2019–2020 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2019) 
    
    Dec 04, 2020  
2019–2020 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Minimum Academic Progress Benchmarks and GPA Requirements Chart
Program Benchmarks for Advancement Toward Degree Completion Minimum GPA
Undergraduate Certificate in Data Science

*This certificate is currently not available as a standalone offering. Students may complete the certificate requirements by way of program concentration or elective courses to earn this credential as a part of their undergraduate degree program.
  • A minimum of 3 courses per year of enrollment
  • Maintain an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.0 in classes taken at the university
2.0
Bachelor’s programs
  • A minimum of 3 courses per year of enrollment
  • Maintain an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.0 in classes taken at the university
2.0
BS in Elementary Education

These transition points are specific times when candidates must meet certain teacher preparation program requirements and professional standards set by the Minnesota Board of Teaching in order to be recommended for licensure in Minnesota. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Student Success Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor candidates’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.

A full description of the transition points may be found in the Candidate Guidebook

Transition Point 1: Provisional and Conditional Admission

Teacher candidates who are admitted in the BS in Elementary Education program are admitted provisionally. Clearing of the provision of admission requires the following:

  • Cumulative Walden grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (this does not include transfer courses)
  • Minimum 45 total credits completion (including transfer and Walden credits)
  • Candidates must submit an official score report showing they took an approved basic skills exam.* All subtests must be taken within the same test battery.

Once the provision of admission has been cleared, candidates are conditionally admitted into the program and may begin the professional core courses.

*See Basic Skills Test Options, Registration Information, and Official Score Reports chart.

Transition Point 2: Official Program Admission

Teacher candidates can expect to be officially admitted into the program upon completing the first six courses of the professional core and completing the below requirements:

  • Candidates must submit a completed Preferred Placement Form during EDUC 2400, the first professional core course in the program. Failure to do so will impact the candidate’s future registration and will delay a candidate’s placement.
  • Candidates must submit a completed Professional Liability Insurance Verification Form during EDUC 2400, the first professional core course in the program. Failure to do so will impact the candidate’s future registration and will delay a candidate’s placement.
  • Candidates must submit a Plan of Study during EDUC 2400, the first professional core course in the program. Failure to do so will impact the candidate’s future registration and will delay a candidate’s placement.
  • Candidates must submit a Writing Sample during EDUC 2400.
  • Candidates must submit a timesheet, host teacher evaluation, and updated Plan of Study in EDUC 3052, which is the first field experience course the candidate takes.
  • All program course requirements must be successfully completed with any and all incomplete grades resolved.
  • Candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional core courses. If at any point a candidate’s GPA falls below 3.0 in the professional core courses only, the candidate will be placed on academic warning. Candidates should refer to the Academic Warning section in the Walden University Student Handbook for more information.

Transition Point 3: Approval for Demonstration Teaching

Candidates can expect to complete the components of Transition Point 3 by the end of all professional coursework prior to demonstration teaching.

  • Maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0 or above in all professional courses to be approved for demonstration teaching
  • Submit a completed Application for Demonstration Teaching by the appropriate deadline
  • Successfully complete all program course requirements, with any and all Incomplete grades resolved
  • Have no unresolved professional disposition concerns
  • Successfully complete Major Assessments 3, 6, and 7, with a minimum score of 3 on a 4-point scale
  • Successfully complete the field experience hours, as evidenced by submitted timesheets and host teacher evaluations in all field experience courses
  • Submit all required host teacher evaluations
  • Submit evidence of updated Professional Liability Insurance Verification Form
  • Submit an updated Plan of Study in EDUC 3056

Transition Point 4: Program Completion

Candidates complete Transition Point 4 when they successfully complete all program requirements.

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all professional courses and a Walden cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Successfully complete EDUC 4030 demonstration teaching in Elementary Education and the Demonstration Teaching Evaluation (Major Assessment 4)
  • Successfully complete the edTPA (Major Assessment 5)
  • Successfully complete the Collaboration Project (Major Assessment 8)
  • Have no unresolved professional disposition concerns
  • Take and pass the required Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE; Major Assessments 1 and 2):
    • Pedagogy Elementary—Subtests 1 and 2 (test numbers 012 and 013)
    • Content: Elementary—Subtests 1, 2, and 3 (test numbers 191, 192, and 193)
      *Passing scores are currently 240 on each subtest

Note: These exams are considered program requirements. Candidates seeking initial licensure in a state other than Minnesota may also be required to take and pass a licensure exam(s) required by their state. Candidates may use these test scores if seeking a Minnesota license and/or transferring a Minnesota license to another state, as per each state’s requirements.

