2011-2012 Walden University Student Handbook (June 2012) 
    
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2011-2012 Walden University Student Handbook (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership


Return to: Additional Academic Unit/Program Requirements 

All programs within Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, with the exception of undergraduate programs and Graduate Certificates, 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.

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.
    1. 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. 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. Applicants with a 2.3–2.49 cumulative GPA are eligible for conditional admission. 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.

Special Education 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.
    1. 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. Applicants with a 2.0–2.29 cumulative GPA are eligible for conditional admission.
  3. A current Minnesota teaching license or the equivalent from another U.S. state.
  4. Goal statement that describes why the applicant wants to work with the special education population.
  5. Application materials fully completed, including signed acknowledgment of responsibility for licensure.

Graduate Certificate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  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, 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. While an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better is a criterion for full admission, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 are eligible to apply for conditional admission.

Graduate Certificate in Elementary Reading and Literacy

  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, 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. While an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better is a criterion for full admission, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 are eligible to apply for conditional admission.
     

Graduate Certificate in Engaging Culturally Diverse Learners

  1. Admission requires at least 1 year of teaching experience or a teaching certificate. While 1 year of teaching is required, applicants with less than 1 year, 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. While an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better is a criterion for full admission, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 are eligible to apply for conditional admission.

 Graduate Certificate in Integrating Technology in the Classroom 

  1. Admission requires at least 1 year of teaching experience or a teaching certificate. While 1 year of teaching is required, applicants with less than 1 year, 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. While an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better is a criterion for full admission, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 are eligible to apply for conditional admission.

Graduate Certificate in Professional Development 

  1. Admission requires at least 1 year of  teaching experience or a teaching certificate. Applicants with less than1year, 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. While an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better is a criterion for full admission, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 are eligible to apply for conditional admission.

Graduate Certificate in Science, Grades K–8

  1. Admission requires at least 1 year of teaching experience or a teaching certificate. While we require 1 year of teaching, applicants with less than 1 year 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. While an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better is a criterion for full admission, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 are eligible to apply for conditional admission.
     

Graduate Certificate in Special Education (Non-Licensure)

  1. Admission requires at least 1 year of teaching experience or a teaching certificate. While 1 year of teaching is required, applicants with less than 1 year 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. While an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better is a criterion for full admission, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 are eligible to apply for conditional admission.
     

Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership

  1. Admission requires at least 1 year of teaching experience or a teaching certificate. While 1 year of teaching is required, applicants with less than 1 year, 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. While an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better is a criterion for full admission, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 are eligible to apply for conditional admission.

M.S. in Education

  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. While an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better is a criterion for full admission, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 are eligible to apply for conditional admission.

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. Additional coursework may be considered by committee but will not be calculated to alter degree institution GPA.
  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.
     

Education Specialist (Ed.S.): Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning; Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development; Educational Technology;* Leadership for Social Change in Education; Teacher Leadership

  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a master’s degree coursework. Additional coursework may be considered by committee but will not be calculated to alter degree institution GPA.
  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.

*Note: The master’s doesn’t have to be in technology; it can be in teaching or another related area.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.): 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. Additional coursework may be considered by committee but will not be calculated to alter degree institution GPA.
  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 an authentic postsecondary learning environment by the time of entry into the program.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.): 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.

 

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.): 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:
     

    a. 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.
    b. 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.*
     

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

 
   

 Education Specialist (Ed.S.): 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. A master’s degree in reading (or related title) OR
b. A teaching background with four graduate courses in reading OR
c. Strong related work experience in reading and literacy* OR
d. Significant professional development in reading and literacy**

Note: Students may direct questions regarding these requirements to their Enrollment Advisor.
*Students are required to discuss how they satisfy this requirement in their Goal Statement during the admission’s process.
**Students are required to show proof of professional development during the Admission’s process.

 Doctor of Education (Ed.D.): Teacher Leadership

  1. It is preferred to have at least 3 years of professional experience in education:

a. It is advantageous for applicants to the Teacher Leadership specialization to have current certification or to be eligible for certification in K–12 education.
b. Applicants should have direct access to a group of students in an authentic learning environment by the time of entry into the program.*


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

 

 

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.): Adult Education

  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 postsecondary learning environment by the time of entry into the program.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.): College Teaching and Learning

  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 postsecondary learning environment by the time of entry into the program.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.): Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Higher Education Leadership    

  1. It is preferred that applicants have at least 3 years of professional experience in education or a related field.

Doctor of Education (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. A master’s degree in reading (or related title) OR

b. A teaching background with four graduate courses in reading OR

c. Strong related work experience in reading and literacy* OR

d. Significant professional development in reading and literacy**

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

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

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

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.): Special Education Specialization

  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a master’s degree coursework. Additional coursework may be considered by committee but will not be calculated to alter degree institution GPA.
  2. Students are required to have one of the following:

    a)       A Master’s in Special Education degree or

    b)      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)

  3. Students must have access to a school or district environment that has special education programming.*

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

Ph.D. in Education: Community College Leadership

Applicants must have access to the community college setting, whether it’s via the classroom or in an administrative capacity.

Ph.D. in Education: Educational Technology

Applicants must have at least 1 year of experience applying technology in the classroom.