2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership and Administration (International – Non-Licensure) M.S. in Education

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This specialization prepares educators living outside the U.S. to become school leaders in diverse year 1–12 settings. Grounded in research and best practices, this scholar-practitioner program helps international educators develop the professional skills and dispositions needed to lead curriculum initiatives, improve instructional effectiveness, and positively impact year 1–12 student outcomes. Courses explore effective communication and leadership practices; school governance and management; budgeting and resource management; and human resource practices for hiring, evaluating, and motivating qualified staff. The program teaches strategies on how to build effective curriculum and lead; meet diverse student needs; and create positive, safe learning environments. Educators set goals via an individual learning plan, then document accomplishments and classroom observations through an online portfolio.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduates will be able 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 respond effectively to changes that impact the school community.
  7. Articulate democratic value systems, ethics, and moral leadership.

Degree Requirements

30 total semester credit hours

  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)


Note on Licensure

The international non-licensure track of the M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration program is not approved in the United States or elsewhere to lead to certification in administration (e.g., principal, superintendent). International candidates are responsible for knowing and understanding the requirements of the country in which they wish to work to determine if the M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration program meets their professional and academic goals. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain certification or employment in any particular field or location.

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