2.5 overall / 3.0 professional core
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • A minimum of 3 courses per year of enrollment
2.0

Graduate Certificate in:

  • Adult Learning
  • Advanced Cyber Security
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Applied Project Management
  • Auditing
  • Brand and Product Marketing
  • Business Management
  • College Teaching and Learning
  • Communication
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Data Management
  • Developmental Education
  • Digital Marketing
  • Early Childhood Administration, Management, and Leadership
  • Early Childhood Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Elementary Reading and Literacy
  • Engaging Culturally Diverse Learners
  • Enrollment Management and Institutional Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Cyber Security
  • Human Resource Management
  • Higher Education Leadership for Student Success
  • Information Systems
  • Instructional Design
  • Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K–12)
  • Leadership
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Mathematics 5–8
  • Mathematics K–6
  • Online Teaching for Adult Educators
  • Professional Development
  • Science, Grades K–8
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Teaching Adults English as a Second Language
  • Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field
  • Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
  • Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K–12)
  • Teaching K–12 Students Online

 

  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0

Master of Arts in Education (MAT) in Special Education (SPED)

These transition points are specific times when candidates must meet certain teacher preparation program requirements and professional standards set by the Minnesota Board of Teaching in order to be recommended for licensure in Minnesota. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Student Success Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor candidates’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.

A full description of the transition points may be found in the Candidate Guidebook.

Transition Point 1: Conditional Admission

Admission to the program requires the following:

  • 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.
  • 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 applicants must provide a 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Basic Skills Exam*
    • Candidates must submit an official score report showing they took an approved basic skills exam.* All subtests must be taken within the same test battery.

*See Basic Skills Test Options, Registration Information, and Official Score Reports chart.

 

English Language Proficiency
The main language of instruction at Walden is English; therefore, academic success depends upon a candidate’s ability to converse in, write, and understand English. Therefore, candidates who do not meet at least one of the following exemptions will be required to submit a score of an official test of English proficiency (see Table 5 below with minimum scores):

  1. Applicants must possess an associate’s degree or higher from an institution in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
  2. The admitting degree is from an institution where the primary language of instruction and evaluation was in English, and for which verification is available through the International Handbook of Universities, published and edited by IAU/UNESCO. Additional information may be requested from the applicant’s university registrar’s office to verify that the instruction was conducted in English.

Table 5. English Language Proficiency Requirements

English Proficiency Test Minimum Required Score
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

paper-based: 550
computer-based: 213 Internet-based: 79

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 82
Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score: 6.5
Pearson Test of English 53

Transition Point 2: Official Program Admission

Candidates can expect to complete the components of Transition Point 2 by the end of their coursework in EDUC 6628 - Individualizing Education Programs for Learners With Exceptionalities (the first two semesters of the program). Additionally, the following requirements must be met:

  • Submit a completed Preferred Placement Form during EDUC 6605 - Teacher as Lifelong Learner and Professional Educator, the first course in the program.
  • Submit a completed Professional Liability Insurance Verification Form during EDUC 6605.
  • Submit a Writing Sample during EDUC 6605.
  • Successfully complete all program course requirements, with any and all Incomplete grades resolved.
  • Have no unresolved professional disposition concerns.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 during the first semester. (Candidates’ GPAs will be checked at the end of each semester. If at any point a candidate’s GPA falls below 3.0, the candidate will be placed on academic warning. Candidates will have two semesters to raise their GPA to the required level.)

Transition Point 3: Approval for Demonstration Teaching

Candidates can expect to complete the components of Transition Point 3 by the end of their coursework in EDUC 6639 - Instructional Strategies for Learners With Exceptionalities:

  • Maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0 or above to be approved for demonstration teaching.
  • Submit a completed Application for Intensive Field Experiences and Demonstration Teaching by the appropriate deadline. Candidates who plan to complete intensive field experiences during the spring semester (January–April) must submit the application by May 31 of the preceding year; candidates who plan to complete intensive field experiences during the fall semester (September–December) must submit the application by January 31.
  • Candidates provide current professional liability insurance.
  • Successfully complete all program course requirements, with any and all Incomplete grades resolved.
  • Have no unresolved professional disposition concerns.
  • Successfully complete the major assessments, with a minimum score of 3 on a 4-point scale.
  • Successfully complete the field experience hours, as evidenced by submitted time sheets and host teacher evaluations.

