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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.
The Program Learning Outcomes are aligned with Walden Outcomes.
Walden University’s CIA program strives to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:
- Facilitate the vision of learning supported by the school community through the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of that vision. (WLO1, WLO4, WLO6, WLO8)
- Promote a positive school culture through providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff. (WLO2, WLO3, WLO4)
- Demonstrate the ability to manage an educational organization in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment. (WLO2, WLO4, WLO5, WLO6, WLO8)
- Collaborate with stakeholders in the community to respond to diverse community interests and needs. (WLO1, WLO5, WLO8, WLO9)
- Effectively communicate with others through utilizing current technology and available communication tools. (WLO3, WLO4, WLO5, WLO8)
- Provide leadership to students, staff, and community stakeholders. (WLO2, WLO3, WLO8, WLO9)
- Utilize appropriate ethics of the profession. (WLO6, WLO7)
- Demonstrate the ability to impact social change (political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts). (WLO1, WLO2, WLO7, WLO9)
- 30 total semester credits
- Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
- Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
- Minimum 5 semesters enrollment
Core Courses (15 sem. cr.)
Specialization Courses (15 sem. cr.)
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 EdS. 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.