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Walden University’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) 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.
At the end of this program, graduates are able to:
- Lead initiatives that evaluate and improve instructional programs.
- Effectively manage all personnel and provide ongoing evaluation and professional development in teaching and learning.
- Create a strategic plan using a visioning process to be shared and supported by all stakeholders.
- Use data to effectively manage the organization and resources for a safe, secure, and effective learning environment.
- Address community interests and diverse needs through communicating and collaborating with internal and external publics.
- 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.
- Model democratic value systems, ethics, and moral leadership; support others to grow and develop as caring and informed citizens.
36 total semester credit hours
- Foundation course (3 sem. credits)
- Core courses (27 sem. credits)
- Field Experience* courses (6 sem. credits)
- Two 3-day residencies
*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.
Foundation Course (3 cr.)
Core Courses (27 sem. cr.)
Field Experience Courses (6 sem. cr.)
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.
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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 Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration, which is approved in Minnesota and Ohio, and the M.S. 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.