Transition Point 4: Program Completion

Candidates complete Transition Point 4 when they successfully complete all program requirements.

  • Maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0.
  • Successfully complete EDUC 6648 Demonstration Teaching and the Demonstration Teaching Evaluation (Major Assessment 4).
  • Successfully complete all course requirements.
  • Successfully complete all major assessments: edTPA (Major Assessment 5), the Professional Practice Plan (Major Assessment 7), and the Data Based Individualized Instruction (Major Assessment 8), with a minimum score of 3 on a 4-point scale.
  • Have no unresolved professional disposition concerns.
  • Pass the MTLE (Major Assessments 1 and 9).
    • Pedagogy: Elementary OR Secondary
    • Content: Special Education Core  Skills (Birth to Age 21)
      Passing scores are currently 240 on each subtest.
    • OR for candidates who started before Fall 2017, pass the Praxis II 5543

3.0

Reading K–12 Endorsement The university expects students to be continuously enrolled until the completion of all course requirements. 3.0
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology with specializations in Instructional Design; Training and Performance Improvement; and Online Learning
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Master’s programs    
  • MS in Clinical Psychology
  • 4–8 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Policy
  • 3–8 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
  • Students must earn an A or B grade in PUBH 6005 in order to continue in the program.
  • If students do not earn an A or B in the second attempt at PUBH 6005, they will be academically dismissed from the university.
 
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Information Systems Management (MISM)
  • MS in Accounting
  • MS in Career Counseling
  • MS in Clnical Mental Health Counseling
  • MS in Communication
  • MS in Criminal Justice
  • MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management
  • MS in Cybersecurity
  • MS in Data Science
  • MS in Education with a specialization in Leadership
  • MS in Finance
  • MS in Human Resource Management
  • MS in Information Technology
  • MS in Leadership
  • MS in Management
  • MS in Marketing
  • MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
  • MS in Project Management
  • MS in Software Engineering
  • 3–6 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
  • MS in Emergency Management
  • MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • 3–8 courses per year of enrollment
 

MS in Education

  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0

MS in Education in Education Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation)

Transition Point 1

Transition Point 1 is completion of the admission process.

Admission requires the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in a discipline or field related to the program.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on the transcript that verifies the awarding of the bachelor’s degree.
  • For graduates of non-U.S. institutions: verified proficiency in English.
  • 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.
  • Completed application materials, including a signed acknowledgment of background check, fingerprinting, immunization, and TB guidelines.
  • 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.

Transition Point 2

Principal candidates can expect to complete all components of Transition Point 2 by the end of the seventh course.

  • Submit the Preferred Placement Site Form to the ePortfolio during the first course. Note: An initial field experience conference takes place prior to each field experience setting.
  • Show proof of liability insurance by the second week of the third course. Failure to do so will delay field experience placement.
  • Complete the first seven academic courses and four field experience courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Submit to the ePortfolio required major assessments, successfully completed with a minimum score of 3 on a 4-point scale

Transiton Point 3

Principal candidates can expect to complete all components of Transition Point 3 by the end of the ninth course.

  • Complete the eighth and ninth academic courses and the last two field experience courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Submit to the ePortfolio required major assessments, successfully completed with a minimum score of 3 on a 4-point scale.
  • Complete 240 hours of field experience across three levels (i.e., elementary, middle or junior high, and high school), including one 160-hour placement and two 40-hour placements.
  • Candidates provide current professional liability insurance

Transition Point 4

Principal candidates can expect to complete all components of Transition Point 4 after the final course.

  • Complete the final (10th) course, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Submit to the ePortfolio required major assessments, successfully completed with a minimum score of 3 on a 4-point scale.
  • Revise the Individual Learning Plan with updated leadership philosophy, goals, and action plan during the final semester.
  • Pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) exam (test code 6011 (online)), as administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exam #015, Educational Leadership. Candidates who started the program prior to January 2016 have the option of taking the SLLA or OAE.  Candidates who began the program January 2016 and after must take the OAE.
 
