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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) Program


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Walden University’s Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) program is approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators as a principal preparation program that leads to P–12 Principal Licensure in Minnesota. With curriculum aligned to key professional organizations such as the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, and the Minnesota Board of School Administrators, principal candidates can expect a learning experience that is based on established standards by respected organizations.

This program will prepare principal candidates to become exemplary, well-informed school leaders who can manage complex educational issues, evaluate and improve instructional programs, develop diverse school personnel, and create a shared strategic vision, as well as encourage and inspire students, staff, families, and the community to provide a safe and secure learning environment. This unique, scholar-practitioner program is grounded in research and provides authentic school leadership experiences that will lead to the successful development of principal candidates.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, graduates are able 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 publics.
  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.

Degree Requirements


  • 36 total semester credits
  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
  • Field Experience* courses (6 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio

*Note: In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, access to a scanner is required so that candidates can electronically submit signed documents verifying their field experience hours.

Curriculum


Handbooks


Walden University requires that all candidates in its principal preparation program review the Candidate Handbook and the Field Experience Handbook in order to help them understand the guidelines and requirements of the program.

Candidates can access both handbooks (PDF) from their myWalden university portal. Candidates enrolled in the principal preparation program should refer to the Candidate Handbook for complete information on the program and other university policies and procedures related to the program’s specializations. Candidates should refer to the Field Experience Handbook for detailed information regarding the field experience requirements in the program.

Note on Licensure


For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, elementary education, and P–12 principal licensure (EdS) as well as an endorsement program in reading. Walden also offers an Ohio state-approved principal licensure program at the master’s level.

Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions. Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

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.

Program Data


Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) Program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.