2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Apr 23, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education (K–Age 21) - Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


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Note on Licensure

For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, elementary education, and P–12 principal licensure (EdS).

Prospective students seeking licensure 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. Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

Curriculum (46 sem. cr.)


Guidebook


Walden University requires that all candidates in its teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) review the Candidate Guidebook and Field Experience and Demonstration Teaching Handbook to help them understand the guidelines and requirements of the program, including transition points and field experiences.

Candidates can access the Candidate Guidebook and Field Experience and Demonstration Teaching Handbook in their ePortfolio. Candidates enrolled in the teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) should refer to the Candidate Guidebook for complete information on the programs and related policies and procedures related to them. Candidates should refer to the Field Experience and Demonstration Teaching Handbook for detailed information regarding the field experience requirements in the program.

Note on Licensure


Walden University is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board to offer the Master of Arts in Teaching which leads to Minnesota Tier 3 license in Special Education: Academic and Behavioral Strategist. 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 a special education licensure in states other than Minnesota may qualify by virtue of completing a state-approved teacher preparation program; however, individuals must review their state’s regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. The standards for an academic and behavioral strategist cover a wide spectrum of disabilities including, autism spectrum disorders, developmental cognitive disability, emotional or behavioral disorders, other health disorders, and specific learning disabilities; at the mild/moderate level. Other states may refer to this as a cross-categorical, generalist, or mild/moderate license.

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