2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    May 26, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adolescent Literacy and Learning (Non-Licensure*) - MS in Education

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This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.



Given the importance of literacy for future success in school and in life, education professionals need the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to help adolescent learners meet the literacy challenges in grades 6–12. This specialization prepares educators to effectively foster content area literacy and learning, promote disciplinary literacy, support new literacies and the use of digital technologies, and maximize the potential of all students to be ready for college and career. Coursework focuses on the application of research-based instructional and assessment practices to help all adolescent learners achieve the literacy goals of the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. Education professionals explore the nature of literacy and learning for adolescents and apply evidence-based practices to promote adolescent students’ reading, writing, listening, speaking, and learning.

*Walden University’s MS in Education program with a specialization in Adolescent Literacy and Learning (Non-Licensure) does not lead to certification or licensure in adolescent literacy and learning. 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 literacy and learning teacher.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply research-based instructional practices to help students in Grades 6–12 achieve Common Core State Standards and other state standards.
  2. Evaluate reading and literacy development of all students in Grades 6–12 including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners.
  3. Apply literacy assessment data appropriately to inform reading and literacy instruction in Grades 6–12.

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.