Post-Master’s certificates
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0

Education Specialist (EdS) in:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment  (Non-Licensure)
  • Early Childhood Education  (Non-Licensure)
  • Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure)
  • Educational Technology  (Non-Licensure)
  • Reading, Literacy, and Assessment (Non-Licensure)
  • Special Education (Non-Licensure)
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
 

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

Transition Point One: Program Admission

Principal candidates can expect to complete the components of Transition Point One during the admission process.

Admission requires

  • A master’s degree or higher in a discipline or field related to the program.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the transcript that verifies the awarding of the master’s degree.
  • For graduates of non-U.S. institutions: verified proficiency in English.
  • 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.
  • Completed application materials, including a signed acknowledgment of background check, fingerprinting, immunization, and tuberculosis (TB) guidelines.
  • 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.

Transition Point Two: Completed After the Seventh Course

  • Preparation for Licensure
    • Field experience Preferred Placement Site Form
      • Candidates must submit the Preferred Placement Site Form to their ePortfolio during their first course.
      • Note: An initial field experience conference takes place prior to each field experience setting.
    • Proof of liability insurance
      • Candidates must show proof of liability insurance by the second week of the third course in the program. Failure to do so will delay a candidate’s placement.
    • Selection of Minnesota track or Ohio track
      • Candidates must select the Minnesota track or Ohio track by the end of the first course in the program. Failure to do so will delay a candidate’s placement.
  • Coursework and Major Assessments
    • Course completion
      • Candidates must complete the first seven courses, as well as four field experience courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
    • Major assessments
      • Candidates must submit to the ePortfolio required major assessments with Competency-Based Reflections aligned to the Riley College of Education and Leadership outcomes. Candidates must successfully complete the major assessments with a minimum score of 3 on a 4-point scale.

Transition Point Three: Completed After the Ninth Course

  • Coursework and Major Assessments
    • Course completion
      • Candidates must complete the first nine courses, as well as their last two field experience courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
    • Major assessments
      • Candidates must submit to the ePortfolio required major assessments with Competency-Based Reflections aligned to the Riley College of Education and Leadership outcomes. Candidates must successfully complete the major assessments with a minimum score of 3 on a 4-point scale.
  • Candidates provide current professional liability insurance
  • Successful Completion of Field Experience Requirements
    • Candidates must complete 320 hours across three levels (elementary, middle or junior high, and high school).
      • One 240-hour placement
      • Two 40-hour placements

Transition Point Four: Completed After the 10th Course
(After candidates have completed all their courses, and passed the School Leaders Licensure Assessment [SLLA] Exam or Ohio Assessment for Educators [OAE] Exam)

  • Coursework and Major Assessments
    • Course completion
      • Candidates must complete all of their courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
    • Major assessments
      • Candidates must submit to the ePortfolio required major assessments with Competency-Based Reflections aligned to the Riley College of Education and Leadership outcomes. Candidates must successfully complete the major assessments with a minimum score of 3 on a 4-point scale.
  • Exit Evaluation
    • The candidate and university representatives participate in a conference in which the candidate demonstrates proficiency in the Minnesota competencies or Ohio standards.  Additionally, the candidate will revise the Individual Learning Plan with updated leadership philosophy, goals, and action plan during the final semester.
  • School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) or the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Exam #015, Educational Leadership

    Candidates must pass either exam. Candidates who started the program prior to January 2016 have the option of taking the SLLA or OAE.  Candidates who began the program January 2016 and after must take the OAE.
 

EdD with specializations in:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Non-Licensure)
  • Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)
  • Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure)
  • Educational Technology (Non-Licensure)
  • Reading, Literacy, and Assessment (Non-Licensure)
  • Special Education (Non-Licensure)
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements

 

