2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BS in Elementary Education

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Walden’s BS in Elementary Education program prepares educational professionals for teaching certification, which is required in most public school systems in the United States. This program incorporates strategies proven to help educators develop confidence and succeed in today’s diverse classroom environments.

Through their coursework, education professionals explore the integration of technology in the classroom, building family partnerships, collaboration, and literacy. Educators also have the opportunity to apply best practices through in-person 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.

Note on Licensure

Walden University is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board to offer the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education that leads to a Minnesota Tier 3 license in elementary education (K–6). As part of the program and licensing requirements, candidates must pass the required exams for Minnesota licensure adopted by the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board, undergo a Minnesota background check, and complete any other Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board requirements beyond completion of Walden’s state-approved teacher preparation program.

Individuals interested in pursuing teacher licensure in states other than Minnesota may qualify for a comparable license by virtue of completing the Walden Minnesota-approved teacher preparation program; however, individuals must review their state’s teacher licensing regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. Prospective students seeking to be licensed in states other than Minnesota 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.

Individuals enrolling internationally must be supervised by a teacher with a valid U.S. state teaching license, in a school that follows a U.S.-based curriculum at the appropriate grade level for the license. Prospective students must check that the program is accepted for teaching credential in the state they intend to apply for licensure.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide general information on state licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all licensure requirements in the state they wish to teach. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

Program Data

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