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Some programs within Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership incorporate a series of academic requirements, referred to as transition points or milestones, designed to ensure that candidates have acquired the necessary competencies and expertise to be a more effective educator. At each transition point, progress within the program will be evaluated using assessments that align with national professional standards. Walden’s faculty members will help students master core concepts and principles, while student support services can provide additional academic, advising, and technical assistance. Successful advancement beyond each transition point certifies that students have the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions to make a positive impact in their classroom, school, and community.
Students are encouraged to review their program specific handbook or guidebook accessible from their MyWalden page for additional information on their program’s transition points.
Transition points can be found in the Minimum Academic Progress Benchmarks and GPA Requirements chart.
Transition points are included in the following programs:
Teacher Preparation Program
- Teacher Preparation Program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
- Special Education Endorsement Programs
Master’s Degree Programs
- M.S. in Adult Learning
- M.S. in Early Childhood Studies
- M.S. in Education (with the exception of the specialization in Educational Leadership)
- M.S. in Higher Education
- M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Programs
- Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
- Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development
- Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) Program
- Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Technology
- Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Teacher Leadership
- Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
- Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Teacher Leadership