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Endorsement Programs – Walden University

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership of the Walden University offers endorsement programs in special education for licensed teachers who want to increase their knowledge base and improve their teaching skills. It was developed as a natural result of Walden’s commitment to providing lifelong learning opportunities to educators. Teachers who are committed to making a difference can prepare to make such difference in the lives of children with special needs through the University’s state-approved Special Education Endorsement Programs. Focus is given to either emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) or learning disabilities (LD) with an option to earn an M.S. in Education specializing in Special Education. The course’s online programs enable educators to enhance their skills while increasing their professional opportunities by fulfilling the requirements needed to teach K – 12 students with special needs.

Special Education Endorsement Programs with an M.S. in Education with a Specialization in Special Education (16 months +)

Special Education Endorsement Program in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

With the continuing shortage of teachers that are qualified to address emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD), this program will let the educators examine the characteristics of children and adolescents with EBD as compared to all learners. It will also assist in learning to plan for the individual needs of students with EBD and to develop an Individualized Education Program that addresses the learning needs of students with EBD.

Special Education Endorsement Program in Learning Disabilities

This program provides teachers with the practical skills to help students who have learning disabilities (LD) fulfill their potential to succeed. Educators will learn to plan for the individual needs of students with LD while supporting their strengths. Collaborative relationships are built with parents and agencies to promote learning in all content areas.

Special Education Endorsement Programs Alone (8 months +)

Special Education Endorsement Program in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

This specialization provides the practical knowledge and understanding needed to enable educators to fulfill the multifaceted needs of the student population. It also expands teaching skills and helps educators make a significant and positive impact on K – 12 students with EBD. This programs aims to alleviate the problem with the shortage of qualified teachers for students with EBD.

Special Education Endorsement Program in Learning Disabilities

This endorsement program expands teaching skills and helps make a significant and positive impact on students struggling with Learning Disabilities (LD). Teachers will learn the practical skills needed to help their students fulfill their potential to succeed.