Online EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation)


Become a dynamic and collaborative leader who makes a positive impact on your students, teachers, district, and community every day.

Become a dynamic and collaborative leader who makes a positive impact on your students, teachers, district, and community every day.

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DISCLOSURES

1Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook HandbookElementary, Middle, and High School Principals. National salary projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not reflect actual salaries, and are subject to change.

2Source: Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insight™. Occupational Analysis. Query conditions “Elementary and Secondary School Administrator”. Retrieved February 2020.

3Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook HandbookElementary, Middle, and High School Principals. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not reflect actual job growth, and are subject to change.

4Source: Walden University Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), as of December 31, 2019.

Accreditation

Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through June 2026. This accreditation covers specific Walden initial teacher and advanced educator preparation programs, including the BS in Elementary EducationMaster of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Special Education specialization, MS in Education – Educational Leadership and Administration specialization, and EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration. The MAT-SPED, MSED-ELA, and EdS-ELA programs were reviewed by Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs), which define content-area standards for programs, and achieved national recognition. 

CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. Walden’s College of Education and Human Sciences has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement. CAEP is a Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) – recognized national accreditor for educator preparation.  

Licensure

Walden is approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators and by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to offer a program leading to initial principal licensure. Candidates must select if they wish to pursue Minnesota or Ohio licensure requirements before the end of their first course in the program. All candidates must pass the required Ohio principal licensure exam (OAE 015 Educational Leadership Exam) in order to complete the program. Candidates seeking licensure in Minnesota or Ohio are responsible for completing any other Minnesota or Ohio requirements beyond Walden’s state-approved program. The Minnesota Board of School Administrators or the Ohio Department of Higher Education is solely responsible for reviewing applications and issuing licenses.

Individuals interested in licensure in states other than Minnesota or Ohio may qualify by virtue of completing a state-approved educator preparation program; however, individuals must review their state’s regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. Individuals who reside in certain states may be ineligible to enroll in this program. Walden Enrollment Specialists can provide guidance on licensure questions however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure.