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Make a positive impact on student achievement with an online master’s in education from Walden.

Walden University's Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is accredited by CAEP, the only recognized accreditor for educator preparation providers. Our MS in Education (MSEd) program prepares you to transform student learning—and your career. Join our vibrant community of over 65,000 students and alumni.

A Degree on Your Terms

Choose from our traditional 20-month track, accelerated 12-month track, or our highly flexible One-Credit track.1

A MSED Within Your Reach

Affordable pricing to put your MSEd within reach. Earn your degree for as little as $9,000.2

Expert Educators

Our faculty are committed to teaching you new skills and techniques you can apply right away and supporting you as you progress through the program.

14 Specializations

Choose from up to 14 specializations to make a bigger impact in the classroom or as an administrator, director, counselor, or specialist.

Program Savings

Receive your first course at no cost if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on March 8, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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With a degree from Walden University, you can make a greater difference

Meet Desmond, an education specialist who is dedicated to helping young people grow and learn. Hear about his experience growing up in a neighborhood with few options, and how he uses his Master’s in Education from Walden to create social change, every day.

Find the Option That Fits Your Life, Career, and Learning Style

MSEd Traditional: If you’re more comfortable with structured learning, a predictable course load, and a fixed schedule, consider our 20-month traditional MSEd track. The manageable workload is perfect for busy professionals who have a limited amount of weekly time to devote to their studies.

MSEd Accelerated: If you’re a highly motivated educator who wants to fast-track your learning, the MSEd Accelerated track is for you. You can gain all the skills and valuable insights found in the traditional MSEd track and earn your degree in just 12 months.3

MSEd One-Credit: If you’re looking for an innovative, intensive learning experience that offers a set semester-based tuition schedule, the MSEd One-Credit format is a great fit for you. Walden’s MSEd One-Credit Elementary Education format is driven by a classroom teacher-focused curriculum offered in three completion options: 12 months, 16 months, or 20 months.4


Curriculum Instruction and Assessment

In this specialization, you’ll learn to respond effectively to your students’ diverse learning needs.

Traditional Accelerated

Educational Leadership Administration

This specialization provides the legal, financial, data, and personnel management knowledge needed to meet the daily challenges of school administration as well as the instructional leadership skills required to improve student outcomes.

Educational Leadership Administration (International Non-Licensure)

Discover 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.

Elementary Reading and Literacy

In this MS in Education specialization, you will examine current research and practical strategies that can help you increase the achievement of all students.

Traditional Accelerated

Elementary Reading and Mathematics

Explore strategies to help you become more effective in delivering reading and mathematics instruction aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Traditional Accelerated

Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Based on International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, this specialization encourages you to employ technologies that engage and motivate all learners.

Traditional Accelerated

Mathematics (5-8)

In this specialization, you can expand your own mathematical expertise to develop more effective mathematics teaching practices.

Mathematics and Science (K-8)

Help prepare young students in developing the analytical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills they need to succeed in college and in their careers with an MS in Education with a specialization in Mathematics and Science (Grades K–8).

Mathematics (K-6)

Designed for elementary school math teachers, this specialization can help you develop more effective mathematics teaching practices so you can excite young learners.

MSED One-Credit Elementary Education (Non-Licensure)

Learn data-driven and research-backed techniques for teaching your elementary students fundamental skills.

Science (Grades K–8)

Blending of 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


Customize your online degree program with the courses that best prepare you to achieve your professional goals.

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

Gain leadership skills to support and sustain effective practices for students with exceptionalities.

Traditional Accelerated

STEM Education (K-8)

The STEM Education specialization prepares certified educators to more effectively teach, engage, and inspire students in the STEM fields.

Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12)

Build upon your existing expertise with dynamic skills that can help address such key challenges as parent involvement and student achievement.

Traditional Accelerated

Become the Empowered Educator You Know You Can Be

At Walden, we know great teaching. And when you choose us, you will be empowered to become a great teacher. Our MS in Education will prepare you with the teaching strategies and educational expertise you need to become a highly effective educator, focused on student success, whether you want to refine your teaching practice, lead other educators, or become a specialist in an area you’re passionate about.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of our online master’s in education program, you will be prepared to:

  • 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.

What's the Career Impact of Earning an MSEd?

A master’s in education can propel your career to the next level while helping you build the skills and knowledge that will make you more confident, effective, and innovative in the classroom. If you have a passion for teaching and want to unlock your true potential, an MSEd from Walden can prepare you to be the best educator you can be.

Our MSEd program can prepare you for career options such as:

  • Assistant principal
  • Teacher leader
  • Instructional designer
  • Education coordinator
  • Training specialist
  • Curriculum manager
  • School principal
  • Training coordinator
  • Registrar
  • Superintendent
  • Learning specialist
  • Dean of students
  • Instructional coach
  • Special education director

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

Find information about Walden programs and licensure requirements specific to your state.


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