2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    
    Dec 06, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education (12-Month Option, Non-Licensure*) - MS in Education


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Educators have the opportunity to study data-driven and research-backed techniques for building fundamental skills in their elementary-aged students in this 30-semester-credit specialization. Content focuses on developing critical literacy, mathematical, and STEM skills in students to enable them to develop critical thinking skills and tackle everyday challenges. Emphasis on practical strategies includes the following:

  • Implementing research-based practices in key areas of reading instruction.
  • Employing technology to promote higher levels of engagement and learning.
  • Adopting data-driven practices to identify areas of need, monitor student progress, and inform instruction.
  • Applying proven strategies to ensure students learn critical math content and skills.
  • Improving students’ analytical and problem-solving skills.

Each course is 4 weeks in length, and students take up to three courses at once.

 

*The MS in Education with a specialization in Elementary Education (12-Month Option, Non-Licensure) does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. 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.

Learning Outcomes


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

  1. Apply research- based instructional practices to help students in grades PK-6 achieve Common Core State Standards and other state standards.
  2. Evaluate reading and literacy development of all students in grades PK-6 including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners.
  3. Apply literacy assessment data appropriately to inform reading and literacy instruction in grades PK-6.
  4. Utilize a variety of manipulative materials and emerging technological resources in the grades K-6 classroom to incorporate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)Process Standards and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice into teaching and learning.
  5. Apply strategies to help students in grades K-6 diagnose misconceptions, solve problems successfully, and develop mathematical habits of mind.
  6. Engage students successfully in developmentally appropriate inquiries that require them to develop concepts and relationships from their observations, data, and inferences in a scientific manner.

Degree Requirements


  • 30 total semester credits
  • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (6 sem. cr.)
  • Elective courses (9 sem. cr.)

Specialization Curriculum


Course Sequence**


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
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**While the MS in Education 1-credit, 12-month option is designed to be completed in 12 months, time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment specialist at 1-866-492-5336.

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.