2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) 
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2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teacher Preparation Program With a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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Walden’s Minnesota state-approved* teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) option is designed to prepare candidates to become P–12 classroom teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of exemplary educators who work in diverse settings. The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is committed to individuals who seek to become skilled classroom teachers and to providing them developmentally appropriate, student-centered learning experiences that build their students’ knowledge and skills.

* Note to all Pennsylvania residents: Walden University’s teacher preparation program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as leading to licensure. Because this program is not reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, candidates are instructed to apply for Pennsylvania certification as out-of-state graduates of a teacher preparation program.

* Note to all Washington residents: Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state-approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Minnesota and is authorized for field placements in Washington by the Professional Educators Standards Board. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, teachers are able to:

  1. Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
  2. Understand how children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support a child’s intellectual, social, and personal development.
  3. Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage student development of critical-thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills.
  4. Plan instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
  5. Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.
  6. Be a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  7. Use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  8. Foster relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students’ learning and well-being.
  9. Understand how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  10. Use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

Completion Requirements

  • 43–46 semester credits
  • Core courses (13–18 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (18–24 sem. cr.)
  • Field experience**: a minimum of 105 hours of classroom-based and virtual experiences in conjunction with coursework; 12 weeks of full-time demonstration teaching
  • MAT courses
  • ePortfolio

**Note: In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, access to a scanner is required so that candidates can electronically submit signed documents verifying their field experience hours.


The teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching is offered on a semester system. Each specialization has a planned sequence of courses. An ePortfolio based on the program’s identified outcomes must be submitted and approved during the final course of the program.

Course Sequence

The sequence of courses for this program is dependent upon the specialization. Please see the course sequence chart on each specialization page.

Program Data

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