2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    
    May 20, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022)

Accelerated Special Education (Non-Licensure*) (Grades K–12) - MS in Education


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This specialization offers a path to continuing professional achievement. Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Special Education (Non-Licensure*) (Grades K-12) synthesizes the most current research in the arenas of neuroscience, assessment, and scientifically based interventions so that you can determine best practices for student learning.

*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

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.