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Mentoring the Next Generation of Teachers: Walden's Teacher Preparation Program


May 2008


More than 2 million new P–12 teachers will be needed in the next decade to bridge the gap between the growing number of veteran teachers retiring and increasing student enrollment, according to the National Education Association.


What can you do to help support your school and profession in addressing this teacher shortage?


Help us spread the word about a new program designed to prepare the next generation of teachers. Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership has launched the state-approved teacher preparation programs with an optional Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree for talented individuals from a wide range of industries who share a desire to teach. This program prepares working professionals to translate their existing skills and experience into a new career in education.


Teacher Preparation Programs
At a Glance


Overview: Post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs with an optional Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree


Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university


Time to Completion: 16 to 20 months (time to completion may vary by student)


Delivery: Online format combined with fieldwork experience


Focus Areas: Early Childhood Education and Special Education, (Emotional/Behavioral Disorders or Learning Disabilities)


Visit the Walden Teacher Preparation Program Web site for more information.


Gateway to Teaching
Developed by nationally recognized educational experts and master teachers, this online program combines the flexibility of a distance-delivery format with virtual and actual field experiences that allow students to apply their knowledge immediately in an educational setting. Courses are supplemented with DVDs that showcase scholars and teachers sharing best practices and the latest research. And students complete their program under the supervision of a veteran educator and a Walden faculty mentor.


Teacher candidates have a number of ways to customize their Walden education, including the option to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with just two additional courses. They may also choose from the focus areas of Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 3); Special Education, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (K–12); and Special Education, Learning Disabilities (K–12).


Inspire Others to Teach
If you know of a friend, family member, or colleague interested in a career in teaching, invite them to visit You could inspire them to make a difference in their lives and the lives of the children in their community.




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