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

BS in Elementary Education

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Designed to prepare graduates for initial licensure and approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching (MBOT), Walden’s BS in Elementary Education program prepares students to be highly effective professional educators in the K–6 setting. The curriculum incorporates strategies proven to help children develop confidence and succeed in today’s diverse classroom environments. The coursework enables education students to explore the integration of technology in the classroom, collaboration and building family partnerships, and literacy. Students in this program also have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in a balanced integration of core and general education courses as well as higher-level courses focused on preparing them for certification and the real-world classroom experience.
  • Create and implement methods for using 21st-century technology to improve family communication, as well as student motivation and achievement.
  • Apply best practices in supervised experiences in K–6 classrooms.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to demonstrate skills in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge and Skills—Demonstrate content knowledge, skills, and pedagogy appropriate to elementary education.
  2. Professional Practice—Demonstrate the skills and dispositions of a professional educator.
  3. Instruction—Promote K-6 children’s development and learning across content areas through the design and implementation of engaging, differentiated learning experiences  that support children’s development and learning across all domains.
  4. Assessment—Use data to assess student growth to make informed instructional decisions that build on the strengths and meet the needs of  individual children.
  5. Cultural Responsiveness—Practice cultural responsiveness to build positive trusting relationships with children, families, and colleagues and to create supportive learning environments for all.
  6. Technology—Use technology appropriately, resourcefully, and innovatively to personalize and improve teaching and learning.
  7. Collaboration and Relationship Building—Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with children, families, colleagues, and communities to improve outcomes for every child  and effect positive social change.

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
  • General Education courses—71 qtr. credits
    • HMNT 1001 (completed in 1st term)—6 qtr. credits
    • Humanities—15 qtr. credits
    • Written and Oral communication—10 qtr. credits
    • Math and Natural Sciences—20 qtr. credits
    • Social Science—20 qtr. credits
  • Elementary Education courses—75 qtr. credits
    • Lower level core—15 qtr. credits
    • Professional core—60 qtr. credits
    • 7 courses with Field Experience; each contain 15 hours of field experience, or about 2.5 hours per week.
  • Elective courses—25 qtr. Credits
  • 10 credits of Demonstration Teaching, 12 weeks (full-time)
  • 6-week courses (except Demonstration Teaching)


The Walden BS in Elementary Education program is designed for individuals who want to make a positive impact in elementary education, engage with children and families to promote healthy development and learning, and acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions of professional educators. Based on current research, the BS in Elementary Education program aligns with national professional standards and licensure requirements. Walden’s BS in Elementary Education program provides the tools, resources, and experiences that prepare candidates to be effective elementary educators.

Learning outcomes for graduates of the BS in Elementary Education program include deep knowledge of children’s development, motivation, and learning; commitment to professional practice; and skill in the areas of instruction, assessment, cultural responsiveness, technology, relationship-building, and collaboration. Throughout their program of study, teacher candidates also focus on designing integrated curriculum, the arts as an essential part of children’s education, literacy learning, and utilizing a wide array of evidence-based approaches and strategies to support the growth and learning of every child.

General Education (71 cr.)

See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000- or 4000-level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Elective Courses (25 cr.)

Teacher candidates can choose courses from any Walden undergraduate program to take as electives.

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