3.0
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • First course (DDBA 8006) within first semester of enrollment
  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as program begins (while taking DDBA 8006 or DDBA 8151): should be taken within 90 days of completing the first course (DDBA 8006)
  • Complete Residency 2 face-to-face just prior to the start or during the first few weeks of DDBA 8991/8803
  • Two residencies required
  • Completion of coursework and doctoral study according to course sequence and individual course requirements
3.0
Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)
  • Foundation course (ITEC 8000) within first semester of enrollment
  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as program begins (while taking ITEC 8000): should be taken within 90 days of completing the first course (ITEC 8000). Residency 1 is required in order to advance into ITEC 8427
  • Complete Residency 2 face-to-face during the Research Methodology courses; Residency 2 is required to advance into ITEC 8201 and subsequent courses
  • Two residencies required
  • Completion of coursework and doctoral study according to course sequence and individual course requirements
3.0
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • A minimum of 3 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
KAM-based PhD programs (except PhD in Education)
  • Foundation course (AMDS 8008, HLTH 8008, or HUMN 8008) within first quarter of enrollment
  • Residency 1 within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
  • First KAM within 1 year (4 full quarters) of completion of Foundation course, then one KAM per remaining year of enrollment
  • RSCH 8110 in second quarter of enrollment in program. Prerequisite for RSCH 8110 is successful completion of Foundation course
  • Residency 2 linked to enrollment in or completion of RSCH 8110
3.0
KAM-/Course-based PhD (Mixed-Model) programs (except PhD in Education)
  • Foundation course (AMDS 8008, HLTH 8008, or PPPA 8008) within first quarter of enrollment
  • Residency 1 within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
  • RSCH 8110 in second quarter of enrollment in program. Prerequisite for RSCH 8110 is successful completion of Foundation course
  • First KAM within 1 year (4 full quarters) of completion of Foundation course, then one KAM per remaining year of enrollment (applies to the PhD in Health Services’ Community Health Promotion and Education specialization, and PhD in Human Services
  • Residency 2 linked to enrollment in or completion of RSCH 8110
3.0
Course-based PhD programs
  • Foundation course within first quarter of enrollment
  • Residency 1 within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
  • Residency 2 linked to enrollment in or completion of RSCH 8110
3.0
PhD in Education (all specializations)  

 


 

3.0
Post-Doctoral Bridge Certificates
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements

3.0

 

Post-Doctoral Certificate in Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability
  • The university expects students to be continuously enrolled until the completion of all course requirements.
3.0

 

Basic Skills Test Options, Registration Information, and Official Score Reports:
BS in Elementary Education and Master of Arts in Education (MAT) in Special Education (SPED)
Licensure Exam: Basic Skills Important Notes for Walden Teacher Licensure Candidates Including Registration Information Requesting an Official Score Report

Praxis Core

Candidates from MN should review the Tiered License requirements. The Praxis Core is not an approved basic skills exam for a Tier Four License in MN.

Registration Information:
https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/

At the time you register for the Praxis Core, select Walden University as a score recipient. Walden must receive the scores directly from ETS for the scores to be considered official.

If you took the Praxis Core and did not indicate Walden University, you must contact ETS to request official scores to be sent to Walden University.

ACT Plus Writing

The ACT test will not be accepted; only the ACT plus Writing will be accepted. The ACT Plus Writing was first offered in Feb 2005.

Registration Information:
https://services.actstudent.org/OA_HTML/actibeCAcdLogin.jsp

(Please confirm you are registering for the ACT Plus Writing, and not ACT without writing.)

At the time you register for the ACT Plus Writing, select Walden University as a score recipient. Walden’s school code is 7810. Walden must receive the scores directly from ACT for scores to be considered official.

If you did not select Walden University at the time you registered, follow the directions for sending your score to Walden University outlined on the ACT Plus Writing website.

SAT w/Essay

The SAT must include a writing component. The writing component was added to the SAT in 2005. Scores for the SAT will not be accepted if the SAT was taken prior to the writing component being added.

Registration Information:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register

At the time you register for the SAT with essay, select Walden University as a score recipient. Walden must receive the scores directly from College Board for scores to be considered official.

If you took the test and did not select Walden University at the time you registered for the test, follow the directions for sending your score to Walden University outlined on the SAT website.

If you are requesting a score report for a test you took several years ago, follow the directions for sending your older scores to Walden University outlined on the SAT website.

GACE Program Admission—for GA candidates

This exam is most suited for Georgia candidates. The GACE is a Georgia-specific exam and is not accepted in other states.

Registration Information:
https://gace.ets.org/prepare/materials/700

At the time you register for the GACE, select Walden University as a score recipient.  Walden must receive the scores directly from ETS for the scores to be considered official.

If you took the GACE and did not indicate Walden University, you must contact ETS to request official scores to be sent to Walden University.

