For educators who want to become principals or administrators, Walden University’s EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration program is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need.*

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 unique, scholar-practitioner educational leadership degree program is grounded in current research. The program is designed to provide students with opportunities to respond to case studies drawn from real life, participate in school leadership experiences, work side by side with principal mentors, and develop the ability to impact social change.

The EdS 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 Constituent 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 (below). 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 (CAGS), 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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Lead initiatives that evaluate and improve instructional programs.
  2. Effectively manage all personnel and provide ongoing evaluation and professional development in teaching and learning.
  3. Create a strategic plan using a visioning process to be shared and supported by all stakeholders.
  4. Use data to effectively manage the organization and resources for a safe, secure, and effective learning environment.
  5. Address community interests and diverse needs through communicating and collaborating with internal and external audiences.
  6. Articulate the school’s role within the broader political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context and respond effectively to changes that impact the school community.
  7. Model democratic value systems, ethics, and moral leadership; support others to grow and develop as caring and informed citizens.

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.

Note on Licensure

The Walden University EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration program is approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators to recommend graduates of this program for licensure as principals in Minnesota (for candidates meeting all Minnesota requirements) and by the Ohio Board of Regents (for candidates meeting all Ohio requirements). Candidates must select if they wish to pursue Minnesota or Ohio licensure requirements before the end of their first course in the program. However, before Walden can recommend a candidate for licensure, he or she must successfully complete all components of this program, pass the required state testing requirements, and ensure the proper background checks are current with the state licensing agency.

Individuals interested in becoming licensed as a principal in states other than Minnesota and Ohio, may qualify for a comparable license by completing Walden’s state-approved educational leadership program; however, individuals must review their state licensure requirements to ensure that completing the Walden principal preparation program will meet the requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. Some states have a separate application and process for someone completing an out-of-state approved preparation program, which should be followed. Prospective students must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, (2) if they need to obtain a license from the state where the program has been approved (MN or OH) prior to applying in the state they intend to work, and (3) any additional requirements the student will need to complete prior to their state granting the license.

Individuals enrolling internationally must be supervised by an administrator with a valid US state administrator license, in a school that follows a US-based curriculum at the appropriate grade levels. Prospective students must check that the program is accepted for an administrator credential in the state they intend to apply for licensure.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide general information on state licensure; 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 or endorsement.

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