2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12) - M.S. in Education

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This 30-semester-credit specialization is informed by the Middle Childhood Generalist and Early Adolescent Generalist standards set forth by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and various content area professional societies. The alignment of curriculum, assessment, and instruction is a complex task but helps to meet this goal: All children can learn.

Instituting standards inherently levels the playing field, suggesting the same achievement goals for all students, regardless of socioeconomic conditions, ethnicity, or learning differences. Specialization content focuses on current thinking about how teachers can best align their curriculum with state and local content standards. Each course is 8 weeks in length, and there are two consecutive courses per semester. The specialization is offered in a prescribed online sequence.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Draw on knowledge of subject matter and curriculum to make sound decisions about what is important for students to learn within and across the subject areas of the middle childhood and middle grades curriculum.
  2. Develop lessons and behaviors that help students learn to respect and appreciate individual and group differences.
  3. Use a variety of approaches to help students build knowledge and strengthen understanding.
  4. Identify skills gaps and preconceptions students may bring to the subject.



Note on Licensure

The only program offered by Walden that is state-approved as leading to any administrative/leadership license (e.g., assistant principal, principal, teacher leader, superintendent) is the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration, which has been approved in Minnesota for leading to licensure as a PreK–12 principal. It has also been approved in Ohio for leading to building principal licensure (grades preK–6, grades 4–9, and grades 5–12).

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.