Worldwide, the demand for skilled teachers and university faculty is large and growing. In the United States, for example, a recent study by the American Association for Employment in Education reported teacher shortages in more than half of the fields surveyed. The United States is not alone: UNESCO reports that the market for pre-primary, primary and secondary education worldwide expanded by more than 142 million students between 1999 and 2006. This growth in students resulted in a demand for an additional 7.4 million teachers.
Laureate Centers of Excellence in Education are meeting that demand with innovative curricula, experienced faculty and campus-based and online learning options.
More than 49,000 students are pursuing degrees in education at Laureate Centers of Excellence in Education around the world, many of them through the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. The college, named in honor of former U.S. Education Secretary Richard W. Riley, a leading advocate in advancing education, is the largest online provider of graduate-level education programs in the United States.
The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This prestigious accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.