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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.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to demonstrate skills in the following areas:
- Knowledge and Skills—Demonstrate content knowledge, skills, and pedagogy appropriate to elementary education.
- Professional Practice—Demonstrate the skills and dispositions of a professional educator.
- 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.
- Assessment—Use data to assess student growth to make informed instructional decisions that build on the strengths and meet the needs of individual children.
- Cultural Responsiveness—Practice cultural responsiveness to build positive trusting relationships with children, families, and colleagues and to create supportive learning environments for all.
- Technology—Use technology appropriately, resourcefully, and innovatively to personalize and improve teaching and learning.
- 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.
- 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)
**Note: In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, candidates must have access to technology (i.e., scanner or camera) that allows them to electronically submit signed documents verifying their field experience hours.
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.
Elementary Education Courses (75 cr.)
Elective Courses (25 cr.)
Teacher candidates can choose courses from any Walden undergraduate program to take as electives.
Demonstration Teaching (10 cr.)
Note on Licensure
Walden University is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board to offer a program leading to initial licensure in Elementary Education. Candidates are responsible for completing any other Minnesota requirements beyond Walden’s state-approved program.
Individuals interested in an elementary education license 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 their state. Graduates in some states will be eligible for licensure based on completion of a state-approved program, where they can apply directly to their state educator board (“direct apply”). Other states have a separate application and process for someone completing an out-of-state approved preparation program (“license-in-hand pathway”), where in order for a graduate to be eligible for licensure or certification, he/she must first obtain a license in an approved state (Minnesota) prior to applying for licensure in his/her state of residence.
Prospective students must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program to be eligible to apply directly to their state board, (2) if they need to obtain a license from the state where the program has been approved (Minnesota) prior to applying in the state they reside, and (3) any additional requirements the student will need to complete prior to their state granting the license. Students residing in Minnesota are eligible to apply directly to their state board, as Walden’s BS in Elementary Education is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.
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.
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.
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