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New Students: The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

Doctoral and Specialist Programs

Students who started their EdD program August 2015 or later run on a quarter calendar and will have different program requirements than those who started before August 2015. Please ensure you are referring to the correct questions for your program.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses?

Your course sequenced is outlined for you on your Degree Audit and the POS. Should you have any questions about possible adjustments to your sequence, please contact your Student Success Advisor. Please know that many courses have prerequisites associated with them so a petition to request to alter the course sequence may not be approved.

How many courses do I take each quarter?

You are automatically registered for two courses each quarter. If you need to drop the second course, please email your Student Success Advisor.

NoteIf you are using financial aid to pay for your program please contact the Financial Aid (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) to learn about how adjusting your course load for a term will impact your aid eligibility.

Do I find my own doctoral study committee?

In your Research and Practice Course (the specific course number varies by specialization), you will complete a committee assignment form and from this form program leadership will assign your committee.

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

You should refer to your state’s department of education website for more information. You may also contact educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu for more information regarding your program and licensure.

How long are my courses?

Your courses are all 11 weeks in length.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

You are able to change your specialization by emailing your Student Success Advisor for assistance. Student Success Advising recommends making any specialization changes prior to starting your spec courses as they may not transfer between specializations.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

You will be automatically registered for your courses each quarter by our Registrar’s Office provided you do not have any holds on your account that may prevent registration. If you are not registered at least 4 weeks prior to the next term start and you do not have a hold on your account, please contact Student Success Advising for assistance in getting registered.

My Degree Audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

When a Degree Audit says that a course is unavailable it means that course is currently not available for online registration. It does not necessarily mean that registration for that course is not possible. If a course shows as unavailable in the Degree Audit, please send a request to Student Success Advising who can verify the availability of the course and process your request if the course is available.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There are two honor societies for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. For more information about these societies please visit the Student Organizations website.

Can I change to the EdS program?

Yes, you can change to the EdS program by contacting your Student Success Advisor.

Students who started their EdS program before August 2015 run on a semester calendar and will have different program requirements than those who started August 2015 or later. Please ensure you are referring to the correct questions for your program.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

Your course sequenced is outlined for you on your Degree Audit and the program of study (POS) you received when you were admitted. Should you have any questions about possible adjustments to your course sequence, please contact your Student Success Advisor. Please know that many courses have prerequisites associated with them, so a petition to request to alter sequence may not be approved.

How many courses do I take each quarter?

You are automatically registered for two courses each quarter. If you need to drop the second course, please email your Student Success Advisor.

NoteIf you are using financial aid to pay for your program please contact the Financial Aid (finaid@waldenu.edu) to learn about how adjusting your course load for a term will impact your aid eligibility.

How long are my courses?

Your course will be 11 weeks in length.

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

You should refer to your state’s department of education website for more information. You can also contact educlicensure@waldenu.edu for more information regarding your program and licensure.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

You are able to change your specialization by emailing your Student Success Advisor for assistance. Student Success Advising recommends making any specialization changes prior to starting your spec courses as they may not transfer between specializations.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

You will be automatically registered for your courses each quarter by our Registrar’s Office provided you do not have any holds on your account that may prevent registration. If you are not registered at least 4 weeks prior to the next term start, and you do not have a hold on your account, please contact Student Success Advising for assistance in getting registered.

My Degree Audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

When a Degree Audit says that a course is unavailable, it means that course is currently not available for online registration. It does not necessarily mean that registration for that course is not possible. If a course shows as unavailable in the Degree Audit, please send a request to Student Success Advising who can verify the availability of the course and process your request if the course is available.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There are two honor societies for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. For more information about these societies, please visit the Student Organizations website.

Can I change to the EdD program?

Yes, you can change to the EdD program by contacting your Student Success Advisor.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

You should follow your Degree Audit for your program course sequence, from top to bottom. Should you have any questions about possible adjustments to your sequence, please contact your Student Success Advisor. Please know that many courses have prerequisites associated with them, so requests to alter sequence may not be possible.

You will not follow the sequence outlined in the Program of Study you received from admissions; this document lists courses by type and not sequence.

