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 Department 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. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.
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.
- 36 total semester credits
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:
- Design and lead initiatives that evaluate and improve instructional programs.
- Develop, implement, and manage ongoing evaluation and professional development in teaching and learning.
- Create strategic plans using a visioning process to be shared and supported by stakeholders.
- Use data to effectively manage the organization and resources for a safe, secure, and effective learning environment.
- Communicate and collaborate with external publics to address community interests and diverse needs.
- 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.
- Model democratic value systems, ethics, and moral leadership.