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MS in Education - Self-Designed

The online Master of Science in Education with a Self-Designed specialization program at Walden University allows students to design a degree that suits their personal, professional, and education goals. Learn more about Walden University's program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Education with a Self-Designed specialization

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Walden University's online Master of Science in Education with a Self-Designed specialization program must be self-disciplined and know what direction they want to take their education and career. Students should be educators or have a desire to work within the field. They must also hold a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA or have a 3.0 GPA in master's degree coursework. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

This self-designed MS in Education program gives students the flexibility to mold their curriculum to fit the needs of their professional and academic goals. Students can choose from a variety of master's- level education courses emphasizing areas like elementary reading, curriculum and instruction, social entrepreneurship, and 5th-8th grade mathematics. Learners can also choose elective courses to learn more in their area of interest or add another area of study to their degree. The list of approved electives may explore subjects like assessment for student learning, reading and literacy growth, bridging learning and technology, the nature of science, and special education. This program does not lead to licensure or certification.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Education with a Self-Designed Specialization:

Students enrolled in the online Master of Education with a Self-Designed specialization program at Walden choose an area of emphasis and complete three courses in that area. Students are also asked to complete nine credits in core courses and choose four elective courses from an approved list of MS in Education courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • Teacher as Professional
  • Action Research for Educators
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations
    • Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations (Accelerating)

Areas of Emphasis (9 credits)

Students choose one area of emphasis from the following content areas:

  • Adolescent Literacy and Learning
    • Reading to Learn in the Content Areas, Grades 6-12
    • Adolescent Learners and The Digital Literacy Environment
  • Curriculum and Instruction K-12
    • Curriculum Design for Learning
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • Differentiated Instruction
      • Differentiated Instruction (Accelerating)
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • Habits of Mind: Thinking Skills to Promote Self-Directed Learning
      • Helping Students Become Self-Directed Learners (Accelerating)
  • Elementary Reading and Literacy PreK-6
    • Reading and Literacy Today
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • Reading and Literacy Growth Grades 4-6
      • Reading and Literacy Growth Grades 4-6 (Accelerating)
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • Literacy in Academically Diverse Classrooms
      • Literacy in Academically Diverse Classrooms (Accelerating)
  • Integrating Technology in the Classroom K-12
    • Understanding the Impact of Technology on Education, Work, and Society
    • Integrating Technology Across the Content Areas
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • New and Emerging Technologies
      • New and Emerging Technologies (Accelerating)
  • Mathematics K-6
    • Learning and Teaching Mathematics
    • Measurement, Data, and Geometric Thinking
    • Understanding Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning
  • Mathematics 5-8
    • Learning and Teaching Mathematics
    • Geometric Thinking and Measurement
    • Data, Probability, and Statistical Reasoning
  • Science K-8
    • The Nature of Science
    • Investigating the Living World
    • Exploring the Earth and Beyond
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A Global Perspective
    • Grant Writing
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • New and Emerging Technologies
      • Issues and Trends in the Early Childhood Field
  • Special Education K-12 (non-licensure)
    • Supporting Effective Evaluation and Assessment Practices
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • Creating Effective Behavior Intervention
      • Creating Effective Behavior Intervention (Accelerating)
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • Implementing Literacy-Based Instructional Interventions
      • Implementing Literacy-Based Instructional Interventions (Accelerating)
  • Teacher Leadership K-12
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement
      • Teacher Leadership for Learning and Teaching (Accelerating)
    • Teacher Leadership: Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration With Colleagues
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities
      • Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities (Accelerating)
  • Teaching English Language Learners
    • Understanding the English Language Learner
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • Differentiated Instruction
      • Differentiated Instruction (Accelerated)
    • Assessment and the English-Language Learner

Elective Courses (12 credits)

  • Students choose four courses from the approved list of courses.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students with a Master of Science in Education with a Self-Designed specialization from Walden University may want to pursue a doctoral degree. Because this is a self-designed degree, graduates could go into several fields of doctoral study, including higher education, technology, and special education. Doctoral opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Education with a specialization in Higher Education and Adult Learning
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology and Design
  • Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration

Career Paths:

Graduates of Walden's Master of Science in Education with a Self-Designed specialization program could use the teaching, administrative, and technology skills they might've acquired in their degree program to pursue work in a plethora of settings, including schools, school districts, higher education, government agencies, and advocacy groups. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Dean of students
  • Superintendent
  • Learning specialist
  • Registrar
  • Training coordinator

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