Applicants must have current and consistent direct access to students, faculty or staff in an authentic community college learning environment.*
  3. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

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

EdD with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

 

  1. It is preferred that applicants have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience related to P–12 educational settings.
  2. In order to complete the course assignments successfully, applicants must have access to P–12 students or adults in postsecondary educational settings or an equivalent educational setting.
  3. Conditional program admission may be available on a case-by-case basis to students who can successfully demonstrate how an alternate setting is in alignment with P–12 students, adults, and community partners or a similar postsecondary setting.

EdD with a specialization in Early Childhood Education

  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.

EdD with a specialization in Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure)
  1. It is preferred to have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience in P–12 Education.
  2. It is preferred for applicants to the Educational Administration and Leadership 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 a P–12 administrator throughout the program. In addition, applicants must also have access to students, and community members associated with a P–12 school setting in order to successfully complete the assignments in the program.
  4. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

*Applicants are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement during the admissions process.

EdD with a specialization in Educational Technology
  1. It is advantageous to have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience.
  2. Applicants must have at least 1 year of experience applying technology in the workplace.
EdD with a specialization in Higher Education and Adult Learning
  1. It is preferred that applicants have at least 3 years of professional experience in education or a related field.
  2. Applicants must have current and consistent direct access to adult learners, students, faculty or staff in an authentic postsecondary education environment or adult learning setting.*
  3. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

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

EdD with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership and Management
  1. It is preferred that applicants have at least 3 years of professional experience in higher  education or a related field.
  2. Applicants must have current and consistent direct access to students, faculty, staff or administrators in an authentic postsecondary/higher education environment.*
  3. Conditional admission may be available for this program.


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

EdD with a specialization in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment
  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 a master’s degree in education or a teaching background.
  4. Conditional admission may be available for this program.


Note: Students may direct questions regarding these requirements to their enrollment advisor.

EdD 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.

PhD in Education

PhD 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.
PhD in Education with a specialization in Reading, Literacy, Assessment, and Evaluation
  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 a master’s degree in education or a teaching background.
  4. Conditional admission may be available for this program.
PhD in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Special Education
  1. Students are required to have one of the following:
  • An MS in Early Childhood Special Education degree from an accredited institution of higher education OR
  • An MS in Special Education degree from an accredited institution of higher education and a minimum of 2 years of related work experience working directly with all aspects of the continuum of service for early childhood children with identified special education related needs* OR
  • An MS in Early Childhood Education and a minimum of 2 years of related work experience working directly with all aspects of the continuum of service for early childhood children with identified special education related needs*  OR
  • An MS in Education degree with professional experience working directly with children in early childhood (through age 8) or special education.*
  1. Students must have access to a school or district environment that has early childhood special education programming or an early childhood setting providing documented/approved services for populations identified as requiring early childhood special education.*
  2. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

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

PhD in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy
  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.*
  1. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

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

PhD in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation

  1. It is preferred that applicants have 3 years of professional and/or academic experience related to P–12 educational settings.
  2. In order to complete the course assignments successfully, applicants must have access to P–12 students or adults in postsecondary educational settings or an equivalent educational setting.
  3. Conditional program admission may be available on a case-by-case basis to students who can successfully demonstrate how an alternate setting is in alignment with P–12 students, adults, and community partners or a similar postsecondary setting.

PhD in Education with a specialization in Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation

  1. It is preferred that applicants have at least 3 years of professional experience within an organization that enables and promotes individual and organizational assessment and evaluation.*
  2. It is preferred that applicants have access to a stakeholder within their own organization or an external organization who is responsible for the evaluation or assessment of that organization.

*Applicants do not need to be employed by an educational organization. A broad range of professional settings including corporate, nonprofit, government, healthcare, etc. is appropriate.

PhD in Education with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy

  1. It is preferred that applicants have at least 3 years of successful professional experience working in higher education administration or a related administrative field.
  2. It is preferred that an applicant will have access to an institution of higher education to practice, observe, and reflect on practices.

Note: Conditional admission may be available for this program.

PhD in Education with a specialization in Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management (P–20)

  1. It is preferred that applicants have at least 3 years of professional experience in P–12 or higher education.
  2. Applicants must have current and consistent direct access to students, faculty, staff or administrators in an authentic P–20 education environment.*
  3. Conditional admission may be available for this program.

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