Students in the course-based program will take the core and foundational courses before starting their specialization courses. Students in the mixed-model program will take their core and foundational before writing their KAMs.

Students must have their prospectus approved and their dissertation committee approved before being able to take their advanced research course.

Note: If you are in the Educational Technology or Leadership, Instruction, and Innovation specializations you will have specialization courses mixed in with your core and foundational courses.

How many courses do I take each quarter?

Course-based Programs

  • Course-based students are advised to take two courses per quarter. Students may drop to one class at a time and should speak to their advisor. Once at the specialization course stage, students will also be registered for a 0-credit, 0-tuition fee EDUC 8900: Dissertation Companion course along with another credit-bearing course.
  • When at dissertation stage the course-based students will take EDUC 9001: Dissertation to complete their dissertation.

Mixed Model Program

  • Students in the mixed-model programs should take two of their core/foundation courses in addition to their EDUC 8800: Research Forum course. Once mixed-model students complete their core and foundation courses, they will only be registered for EDUC 8800: Research Forum with their KAM Mentor.
  • Mixed-Model students will take EDUC 9002: Research Forum once all KAMs, advanced research courses, and core/foundation courses have been completed, and they are working solely on their dissertation.

Do I find my own dissertation committee?

Course-based students are assigned a mentor for EDUC 8900: Dissertation Companion by their program coordinator. This mentor can become your dissertation chairperson, but you will have to complete the official dissertation committee nomination process in order to nominate this faculty member to a specific role on your dissertation committee. You will also locate the member of your committee who will serve as the methodologist.

A mixed-model student’s KAM mentor in EDUC 8800 often becomes their dissertation chairperson, but you will still need to complete the official nomination process to have your mentor become your committee member.

Please visit the Center for Research Quality’s Ph.D. Dissertation Process and Documents page for a copy of the Committee Member Nomination Form and the Dissertation Guidebook.

Alongside which course should I finalize my dissertation committee nominations?

Course-based students should complete the nomination process alongside their six specialization courses and the dissertation companion course.

Mixed-model students will complete the process while working on their KAMs.

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

If you have any questions relate to licensing and your Walden program, please contact educlicensure@waldenu.edu or your state’s licensing board.

How long are my courses?

All courses in your program are 11 weeks in length.

What is SBSF 7100 (Research Forum)?

The purpose of this forum is to assist students with making steady progress toward earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Students will prepare a plan of action, engage in regular scholarly discussion with a faculty mentor and fellow doctoral students, and submit a personal progress report. Students will submit drafts of Learning Agreements, Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs), and dissertations to the faculty mentor for feedback. Information and resources related to KAMs, dissertations, residencies, research and writing, and doctoral program expectations are provided for guidance.
The KAMs are not online courses and require no online registration. Each quarter, you will be automatically registered for EDUC 8800, which is the Research Forum (this will happen automatically, unless you have a hold on your account, withdraw, or are on a Leave of Absence). This serves as your registration for KAMs, regardless of which KAM you’re working on. Each quarter that you are actively working on a KAM, you’ll then be required to log into EDUC 8800 within the first seven days and submit your quarterly plan to the dropbox. If you are not yet working on your KAMs, yet you are in a program with KAMs, please log in to the class in the first week, but you do not need to complete any of the assignments. If you do not log in during the first seven days each quarter, you will be dropped for Failure to Attend.

What is EDUC 8900 (Dissertation Companion)?

Course-based students only:

The purpose of the Dissertation Companion is to assist doctoral students in making steady progress toward completion of their degree. The instructor of record for a section of the companion is the chair of the dissertation committee. Section participants are the students working with the faculty mentor at the early stages of their dissertation. The companion provides a forum for ongoing exchange of ideas, input, and feedback between the students and the dissertation chair as the students complete the coursework for their Ph.D. in Education and prepare to begin their dissertation. Students will work on the prospectus in the 8900 course and formulate their dissertation committee (chair and member). Students are registered for the dissertation companion for three quarters while taking their 6 specialization courses.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

Students can only have one specialization.

