Whether you are a veteran teacher or new to the field, Walden’s MSEd program can help you become a more effective teacher and improve student outcomes.

Grounded in current theory, the MSEd program provides practical strategies that you can apply immediately in your classroom.

Our online MSEd program allows you to:

  • Choose from a range of specializations and pacing options to meet your needs.
  • Access presentations by national education experts through streaming media.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how to develop meaningful curriculum and policies.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 8, 2017

Duration: 24 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 15 credits

  • Adolescent Literacy and Learning

    In this specialization you will learn how to apply evidence-based instructional and assessment practices to support student literacy and learning across content areas.

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12)

    In this specialization you will learn how to design standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment that will help ensure all students learn and achieve at the highest levels possible.

    This specialization is also offered in an accelerated model.

  • Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades PreK–6) (Non-Licensure)

    This specialization prepares you to help students (Grades PreK–6) develop the 21st-century literacy skills required for college and career readiness by achieving the English Language Arts goals outlined in the Common Core State Standards, National Board Standards, and other state standards.

    This specialization is also offered in an accelerated model.

  • Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6) (Non-Licensure)

    In this specialization, you can explore strategies to help you become more effective in delivering reading and mathematics instruction that is aligned with Common Core State Standards.

    This specialization is also offered in an accelerated model.

  • Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K–12)

    Based on the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Integrating Technology in the Classroom is a leading-edge specialization that allows teachers to model various technologies that engage and motivate all learners.

    This specialization is also offered in an accelerated model.

  • Reading and Literacy with a Reading K–12 Endorsement

    Through an exploration of reading research, theories, and practices, you will gain an understanding of how to diagnose reading difficulties with various assessments and plan effective reading and writing instruction for all students.

  • Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Grades K–12)

    Walden’s MS in Education with a Special Education specialization 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.

    This specialization is also offered in an accelerated model.

  • Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K–12) (Non-Licensure)

    Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) offers you the opportunity to explore strategies that can help you meet the unique needs of ELL students in your classroom.

  • STEM Education (Grades K–8)

    In this specialization, you can gain the skills and knowledge to lead and improve STEM curriculum in K–8 classrooms and help diverse student populations build the educational foundation for future STEM-related careers.

  • Mathematics (Grades K–6)

    Explore new strategies and techniques for introducing students to the mathematical skills and concepts they will need in high school, college, and beyond, including measurement, data, geometric thinking, understanding rational numbers, and proportional reasoning.

  • Mathematics (Grades 5–8)

    In this specialization, you will examine key topics taught in middle school mathematics programs, including number systems and operations; geometric thinking and measurement; functions and equations; and data, probability, and statistical reasoning.

  • Mathematics and Science (Grades K–8)

    Designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to advance their own knowledge of science and mathematics (as part of the STEM core) subjects, this specialization provides strategies and a framework for ensuring that your students gain a strong foundation in mathematics and science as defined by the Common Core State Standards.

  • Science (Grades K–8)

    This newly enhanced specialization in Science blends content with pedagogy so you can learn science in the same way you will teach the subject matter in the classroom—through inquiry-based learning that promotes hands-on and exciting educational experiences.

  • Educational Leadership and Administration (International Non-Licensure)

    This specialization will teach you how to lead curriculum initiatives and improve instructional effectiveness as you develop an individual learning plan that will help you set your goals as a school administrator.

  • Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation)

    For educators who want to become a principal or administrator at the master’s level, Walden’s online MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) is designed to develop the management, leadership, and advanced instructional skills you need to become an educational leader.

  • Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12)

    This specialization is ideal for the classroom teacher who is passionate about making a difference in education. Discover how you can build upon your existing expertise with dynamic skills that can help address such key challenges as parent involvement and student achievement.

    This specialization is also offered in an accelerated model.

  • Self-Designed

    Customize your degree program to your personal and professional goals, choose courses across multiple content areas, and expand your knowledge and teaching skills to better meet the diverse needs of your school and students.

    This specialization is also offered in an accelerated model and can be completed in 12 months for less than $10,000.

Learning Options for Your Needs

Walden’s accelerated model is a fully online, instructor-led format providing the same focus on enhancing teacher effectiveness as our non-accelerated online program. Earn your degree in as few as 12 months, for as low as $10,000.*

Specializations available in the accelerated model include:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12)
  • Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades P–6) (Non-Licensure)
  • Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6) (Non-Licensure)
  • Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K–12)
  • Special Education (Grades K–12) (Non-Licensure)
  • Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12)


Learning Outcomes

Walden’s MSEd program is designed for educators, by educators. In this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Enhance the effectiveness of schools by developing curriculum and policies that take into consideration the community, families, and other key stakeholders.
  • Recognize the diverse needs, interests, skills, and backgrounds of students in order to maximize their ability to learn.
  • Develop an understanding of how various academic subjects are organized and how they apply to everyday life.

*Based on tuition rates as of October 2015. Rates are subject to change. The accelerated model is available for new students only. While the MSEd accelerated model is designed to be completed in 12 months, time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


More about our MSEd program

  • Career Options

    An MS in Education degree will allow you to further your experience as a specialized teacher, or in positions such as:*

    • Corporate trainer or administrator
    • Higher education professor
    • Education consultant
    • Director of a child care program
    • Education policy director

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MSEd program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the MSEd program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

  • Accreditations

    NCATEThe Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.

Why earn your MSEd at Walden?

  • Learn With Leaders

    Walden is the choice for more than 100 state teachers of the year.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Relevant Curriculum

    Coursework is based on the latest research and current best practices.

Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. As a recognized standard of excellence in professional education for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other P–12 school professionals, NCATE accreditation ensures that the institution has met rigorous national standards set by the profession and members of the public. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to www.waldenu.edu/edulicensure.

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Note to all Washington residents: This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.



“Thanks to my Walden education, I am an effective administrator who enjoys facilitating professional development."

Abigail Enz-Doerschner | MSEd Graduate