As a PreK–12 administrator, you can increase your ability to influence and transform your educational organization by earning an EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership from Walden.

With an Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Educational Administration and Leadership, you will learn how to transform your school into a thriving educational community or learn how to best support an already successful school. The curriculum focuses on strategies for building a collaborative institution—a new and innovative model in administrator leadership. Courses focus on topics such as collaborative communication, techniques for hiring and retaining an effective staff, school organizational dynamics, budgeting, and making a lasting difference for creating an effective PreK–12 learning environment.

In this online Education Specialist degree program, you will:

  • Learn to actively collaborate with a variety of stakeholders to address the diverse learning needs of students in the school community.
  • Gain the skills to develop materials that contribute to an effective learning environment to improve learning.
  • Explore the use of technology that can be used to support student learning.
  • Obtain the skills to effectively manage resources to improve the learning environment.

As a graduate of this EdS degree program, you will be able to integrate theory and practice to impact both your career and the lives of your students while promoting positive social change in the PreK–12 learning environment.

An EdS degree can dramatically impact your salary and career as an educator-leader in less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn a Doctor of Education (EdD) or PhD in Education. However, the innovative structure of our Lifelong Learner Pathway allows you to lay the groundwork for your doctorate if you later choose to pursue it. As an EdS student, you will take the same initial courses as EdD and PhD in Education students, where you exchange ideas and engage in advanced graduate coursework. If you are inspired to pursue your doctorate, you can transfer into the EdD program with a specialization in Educational Administration and Leadership without starting over, saving you time and money.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure) program, you will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current literature and trends in education.
  • Effectively communicate with others (e.g., verbal, non-verbal, written, and technology-based).
  • Actively participate in addressing the diverse learning needs of students in the school community.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effectively managing resources to improve the learning environment.
  • Contribute to an effective learning environment to improve learning.
  • Demonstrate the use of technology that can be used to support student learning.
  • Use the results of published research to support student learning.
  • Demonstrate positive professional dispositions (professional conduct, professional qualities, communication, and collaboration).
  • Promote positive social change in the learning environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural responsiveness in interactions with students, teachers/faculty, staff, stakeholders, and the community.
  • Design a scholarly response to address an educational, administration, or leadership problem and contribute to the profession.

Highlights

Like all of our Education Specialist degree programs, Walden’s EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure) program is designed to empower busy educators like you to pursue a specialized post-master’s degree while continuing to work full time. Our program offers unprecedented flexibility that lets you tailor your studies to your needs and goals, and even change direction mid-stream without losing time or money.

  • You can switch degree paths even after starting your program. Students in the Doctor of Education (EdD) programs and the EdS post-master’s programs all take the same four first courses. With our Lifelong Learner Pathway, you can continue toward your doctoral degree without having to start over—saving you time and money.
  • Deepen your impact as an educator-leader in less time. With an EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership, you can make a greater impact on your salary and career trajectory—not to mention your community—in significantly less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn an EdD or PhD in Education.
  • Learn from highly qualified and diverse faculty mentors, who blend academic theory with real-world insights to enrich your learning and broaden your perspectives on the latest trends.
  • NCATE accreditation assures you that our programs are high quality. The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness. As a recognized standard of excellence in preparing PreK–12 school professionals, NCATE accreditation ensures we have met rigorous national standards.

Save Time and Money on Your Degree

The ability to transfer credit at Walden can give you a more seamless, effective, and cost-efficient way to continue your education. Complete your required coursework sooner by transferring applicable required graduate credits into a Walden degree program.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

For each EdS except the EdS Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Program)

Note on Educator Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to educator licensure or certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.

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