2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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, as well as the Ohio Board of Regents as a principal preparation program that leads to Building Level Principal Licenses (grades PreK–6, grades 4–9, and grades 5–12). With curriculum aligned to key professional organizations such as the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, the Ohio Board of Regents, 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.



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 ePortfolio. 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

The Walden University EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration program is approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators to recommend graduates of this program for licensure as principals in Minnesota (for candidates meeting all Minnesota requirements) and by the Ohio Board of Regents (for candidates meeting all Ohio requirements). Candidates must select if they wish to pursue Minnesota or Ohio licensure requirements before the end of their first course in the program. 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.

Individuals interested in becoming licensed as a principal in states other than Minnesota and 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 (MN or 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 U.S. 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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