It is recommended that students only change (course-based) their specialization while working on their core or foundational courses as  there is a risk of courses not transferring from one specialization to another if you were further along in the program. Please contact your Student Success Advisor for more information related to changing your specialization.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

If you are a course-based student, you will register yourself using the Degree Audit in your myWalden portal for the core/foundational courses. You will need to contact Student Success Advising to request registration for your specialization courses.

Mixed-model students can register themselves for their core and foundational courses via the Degree Audit in their myWalden portal but will be automatically registered for EDUC 8800: Research Forum each quarter.

After the first term of dissertation registration, students will be automatically registered for their dissertation courses, provided no holds are on a student’s record.

My Degree Audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

All core and foundational courses are available every term. If your Degree Audit says unavailable, that likely means it is not available for self-registration. Please email coedocadvising@waldenu.edu to request assistance in registering for the courses.

Some specialization courses (LII and LPC) are on a course rotation, so they may not be offered that quarter. Please email your Student Success Advisor for course availability and assistance with registration.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There are two honor societies for the the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. For more information about these societies please visit the Student Organizations website

Are there any assessments I have to pass before moving forward in my program (Vantage writing assessment, Adequate Academic Progress, etc.)?

Yes, PhD Education students have to take and pass the Vantage Writing Assessment (done during their first course EDUC 8110 or EDUC 8002). If you happen to fail this course, you will be required to take a free writing course (CAEX 6000g: Graduate Writing: Evaluative and Persuasive Composition Skills) during your second quarter. You will need to take the writing course until you pass it and will be automatically registered for this course if you need it. You are able to continue in your program courses while you are taking CAEX 6000g.

Do I need to purchase my own books?

You will need to purchase your own course materials each term and can do so using the Buy link located beneath each of your courses in the Courses and Materials section of your the Academics tab in your myWalden portal.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

While each student’s progress through the program will vary, depending on his or her specific situation (transfer of credit into the program, any course retakes, if he or she should take any Leaves of Absence, etc.), there is a general expectation of how long the program will take. Please see below for more information.

Course-based programs:

  • If you take your courses two per quarter it will take you around 2.5 years to finish your courses before starting your minimum of 5 quarters (1.25 years) of dissertation. If you take courses one at a time, you will lengthen the amount of time you spend in the program accordingly.
  • Two courses at a time – 1.5 years to finish core, 3 quarters (or 9 months) to finish spec courses, dissertation is a minimum of 5 quarters (though it typically takes longer). Taking courses 1 at a time or repeating courses will mean it will take longer to complete the course portion of the program.

Mixed-Model programs:

  • The core and foundational programs will take about 1.5 years to finish. Each KAM will take anywhere between two and three quarters to complete; although, the first KAM occasionally takes longer to complete. Each section of a KAM should typically take one quarter to complete. Mixed-Model students are also required to complete at least 5 quarters of EDUC 9002 to complete the dissertation.

Please know that, while you are required to complete a minimum of 5 quarters of your dissertation course, it usually takes students more than the minimum to complete the dissertation itself. Please work closely with your committee members when it comes to questions about your progress in your dissertation.

Masters Programs

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

Your program is built so that you take courses in a prescribed order.  You’ll be automatically registered in that order.

Students who want to take courses out of sequence must petition the Program Director for permission.

How many classes do I take each semester?

You will be taking two 8-week courses each semester, one after the other.

If you wish to drop to one course per semester, please contact your Student Success Advisor for assistance with adjusting your registration. Before adjusting your registration, however, Student Success Advising recommends you contact the Financial Aid office (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) regarding the impact the schedule adjustment may have to your award that semester.

How do I drop a class or take a break?   

If you want to just take one eight-week term off, please email your request to studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu

If you wish to take longer than eight weeks off please fill out the Leave of Absence form found on the Student Services tab of your portal.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Students can petition to increase their course load by filling out the General Petition form found on the Student Services tab of the portal. Approval is contingent on many factors including student GPA, course offering schedule, and time in program. Please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss your personal eligibility in more detail.

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

You can email our Certification Office at educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

You can change your specialization at any time during your program by emailing studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu. Not all courses may count towards your new specialization, so if you are more than a class or two into your program, please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss the change.

