2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Jul 21, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Reading and Literacy (Non-Licensure*) (P–6) - MS in Education


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This 30-semester-credit specialization addresses the technology-oriented literacy landscape of the 21st century and provides teachers with the latest research and practical strategies to increase the achievement of all their students, including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners. Based on International Reading Association standards, this specialization provides the knowledge and skills teachers need to confidently manage their classroom literacy programs and to effectively address the complexities of teaching reading and writing in today’s classroom.

Each course is 8 weeks in length, and there are two consecutive courses per semester. The specialization is offered in a prescribed online sequence.

*Walden University’s MS in Education program with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy (Non-Licensure) (P–6) does not lead to certification or licensure in elementary reading and literacy. 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 an elementary reading teacher.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Apply research-based instructional practices to help students in Grades PK–6 achieve Common Core State Standards and other state standards.
  2. Evaluate reading and literacy development of all students in Grades PK–6 including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners.
  3. Apply literacy assessment data appropriately to inform reading and literacy instruction in Grades PK–6.

Degree Requirements


  • 30 total semester credits
  • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 5 semesters enrollment

Specialization Curriculum


Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification


This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.