Minneapolis—October 12, 2009—Walden University’s new Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) program is designed to enable educators to advance their careers while developing the knowledge, skills, and experience to become a licensed principal or administrator in P–12 schools.

Offered through Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, this unique scholar-practitioner post-master’s degree program, grounded in current research, provides students with opportunities to respond to authentic case studies, participate in school leadership experiences, work side by side with principal mentors, and develop the ability to impact social change.

“Walden’s Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration program is preparing the next generation of P–12 school administrators and principals to truly impact the future success of our nation’s education system,” said Dr. Kate Steffens, dean of Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. “Graduates of the program will be equipped to promote the success of every student and guide other professionals in the pursuit of excellence in education.”

The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration program and its curriculum is approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators as a principal preparation program that can lead to P–12 principal licensure in Minnesota. For students who have earned their master’s degree and reside in a state that does not require a doctoral degree to obtain principal licensure, the Ed.S. post-master’s degree may be an ideal option.

When students enroll in the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration program for the January 2010 start date, they may be eligible for the Walden Future Principal Award, which offers a 15 percent tuition savings. This is a limited-time opportunity and equates to $3,888 over the life of the program.*

Prospective students interested in the program should contact a Walden enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 or visit www.WaldenU.edu/principalprep.

*Not valid for Tennessee residents.

About Walden University
Since 1970, 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 33,000 students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees 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 45 online and campus-based universities in 20 countries.

Walden offers more than 36 degree programs with more than 140 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology and engineering. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.