Students can only have one specialization for their degree. We do offer a variety of graduate certificate programs that you can enroll in if you have a strong interest in another area.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

As long as there are no holds on your account the prevent registration, you will be registered for classes automatically about 4-5 weeks before the next semester. If you do have a hold and then resolve it, you will need to email studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu to ensure timely registration.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There are two honor societies for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. For more information about these societies please visit the Student Organizations website.

Do I need to purchase my own books?

You will need to purchase your own course materials each term and can do so using the View Course Materials link located beneath each of your courses on the homepage your myWalden portal after you are registered.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

Your program is built so that you take courses in a prescribed order.  You’ll be automatically registered in that order.

Students who want to take courses out of sequence must petition the Program Director for permission.

How many classes do I take each semester?

You will be taking two 8-week courses each semester, one after the other.

If you wish to drop to one course per semester please contact your Student Success Advisor for assistance with adjusting your registration. Before adjusting your registration, however, Student Success Advising recommends you contact the Financial Aid office (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) regarding the impact the schedule adjustment may have to your award that semester.

How do I drop a class or take a break?   

If you want to just take one eight-week term off, please email your request to studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu

If you wish to take longer than eight weeks off please fill out the Leave of Absence form found on the Student Services tab of your portal.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Students can petition to increase their course load by filling out the Petition form found on the Student Services tab of the portal. Approval is contingent on many factors including student GPA, course offering schedule, and time in program. Please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss your personal eligibility in more detail.

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

You can email our Certification Office at educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

You can change your specialization at any time during your program by emailing studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu. Not all courses may count towards your new specialization so if you are more than a class or two into your program, please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss the change.

Students can only have one specialization for their degree. We do offer many graduate certificate programs that you can enroll in if you have a strong interest in another area.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

As long as there are no holds on your account the prevent registration, you will be registered for classes automatically about 4-5 weeks before the next semester. If you do have a hold and then resolve it, you will need to email studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu to ensure timely registration.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There are two honor societies for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. For more information about these societies please visit the Student Organizations website.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

Your program is built so that you take courses in a prescribed order.  You’ll be automatically registered in that order.

Students who want to take courses out of sequence must petition the Program Director for permission.

How many classes do I take each semester?

You will be taking two 8-week courses each semester, one after the other.

If you wish to drop to one course per semester please contact your Student Success Advisor for assistance with adjusting your registration. Before adjusting your registration, however, Student Success Advising recommends you contact the Financial Aid office (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) regarding the impact the schedule adjustment may have to your award that semester.

How do I drop a class or take a break?   

If you want to just take one eight-week term off, please email your request to studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu

If you wish to take longer than eight weeks off please fill out the Leave of Absence form found on the Student Services tab of your portal.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Students can petition to increase their course load by filling out the Petition form found on the Student Services tab of the portal. Approval is contingent on many factors including student GPA, course offering schedule, and time in program. Please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss your personal eligibility in more detail. 

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

You can email our Certification Office at educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

You can change your specialization at any time during your program by emailing studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu. Not all courses may count towards your new specialization so if you are more than a class or two into your program, please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss the change.

Students can only have one specialization for their degree. We do offer many graduate certificate programs that you can enroll in if you have a strong interest in another area.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

As long as there are no holds on your account that prevent registration, you will be registered for classes automatically about 4-5 weeks before the next semester. If you do have a hold and then resolve it, you will need to email studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu to ensure timely registration.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There are two honor societies for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. For more information about these societies please visit the Student Organizations website.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses?

Your program is built so that you take courses in a prescribed order.  You’ll be automatically registered in that order.

How many classes do I take each semester?

You will be taking two 8-week courses each semester, one after the other.

If you wish to drop to one course per semester please contact your Student Success Advisor for assistance with adjusting your registration. Before adjusting your registration, however, Student Success Advising recommends you contact the Financial Aid office (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) regarding the impact the schedule adjustment may have to your award that semester.

How do I drop a class or take a break?   

If you want to just take one eight-week term off, please email your request to studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu

If you wish to take longer than eight weeks off please fill out the Leave of Absence form found on the Student Services tab of your portal.

