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This specialization, designed for elementary school teachers, focuses on effective teaching strategies educators can apply to create lessons and hands-on learning experiences that facilitate reading and math learning. The reading courses in this program reflect the current technology-oriented literacy landscape and provide techniques for maximizing literacy learning and achievement. The math courses, which provide strategies for helping students meet the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, emphasize ways to assess students’ math skills, address misconceptions, plan interventions, and engage students so they become strong mathematical thinkers and problem-solvers.
Each course is 8 weeks in length, and there are two consecutive courses per semester.
At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:
- Enable all students to understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems.
- Enable all students to analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships and/or understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement.
- Use foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum.
- Use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading–writing connections.
- Use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
- Understand types of assessments and their purposes, strengths, and limitations.
- Select, develop, administer, and interpret assessments, both traditional print and electronic, for specific purposes.
- Use assessment information to plan and evaluate instruction.
- Communicate assessment results and implications to a variety of audiences.
Core Courses (12 sem. cr.)
Specialization Courses (18 sem. cr.)
Note on Licensure
For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.
Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.
The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).
Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.
Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.