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Explore our MS in Education Elementary Reading and Literacy (P–6; Non-Licensure) specialization

Prepare to help students (Grades P–6) develop the 21st-century literacy skills required for college and career readiness. These skills are aligned with the English Language Arts goals outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, International Literacy Association standards, and other state standards.

In this MS in Education specialization, you will examine current research and practical strategies that can help you increase the achievement of all students. This includes linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners. Coursework explores teaching digital literacy, managing classroom literacy programs, and effectively engaging students to promote lifelong literacy.

This specialization is offered in both the traditional program and accelerated option.

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Learning Tracks

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.2

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.1


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for this master’s program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, teaching experience, and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply.

More information for international applicants.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Apply research-based instructional practices to help students in Grades PK–6 achieve Common Core State Standards and other state standards.
  • Evaluate reading and literacy development of all students in Grades PK–6 including linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners.
  • Apply literacy assessment data appropriately to inform reading and literacy instruction in Grades PK–6.



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