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

You can email our Certification Office at educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

You can change your specialization at any time during your program by emailing studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu. Not all courses may count towards your new specialization so if you are more than a class or two into your program, please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss the change.

Students can only have one specialization for their degree. We do offer many graduate certificate programs that you can enroll in if you have a strong interest in another area.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

As long as there are no holds on your account that prevent registration, you will be registered for classes automatically about 4-5 weeks before the next semester. If you do have a hold and then resolve it, you will need to email studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu to ensure timely registration.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There are two honor societies for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. For more information about these societies please visit the Student Organizations website.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses?

Your program is built so that you take courses in a prescribed order.  You’ll be automatically registered in that order.

How many courses do I take each semester?

You will take one content course for your first semester and a half. After that, you will take two courses at a time: one content course and one field experience course.

How do I drop a course or take a break?               

If you wish to take a break (Leave of Absence), you must do so in 16-week increments. You can apply for your Leave using the Leave of Absence form located on the Student Services tab of your myWalden portal.

I have questions about a Major Assessment, who can I contact? Can Student Success Advising help me with my ePortfolio/Major Assessments?

If you have questions about your Major Assessment or ePortfolio, please contact your specialization coordinator or your course instructor.

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

You can email our Certification Office at educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

A change from the Educational Leadership and Administration program to any of the other MSEd specializations would require a new application to be submitted through the Enrollment office.  Please contact the Enrollment office at 866-492-5336 if interested in learning more about this process.

Students can only have one specialization for their degree. We do offer a variety of graduate certificate programs that you can enroll in if you have a strong interest in another area.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

As long as there are no holds on your account that would prevent registration, you will be registered for classes automatically about 4-5 weeks before the next semester. If you do have a hold and then resolve it, you will need to email studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu to ensure timely registration.

Does my program lead to licensure? How do I get licensed or add on an endorsement?

The only MSED specialization state-approved to lead to licensure is Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation).  No other specialization has state approval to lead to licensure. For more information please see The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership's website or email educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

For questions about licensure or certificate add-ons, please contact your state’s Department of Education. Universities do not award licensure; it is always decided upon and awarded by the state.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There are two honor societies for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. For more information about these societies please visit the Student Organizations website.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

You'll work with your Enrollment Specialist during the application process to build a custom program of study for your program.  You’ll be automatically registered for courses in that order.

Students who want to take courses out of sequence must petition the Program Director for permission.

How many classes do I take each semester?

You will be taking two 8-week courses each semester, one after the other.

If you wish to drop to one course per semester, please contact your Student Success Advisor for assistance with adjusting your registration. Before adjusting your registration, however, Student Success Advising recommends you contact the Financial Aid office (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) regarding the impact the schedule adjustment may have to your award that semester.

How do I drop a class or take a break?   

If you want to just take one eight-week term off, please email your request to studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu

If you wish to take longer than eight weeks off please fill out the Leave of Absence form found on the Student Services tab of your portal.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Students can petition to increase their course load by filling out the General Petition form found on the Student Services tab of the portal. Approval is contingent on many factors including student GPA, course offering schedule, and time in program. Please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss your personal eligibility in more detail.

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

You can email our Certification Office at educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

You can change your specialization at any time during your program by emailing studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu. Not all courses may count towards your new specialization, so if you are more than a class or two into your program, please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss the change.

Students can only have one specialization for their degree. We do offer many graduate certificate programs that you can enroll in if you have a strong interest in another area.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

As long as there are no holds on your account the prevent registration, you will be registered for classes automatically about 4-5 weeks before the next semester. If you do have a hold and then resolve it, you will need to email studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu to ensure timely registration.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There are two honor societies for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. For more information about these societies please visit the Student Organizations website.

Do I need to purchase my own books?

You will need to purchase your own course materials each term and can do so using the View Course Materials link located beneath each of your courses on the homepage your myWalden portal after you are registered.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

Your program is built so that you take courses in a prescribed order.  You’ll be automatically registered in that order.

Students who want to take courses out of sequence must petition the Program Director for permission.

How many classes do I take each semester?

Your program is designed to take one class every eight weeks for a total of two classes per semester; you will automatically be registered this way.

