Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation)

For educators who want to become a principal or administrator at the education specialist level, Walden University’s Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration program is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills to become a licensed principal.*

Our curriculum is focused on preparing you to:

  • Understand and manage complex educational issues. 
  • Assess, improve, and provide quality instructional programs. 
  • Recruit, hire, and retain school personnel committed to improving student learning. 
  • Create a shared strategic vision. 
  • Encourage and inspire students, teachers, staff members, families, and the community to work together to provide a safe and secure learning environment.

This is a unique, scholar-practitioner educational leadership degree program that’s grounded in current research. This program is designed to provide 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.

The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration is approved for principal licensure in Minnesota and Ohio. Its curriculum is aligned with the standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC), and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA).

Gain a general understanding of the guidelines and requirements of the principal preparation program with the Principal Candidate Guidebook (abridged version). After you download the guidebook, please call 1-866-492-5336 to speak with your enrollment advisor for assistance in reviewing the information.

An Education Specialist degree, sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.), is ideal for educators who want to remain working in the field but who would like to increase their influence and impact on their learning communities.

Find information about Walden education programs and licensure requirements.


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  • Grants and tuition reductions available.

  • Licensure Preparation & Endorsement Preparation

    If your goal is to teach in a classroom or become a principal, Walden offers specific licensure and endorsement preparation programs designed to help you get there.

    If your goal is to teach in a classroom or become a principal, our specific licensure and endorsement preparation programs are designed to help you get there. Learn More


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