There is a large and growing worldwide demand for skilled teachers and university faculty. The demand for teachers in the United States, for example, includes 4 million primary and secondary teachers, 440,000 school administrators and 1.8 million post secondary teachers and administrators. The United States is not alone: UNESCO reports 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 the demand for an additional 7.4 million teachers.
Laureate Centers of Excellence in Education are meeting that demand with best-practice curriculum, experienced faculty, and campus-based or online learning options. For example, 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 Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, named in honor of the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education who is a leading advocate in advancing education, is the largest online provider of graduate level education programs in the United States.
Walden’s online programs in education provide undergraduate and graduate (master and doctoral) students worldwide with the flexibility to balance studies, work, and family. In fact, for the third year in a row, Walden has the No. 1 largest online graduate program in education by enrollment, according to US News & World Report in May 2010.