- 36 total semester credits
- Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
- Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
- Field Experience* courses (6 sem. cr.)
*Note: In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, candidates must have access to technology (i.e., scanner or camera) that allows them to 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 of their state. Graduates in some states will be eligible for licensure based on completion of a state-approved program, where they can apply directly to their state educator board (“direct apply”). Other states have a separate application and process for someone completing an out-of-state approved preparation program (“license-in-hand pathway”), where in order for a graduate to be eligible for licensure or certification, he/she must first obtain a license in an approved state (Minnesota or Ohio) prior to applying for licensure in his/her state of residence.
Prospective students must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program to be eligible to apply directly to their state board, (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 reside, and (3) any additional requirements the student will need to complete prior to their state granting the license. Students residing in Minnesota and Ohio are eligible to apply directly to their state board, as Walden’s EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration program is approved in both states. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.
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.
Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.
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