2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
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Special Education (Non-Licensure*) (Grades K–12) - MS in Education

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This specialization is designed for special education teachers who want to engage in continuing collegial professional development to meet the diverse educational needs of individuals with disabilities. Informed by the Council for Exceptional Children Advanced Content Role standards and the educational outcomes of the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, this specialization synthesizes the most current research, including neuroscience, assessment, collaboration, and scientifically based interventions, so that teachers can determine best practices for their own classrooms or school districts. Upon completion, participants will contribute to and promote positive social change in the field of special education.

*Walden University’s MS in Education program with a specialization in Special Education (Non-Licensure) does not lead to certification or licensure in special education. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program, will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure as a special education teacher.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, the educator professional:

  1. Advocates for legal and ethical policy that supports high quality education for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
  2. Provides leadership through effective communication and use of technology to promote practices and procedures that support and respect all individuals and result in positive, productive work environments.
  3. Uses educational research to increase expertise, improve instructional and intervention techniques and materials, and foster an environment that supports instructional improvement.
  4. Plans, presents, and evaluates professional development for self and others that focuses on supporting student access to learning through effective teaching strategies, curriculum standards, and assistive technology.
  5. Collaborates with multiple stakeholders to improve instructional programs at the school and systems levels and develop procedures to improve management systems.
  6. Creates supportive environments that safeguard the legal rights of students and their families.
  7. Understands the significance of the role of collaboration and promote understanding, resolve conflicts, and build consensus among both internal and external stakeholders.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
  • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (18 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.