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:
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.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
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 only programs offered by Walden University that are state-approved as leading to any administrative/ leadership license (e.g., assistant principal, principal, teacher leader, superintendent) is the EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration, which is approved in Minnesota and Ohio, and the MS in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration, which is approved in Ohio. Upon successful completion of this program, Walden can recommend candidates for principal licensure to those respective states. The Minnesota and Ohio departments of education are solely responsible for reviewing applications and issuing licenses, and candidates are responsible for completing any other state requirements beyond completion of Walden’s state-approved program.
Individuals interested in principal licensure in states other than Minnesota and Ohio may qualify for the license by virtue of completing a state-approved 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.
Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; 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.
Now that I’ve earned my Ed.D. from Walden, I can really effect positive social change and build bridges between mothers and healthcare professionals. I love what I do.
Walden provides flexible online programs for working people.
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