MS in Education (MSEd)

A learning style that fits your life.

CAEP Accredited ProviderWhy choose Walden’s online MS in Education program?

  • Choose from three degree completion options to fit your life and career.

  • Complete your degree in as little as 12 months with our accelerated learning track.*

  • Earn your degree for as little as $9,000.

  • Choose from among multiple specializations for K–8 and K–12 teachers and aspiring principals.

  • Join a robust educator community, including more than 150 state teachers of the year.

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Next Start Date: January 8, 2024

Transfer Credits: Up to 15 credits

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

This specialization is also offered in an accelerated model.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this specialization, you’ll learn research-backed techniques for teaching your elementary students fundamental critical literacy, mathematical, and STEM skills.


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.

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)

The MSED One-Credit track is Walden’s newest option for earning your master’s in education. Learning occurs in focused, one-credit courses offered in a stimulating online classroom environment. Each one-credit course lasts four weeks, and each semester includes 4 four-week sessions. Take one to three courses per four-week session. All course materials and resources are included within the classroom—there are no additional textbooks or materials to purchase.

With the MSED One-Credit, you decide your course load and completion time. Choose one of three completion options:

  • 12 months (3 semesters, 10 courses/credits per semester)
  • 16 months (4 semesters, 8 courses/credits per semester)
  • 20 months (5 semesters, 6 courses/credits per semester)

You will pay one tuition price per semester, providing you control over your total tuition costs.

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.

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More about our MSEd program

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

Program Admission Considerations: All specializations require a bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping you identify and leverage opportunities to save money on your education. Get in touch with an Enrollment Specialist today at 888-968-5331 to learn more.
Our Enrollment Specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

Why earn your MSEd at Walden?

Jennifer Leach

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

Abigail Enz-Doerschner | MSEd Graduate

*The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, contact an enrollment specialist.

Total tuition cost depends on the MS in Education program track chosen, and transfer of credit, if applicable. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

The MSEd One-Credit track is available for new students only. While the MSEd One-Credit 12-month, 16-month, or 20-month option is designed to be completed in 12, 16, or 20 months, time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment specialist at 8552035779.

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

Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the MS in Education (MSEd) Program: Washington.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification

The only MS in Education specialization offered by Walden that is state-approved as leading to any educational license or certification is the MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation), which has been approved in Ohio for leading to Building Level Principal Licensure (grades P–6, grades 4–9, and grades 5–12). No other MS in Education specialization will 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.

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


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.