2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Sep 17, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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. Apply current legal and ethical policies and culturally responsive practices to support high quality educational experiences for All students with exceptionalities.
  2. Apply data-informed decision making strategies and evidence-based practices—including assistive technology– to design, adapt, implement and assess learning experiences for All students with exceptionalities.
  3. Apply evidence-based evaluation and assessment practices to monitor student achievement, guide data-informed instructional planning and transition services, and promote continuous improvement for All students with exceptionalities.
  4. Demonstrate leadership skills necessary to collaborate with multiple stakeholders to improve instructional programs (e.g., core subjects, literacy, behavioral, social) for All students at the school and systems levels.

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 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.