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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences:
MS in Education (Quarter)

MS in Education

For students beginning their program February 26, 2024 or later.


“Walden has truly opened my eyes to so many different teaching methods. Thanks to the strategies I learned at Walden, I’ve experienced a shift from “lecturer” to more of a student-driven, partnership approach in my classroom. And my students are  absolutely blossoming because of it.”

Deborah Fogg, MSEd Graduate2009 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year

Walden’s fully online MS in Education program centers on the strategies that are intended to lead to greater student achievement and teacher success. The program’s specializations teach advanced skills that are designed to improve student learning. Each specialization area encourages educators to put their new skills to the test in actual classroom and school settings and to continually challenge the results of teaching and learning.

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, Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Program), which has been approved in Ohio for leading to Building Level Principal Licensure (grades preK–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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply pedagogical and discipline specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support the learning and development of P – 12 students.
  • Design learning experiences that incorporate students’ strengths by building on prior background and addressing the learning needs of a diverse student population.
  • Use data-informed practices to design, implement, and assess differentiated instruction within and across disciplines to promote student learning, critical thinking, and real-world application of knowledge and skills in technology-rich environments.
  • Apply data-informed assessments to monitor student achievement, guide instructional planning, and ensure continuous improvement.
  • Collaborate with families, communities, and other professionals to promote positive social change.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see each specialization page for more details.

Classroom access is strongly recommended for students enrolled in this master’s degree program. Educators who do not have such access must find a student or group of students to work with when asked to apply their new knowledge and reflect on the results. Students without classroom access will not be given alternative assignments.


The MS in Education program is offered on a quarter system. Each specialization has a planned sequence of courses.