Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, which was identified by U.S. News & World Report as having the largest online graduate program in education by enrollment (May 2010), is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the standard of excellence for preparing high-quality preK–12 education professionals. NCATE accreditation indicates that the college has met rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public. Dedicated to improving educator effectiveness, the college seeks to foster a dynamic and diverse network of educators who positively impact student achievement.

Out of more than 110 online master’s degree programs in education, Walden’s programs were selected by the NEA Academy to offer our members high-quality professional development opportunities at a valuable savings.

Programs in the Riley College of Education and Leadership connect students with nationally recognized education experts, researchers, and scholars. Students gain access to leading technologies, including electronic portfolios, podcasts, and MobileLearnSM, as well as Virtual Field Experience (VFE®), which offers students the chance to learn from master educators firsthand via DVD.

Some of Walden’s nationally recognized programs include:

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association; http://www.ncahlc.org

There are six start dates for semester-based programs: January, March, May, June, September, and November.

NEA Member Benefits
Through Walden’s partnership with the NEA Academy, NEA members enrolling as new students may be eligible for:

  • Full-tuition scholarships for students enrolling in certain programs.*†
  • A 10% tuition reduction.*†‡
  • A $50 waiver of application fee.

*Tuition reduction is available to new Walden University students only. Not valid for Tennessee residents.
†A 10% tuition reduction is available to new students.
‡Only one tuition-reduction benefit may be applied to tuition. If a scholarship is awarded, the NEA member is not eligible for the additional 10% member tuition-reduction benefit.

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.

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.

Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6320 or prof.educ@k12.wa.us to determine whether Walden’s programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

NEW: Research Finds That Master’s Degrees Make a Difference in Student Performance

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University is pleased to announce new research findings. A recent independent study of elementary educators in a large public school district in suburban Georgia confirms that master’s degrees are associated with improved student performance.

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