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Walden Announces New Partnerships With Organizations in Florida and Texas
Jul 14, 2011 (03:07 PM EDT)

Partnerships prepare educators in early childhood and preK-12 education

MINNEAPOLIS, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its commitment to providing broad access to quality higher education, Walden University today announced five new partnerships with organizations that serve educators in Florida and Texas. The partnerships will prepare teachers, administrators and early childhood professionals for emerging opportunities and leadership positions that focus on expanding knowledge and meeting learning needs in early childhood and preK–12 education.


Employees of the partner organizations now will have the opportunity to pursue a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree online at Walden. Employees can choose from more than 60 online degree programs and more than 300 specializations and concentrations, including programs in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. A leading provider of online education degrees, the Riley College of Education and Leadership is dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness and student achievement by connecting its students with nationally recognized education experts, researchers and scholars.  

Walden's new education partners are:

Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC)—FLAEYC is the largest professional organization for people working in the early care and education field in the state of Florida and is a local affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA). FLAEYC supports early childhood professionals by providing leadership, advocacy and professional development opportunities.

Education Service Centers, Regions 1, 2, 18 and 20 – Regions 1, 2, 18 and 20 Education Service Centers (ESC) are part of a statewide system of 20 regional centers in Texas created to assist school districts across the state. Regional ESC's serve as a liaison between the Texas Education Agency and local schools, disseminating information and training for both federal and state programs. The primary focus is to improve student performance and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of school operations.

These new partnerships join the growing contingent of hospitals, health systems, nonprofits, business and education organizations and institutions that have aligned with Walden to provide educational opportunities to their employees. Through Walden's partnerships, organizations can help their employees excel personally and professionally. Walden offers relevant, state-of-the-art degree programs that focus on real-world challenges and inspire positive social change.  

For more information about Walden University, The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership and Walden's educational partnership opportunities, visit

About Walden University

For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 46,500 students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries are pursuing their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Walden offers more than 60 degree programs with more than 300 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

SOURCE Walden University