Aug 15, 2022
Walden’s Minnesota state-approved* special education endorsement programs with an optional M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) with a specialization in Special Education are designed to prepare participants who already have current teacher certification in their home states to become K–12 classroom special education teachers of children and adolescents with learning disabilities or emotional/behavioral disorders. The programs provide participants with the knowledge, skills, clinical practice, and attitudes of exemplary educators who work in diverse settings. The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is committed to individuals who seek to become skilled classroom teachers and to provide them developmentally appropriate, student-centered learning experiences.
- Special Education Endorsement Program in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (K–12)
- Special Education Endorsement Program in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (K–12) with an M.S.Ed. with a specialization in Special Education
- Special Education Endorsement Program in Learning Disabilities (K–12)
- Special Education Endorsement Program in Learning Disabilities (K–12) with an M.S.Ed. with a specialization in Special Education
- 21 semester credit hours; 33 semester credit hours with the M.S.Ed. degree with a specialization in Special Education option
- Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
- Specialization course (3 sem. cr.)
- Field experience: 43 hours of classroom-based and virtual experiences in conjunction with coursework; 6 weeks of full-time placement in an elementary or secondary school setting for clinical practicum (3 sem. cr.)
- Optional M.S.Ed. with a specialization in Special Education courses (12 sem. cr.)
- Completion and review of ePortfolio
- Minimum 2 semesters enrollment; minimum 4 semesters enrollment with the M.S.Ed. with a specialization in Special Education option
The special education endorsement programs with an optional Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) with a specialization in Special Education are accelerated, intensive programs with coursework offered online coupled with concurrent supervised field experiences in appropriate school sites.
Courses are sequential and follow a prescribed progression with completion expected in consecutive semesters for special education endorsement, two for participants seeking endorsement only, and four for those seeking endorsement with the M.S.Ed with a specialization in Special Education option. Core courses are 5 weeks in length, and the clinical practicum course is 6 weeks in length. Program participants take three courses in the first semester and four courses in the second semester (for a total of 21 credits). Courses are taken one at a time, with the exception of the second semester when there is overlap with the clinical practicum and the last required course, a course focused on classroom pedagogy in the environment where the clinical practicum takes place.
Students pursuing the M.S.Ed. with a specialization in Special Education option take four consecutive 8-week courses in the third and fourth semesters (for a total of 33 semester credit hours). This innovative model is based on research that indicates that adult learners benefit from accelerated models of education with enrollment in only one course at a time.
Core Courses (15 sem. cr.)
Optional M.S. in Education with a Specialization in Special Education Courses (12 sem. cr.)
Emotional/Behavioral Disorders Program (K–12) (6 sem. cr.)
Learning Disabilities Program (K–12) (6 sem. cr.)
||EDUC 6691 Foundations of Special Education
EDUC 6692 Individualizing Education for Learners With Disabilities
EDUC 6693 Current Issues in Assessment and Intervention
||EDUC 6694 Reading and Writing Instruction for Learners With Exceptionalities
EDUC 6695 Planning Positive Behavior Support Strategies
EDUC 6696 Instructional Strategies for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders OR EDUC 6697 Instructional Strategies for Students With Learning Disabilities
EDUC 6700 Clinical Practicum: Special Education, Learning Disabilities OR EDUC 6701 Clinical Practicum: Special Education, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
||Optional M.S.Ed. with a specialization in Special Education Courses
EDUC 6640 Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
EDUC 6733 Action Research for Educators
||EDUC 6650 Enhancing Learning Through Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
EDUC 6657 Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment
Note: The Special Education Endorsement Program with an optional M.S. in Education with a specialization in Special Education (M.S.Ed.) does not offer any courses during the summer that have field experience or clinical practicum teaching requirements. Semester 3 courses may take place in the summer in semesters between 1 and 2 or following 2.
Walden University requires that all participants in its special education endorsement programs review the Candidate Guidebook and the Field Experience and Clinical Practicum Handbook to help them understand the guidelines and requirements of the program, including transition points, state endorsement, and field experiences.
Participants can access the Candidate Guidebook and the Field Experience and Clinical Practicum Handbook from their myWalden university portal. Participants enrolled in any of the special education endorsement programs should refer to the Candidate Guidebook for complete information on the programs and the policies and procedures related to them. Candidates should refer to the Field Experience and Clinical Practicum Handbook for detailed information regarding the field experience requirements in the program.
*Note on Licensure
The Minnesota Department of Education grants teaching endorsements, not Walden University. Walden University is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer endorsement programs that lead to Minnesota endorsement in special education (K–12 learning disabilities or K–12 emotional/behavioral disorders). Candidates for endorsement must successfully complete one of Walden University’s state-approved endorsement programs, which may make them eligible for the Minnesota teaching endorsement in the teaching area of the program completed. Before Walden can recommend a candidate for endorsement to the Minnesota Department of Education, he or she must also pass the required licensure exam adopted by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and complete any other Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements beyond completion of Walden’s state-approved special education endorsement program.
For individuals seeking a comparable teaching endorsement in a state other than Minnesota, Walden’s advisors can provide individuals with guidelines and other information about endorsements. It remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with the out-of-state endorsement requirements for the state in which he or she seeks to be endorsed, as requirements vary state by state. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of any program or coursework will permit them to obtain license endorsements in their home state.
In all states, there are policies regarding out-of-state procedures that must be followed when someone is eligible for or has received an endorsement through an out-of-state institution with a state-approved program, such as the Minnesota Board of Teaching-approved programs at Walden University. Some states require that an individual actually obtain the out-of-state endorsement first; other states do not require the actual endorsement, just completion of a state-approved program. For individuals who must first obtain the Minnesota endorsement, their current teaching license must be deemed equivalent to a Minnesota license before the Minnesota endorsement will be granted.
For more information, please contact your Walden University enrollment advisor who can provide information on endorsement requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand and comply with the most up-to-date endorsement information for your state.
Note to all Pennsylvania residents: Walden University’s teacher preparation program and special education endorsement programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as leading to licensure and endorsement, respectively. Because these programs are not reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, candidates are instructed to apply for Pennsylvania certification as out-of-state graduates of a teacher preparation program.