Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation)

For educators who want to become a principal or administrator at the master’s level, Walden’s online MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) is designed to develop the management, leadership, and advanced instructional skills you need to become an educational leader.

This specialization provides the legal, financial, data, and personnel management knowledge needed to meet the daily challenges of school administration as well as the instructional leadership skills required to improve student outcomes.

Designed for aspiring educational leaders, this online program can prepare you to:

  • Create a shared strategic vision and collaborative school community.
  • Recruit, hire, and inspire school personnel committed to improving student achievement.
  • Lead curriculum, assessment, and community-building initiatives to improve student outcomes and the learning environment.
  • Manage the complex educational, financial, human resource, and legal issues critical to effective school management.

Grounded in best practices and current research, this unique program for scholar-practitioners provides you with opportunities to apply concepts and coursework in the field while working closely with licensed, practicing principals as mentors. In addition, this program is taught by Walden faculty members who have experience working as principals. This program’s objectives are to provide you with the professional skills and dispositions you need to enhance opportunities and outcomes for every student.

This program is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents as meeting the standards for Building Level Principal Licenses (grades preK—6, grades 4—9, and grades 5—12). Upon successful completion of this program, Walden can recommend candidates for principal licensure to the state of Ohio. The Ohio Departments of Education is solely responsible for reviewing applications and issuing licenses. Candidates are responsible for completing any other state requirements beyond completion of Walden’s Ohio state-approved program.

Individuals interested in principal licensure in states other than 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.

Find information about Walden education programs and licensure requirements.

Completion Requirements

  • 36 total semester credits 
  • ePortfolio

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Additional Learning Outcomes for Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Design and lead initiatives that evaluate and improve instructional programs.
  2. Develop, implement, and manage ongoing evaluation and professional development in teaching and learning.
  3. Create strategic plans using a visioning process to be shared and supported by stakeholders.
  4. Use data to effectively manage the organization and resources for a safe, secure, and effective learning environment.
  5. Communicate and collaborate with external publics to address community interests and diverse needs.
  6. Articulate the school’s role within the broader political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context and responding effectively to changes that impact the school community.
  7. Model democratic value systems, ethics, and moral leadership.

Courses

Year Semester Course Code Course Credits
Year 1 Semester 1 Course Code EDUC 6002 Course Foundations: Educational Leadership and Administration Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Year 1 Semester 2 Course Code EDUC 6200 Course Teaching and Learning for School Leaders Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Year 1 Semester 3 Course Code EDUC 6201 Course Communication and Collaboration for Leaders Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Year 1 Semester 4 Course Code EDUC 6202 Course Ensuring Quality Education for Students With Diverse Needs Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Year 1 Semester 4 Course Code EDUC 6801 Course Field Experience Credits (1 sem. cr.)
Year 1 Semester 5 Course Code EDUC 6203 Course Policy and Law in School Organizations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Year 1 Semester 5 Course Code EDUC 6802 Course Field Experience Credits (1 sem. cr.)
Year 1 Semester 6 Course Code EDUC 6204 Course Using Data to Strengthen Schools Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Year 1 Semester 6 Course Code EDUC 6803 Course Field Experience Credits (1 sem. cr.)
Year 2 Semester 7 Course Code EDUC 6205 Course Budgeting and Allocating Resources Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Year 2 Semester 7 Course Code EDUC 6804 Course Field Experience Credits (1 sem. cr.)
Year 2 Semester 8 Course Code EDUC 6206 Course Creating Positive, Safe, and Effective Learning Environments Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Year 2 Semester 8 Course Code EDUC 6805 Course Field Experience Credits (1 sem. cr.)
Year 2 Semester 9 Course Code EDUC 6207 Course Leading Curriculum Initiatives: Literacy and Math Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Year 2 Semester 9 Course Code EDUC 6806 Course Field Experience Credits (1 sem. cr.)
Year 2 Semester 10 Course Code EDUC 6208 Course Recruiting, Evaluating, and Retaining School Personnel Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Note on Administrator Licensure or Certification
Walden University’s MS in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Program) meets the Ohio Board of Regents’ standards for graduate programs and the Ohio State Board of Education’s standards for Building Level Principal Licenses (grades PreK—6, grades 4—9, and grades 5—12). Upon successful completion of this program, Walden can recommend candidates for principal licensure to the state of Ohio. Candidates who complete this program may qualify for principal licensure in many other states; 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. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

For Minnesota Residents Only: Students who wish to pursue licensure as an educational leader who reside in Minnesota are not eligible for admission to the MS in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Program), but should instead enroll in the EdS – Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Program) that is approved by the MN Board of School Administrators to meet requirements for eligibility for licensure as a school principal in Minnesota.

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