CBEST—CA candidates

This exam is most suited for California candidates.  The CBEST exam is a California-specific exam and may not be accepted in other states.

Registration Information: https://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/CA_CBEST_TestPage.html

Test scores will be sent directly to the candidate. Once you receive a copy of the scores, please email the PDF to the Walden Student Success Advising Team with your Student ID# at studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu.

     
Exams Previously Accepted

GREaccepted if enrolled before Feb 2019

Registration Information:
https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register

Your GRE test score will only be considered valid for 5 years. At the time you register for the GRE or the day you take the test, select Walden University as a score recipient.

If you did not select Walden University as a score recipient when you took the exam and you took the exam within the past 5 years, you must order an additional score report. Follow the directions for ordering an additional score report listed on the ETS website.

GRE Test scores will not be accepted if the exam was taken more than 5 years ago.

Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, and Mathematicsaccepted if enrolled before Jan 2018

*Scores from this exam are only accepted from students who were enrolled into the program prior to the Spring 2018 start. Students enrolled prior to Spring 2018 are allowed to retake portions of the exam for a passing score. 

The Minnesota NES became available Aug 30, 2016. All Walden candidates who take the NES basic skills exam must take the MN version (not the multi-state version).

Passing NES subtest scores can be combined with passing MTLE subtest scores. For example, a passing NES Reading score can be combined with passing MTLE Writing and Math scores to meet the MN basic skills testing requirement.

Registration Information: http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/

Score reports are released according to the scheduled posted on the MTLE website.

At the time you register for the Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills subtests, select Walden University as a score recipient. Walden must receive the scores directly from Pearson for the scores to be considered official.

If you took the Minnesota NES and did not indicate Walden University as a score recipient when you registered for the exam, you must contact Pearson to request your scores in a sealed envelope and have them sent to you. Once you receive the sealed envelope, do not open this envelop and mail this envelop to Walden University.

MTLE Basic Skills: Reading, Writing, and  Mathematicsaccepted if enrolled before to Jan 2018

Test is no longer being offered as of June 2016. Passing subtest scores will be accepted; passing MTLE subtests may be combined with the Minnesota NES exam.

If you took the MTLE basic skills subtests on or before June 2016, but did not indicate Walden University as a score recipient, you must contact Pearson to request your scores be sent to Walden University. Walden must receive the scores directly from Pearson for scores to be considered official.

Praxis Iaccepted if enrolled before to Jan 2018

Must have been passed before 9/1/2010. Walden and Minnesota will not accept Praxis taken after 9/1/2010.

If you took and passed the Praxis I basic skills subtests before 9/1/2010, but did not indicate Walden University as a score recipient, you must contact ETS to request your scores be sent to Walden University. Walden must receive the scores directly from ETS for scores to be considered official. You can request an official score report to be sent to Walden University by following the directions on the ETS website.

First-Year PhD Academic Benchmarks and Progress Standards

KAM-Based PhD Programs
Academic Progress Benchmark Timeline
Foundation or first course Within first quarter of enrollment
Professional Development Plan/program of study Within first quarter of enrollment
Initial Learning Agreement Within first quarter of enrollment
Residency 1 requirement Within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods (5 cr.) Within first year (4 full quarters) of enrollment
Initial KAM Within 1 year (4 full quarters) of completion of Foundation course

 

KAM/Course-Based (Mixed-Model) PhD Programs/Specializations
Academic Progress Benchmark Timeline
Foundation or first course Within first quarter of enrollment
Professional Development Plan/program of study Within first quarter of enrollment
Initial Learning Agreement in programs requiring AMDS 8008, PPPA 8008, or HLTH 8008. Within second quarter of enrollment
Residency 1 requirement Within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods (5 cr.) Within first year (4 full quarters) of enrollment
Initial KAM (applies to the PhD in Education, PhD in Health Services’ Community Health Promotion and Education specialization, PhD in Human Services, and PhD in Management) Within 1 year (4 full quarters) of completion of Foundation course

 

Course-Based PhD Programs
Academic Progress Benchmark Timeline
First course within first quarter of enrollment Within first quarter of enrollment
Professional Development Plan/program of study Within first quarter of enrollment
Residency 1 requirement Within 90 calendar days of completion of first course
Successful completion of credit-bearing Walden courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher Within 1 year (4 full quarters) of enrollment