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Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) - MS in Education

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This specialization prepares aspiring educational professionals to become licensed principals and educational leaders in diverse P–12 settings. Grounded in research and best practices, this scholar-practitioner program integrates coursework with field experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Courses explore effective communication, collaboration, and leadership practices; public policies and legal issues affecting school governance and management; budgeting and resource management; and human resource practices for hiring, evaluating, and motivating qualified staff. In support of its focus on student outcomes, the specialization also includes specific coursework on leading curriculum initiatives to improve literacy and math skills, using data to strengthen schools, and boosting achievement among English language learners. Participants learn strategies for creating safe schools, resolving conflict, and administering discipline effectively. Field experiences integrate learned skills and concepts in school settings under the mentorship of a licensed and practicing school principal. Principal candidates must complete a total of 240 hours of field experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Candidates will complete 160 of those hours at the candidate’s preferred level or level of primary teaching experience, and 40 hours each at the other levels.

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. Model democratic value systems, ethics, and moral leadership.

Degree Requirements

  • 36 total semester credits
  • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
  • Field Experience courses (6 sem. cr.)
  • Minimum 5 semesters enrollment

Specialization Curriculum


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

Candidates can access both handbooks from their myWalden university portal. Candidates enrolled in the principal preparation program should refer to the Principal 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

The Walden University MS in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) program is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents to recommend graduates of this program for licensure as principals in Ohio. However, before Walden can recommend a candidate for licensure, he or she must successfully complete all components of this program, pass the required state testing requirements, and ensure the proper background checks are current with the state licensing agency.

Students who reside in Minnesota are not eligible for admission to this program, but should instead enroll in the EdS – Educational Leadership and Administration program that is approved by the MN Board of School Administrators to meet requirements for eligibility for licensure as a school principal in Minnesota.

Individuals interested in becoming licensed as a principal in states other than Ohio may qualify for a comparable license by completing Walden’s state-approved educational leadership program; however, individuals must review their state licensure requirements to ensure that completing the Walden principal preparation program will meet the requirements specific to out-of-state program completers. Some states have a separate application and process for someone completing an out-of-state approved preparation program, which should be followed. Prospective students must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, (2) if they need to obtain a license from the state where the program has been approved (OH) prior to applying in the state they intend to work, and (3) any additional requirements the student will need to complete prior to their state granting the license.

Individuals enrolling internationally must be supervised by an administrator with a valid US state administrator license, in a school that follows a U.S.-based curriculum at the appropriate grade levels. Prospective students must check that the program is accepted for an administrator credential in the state they intend to apply for licensure.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide general information on state licensure; 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.

Program Data

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