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Professional Development (Grades PreK–12) Specialization - MS in Education

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Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Professional Development (Grades PreK–12) helps prepare PreK–12 educators to be highly effective professional developers of teachers. Discover how to plan, design, and deliver professional development opportunities that support students’ needs and improve the growth of teachers and their influence on students. Learn to assess the impact of changed practices on student achievement. Practice collaboration, facilitation, coaching, and mentoring skills.

Based on the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Core Propositions and the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) Standards, this specialization can prepare students to take an active role in the continuous improvement of teaching and learning.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate current knowledge and skills with the understanding that educators are lifelong learners who continually add to their knowledge and skills.
  2. Analyze educational issues in light of current research and best practice through Walden University’s scholar-practitioner model.
  3. Reflect on and analyze educational issues in light of current research to inform best practice in PreK–12 classrooms.
  4. Demonstrate leadership to build a shared vision for effective teaching and learning that positively impacts all stakeholders within a given educational community.
  5. Demonstrate collaborative skills that integrate multiple perspectives in order to create ongoing support for the learning environment.
  6. Demonstrate skills to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of professional and interpersonal contexts.
  7. Act in ways that honor multiple perspectives and affirm the dignity and respect of all individuals internal and external to the learning environment.
  8. Demonstrate the skills and professional dispositions that advocate for social change to make a positive impact where the candidate works and lives.
  9. Create educational opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and remove barriers that inhibit learning.
  10. Build meaningful relationships to improve student learning by effective planning, communication, use of assessment data, and high-caliber delivery of instruction.
  11. Design and develop learning environments that integrate various technology tools and applications, connect technology usage to content areas, and embed technology into assessment strategies.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
  • Core courses (9 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (21 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 5 semesters enrollment

Specialization Curriculum

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.