How do I drop a class or take a break?         

If you want to just take one eight-week term off, please email your request to studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu

If you wish to take longer than eight weeks off, please fill out the Leave of Absence form found on the Student Services tab of your portal.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Students can petition to increase their course load by filling out the Petition form found on the Student Services tab of the portal. Approval is contingent on many factors, including student GPA, course offering schedule, and time in program. Please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss your eligibility in more detail.

What is the ePortfolio? What are Major Assessments?

Major Assessments are the components that make up your ePortfolio. Your program has an ePortfolio in lieu of a thesis, or a comprehensive exam as the culminating part of your program to demonstrate your mastery of the subject to earn your degree.

Do I have to pass all the Major Assessments?

Yes, all Major Assessments must be passed in order for a student to graduate.

I have questions about a Major Assessment, who can I contact? Can Student Success Advising help me with my ePortfolio/Major Assessments?

  • If you started your program before May 2015, you need to contact the Major Assessment Coordinators at msedeportfolio@mail.waldenu.edu with your questions.
  • If you started your program on or after May 2015, please contact your course instructor with any Major Assessment questions.

Who can I talk with about licensing questions related to my program?

You may email our Certification Office at educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

You can change your specialization at any time during your program by emailing studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu. Not all courses may count towards your new specialization so if you are more than a class or two into your program, please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss the change.

Students can only have one specialization for their degree. We do offer many graduate certificate programs that you can enroll in if you have a strong interest in another area.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

As long as there are no holds on your account that would prevent registration, you will be registered for classes automatically about 4-5 weeks before the next semester. If you do have a hold and then resolve it, you will need to email studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu to ensure timely registration.

Does my program lead to licensure? How do I get licensed or add on an endorsement?

The only MSED specialization state-approved to lead to licensure is Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation). No other specialization has state approval to lead to licensure. For more information please see The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership's website or email educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

For questions about licensure or certificate add-ons, please contact your state’s Department of Education. Universities do not award licensure; it is always decided upon and awarded by the state.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

There are two honor societies for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. For more information about these societies please visit the Student Organizations website.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

Please review your Degree Audit or the course catalog for your course sequence. You will be following this sequence to take your courses. Any changes will require a petition approval from the Program Director. Please know that petitions to alter course sequence might not be approved due to the prerequisites involved with the specific courses.

How many courses do I take each semester?

You will be taking two 8-week courses each semester, one after the other.

If you wish to drop to one course per semester please contact your Student Success Advisor for assistance with adjusting your registration. Before adjusting your registration, however, Student Success Advising recommends you contact the Financial Aid office (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) regarding the impact the schedule adjustment may have to your award that semester.

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

If you have any questions about licensure and your program please contact educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

How long are my courses?

Your courses will all be 8 weeks in length.

Is there a limit on transfer of credit?

You are only able to transfer in two courses for your certificate.

Can I change my certificate or add a second one?

If you wish to change your certificate, you will have to apply for a new certificate program using the “Apply for new degree” link located on your myWalden portal’s Academics tab. You are not able to be in two certificate programs at once.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

You will be automatically registered for your courses each semester by our Registrar’s Office provided you do not have any holds on your account that may prevent registration. If you are not registered at least 4 weeks prior to the next term start and you do not have a hold on your account, please contact Student Success Advising for assistance in getting registered.

My Degree Audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

When a Degree Audit says that a course is unavailable, it means that course is currently not available for online registration. It does not necessarily mean that registration for that course is not possible. If a course shows as unavailable in your Degree Audit, please send a written request (studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu) to your Student Success Advisor who can verify the availability of the course and process your request if the course is available.

Do I need to complete a major assessment with my certificate?

Major assessment requirements may vary based on the catalog year in which you are enrolled. Please contact your Student Success Advisor for more information about your specific requirements.

When should I complete my graduation application?

You should complete your graduation application on the last day of your last course. Certificates are conferred at the end the semester in which you complete your last course.

Do I need to purchase my own books?

You will need to purchase your own course materials each term and can do so using the View Course Materials link located beneath each of your courses on the homepage your myWalden portal after you are registered.