Walden University

Ed.S. in Educational Leadership & Administration (Principal Preparation) - General

Students enrolled in Walden University's Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) - General program have an opportunity to study policy and law in school organizations, teaching and leading for school leaders, and other relevant topics. Read on to learn more about the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) - General program.

Official Program Name:

Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) - General

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Doctorate

Program Description:

Walden University's Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) - General program is a scholar-practitioner program that is divided into core courses and a series of field experiences, and focuses on research. Some of the core course topics covered in the curriculum include budgeting and allocating resources, using data to strengthen schools, communication and collaboration for leaders, leading curriculum initiatives, and recruiting, evaluating, and retaining school personnel. Students in this program complete six field experiences, each of which is worth one credit, and work as administrative aides in elementary, middle, or high schools. Students could be able to develop leadership and communication skills.

Accreditation:

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

Learning Format:

Online

Estimated Program Length:

20 months. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Personalized estimates of time to completion can be discussed with Walden University enrollment advisors.

Total Credits Required:

36 semester credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Walden University offers a number of financial aid opportunities including scholarships, fellowships, and employer tuition reimbursement for those who qualify. Enrollment advisors can also assist with federal aid, private loans, tuition-reduction opportunities,* and veteran benefits.

*Only one tuition-reduction benefit may be applied to tuition and fees. Not valid for Tennessee residents.

Courses for the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) - General:

Degree program curriculum and credits are subject to change. Contact Walden University for the most current information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
Foundations: Educational Leadership and Administration3
Teaching and Learning for School Leaders3
Communication and Collaboration for Leaders3
Ensuring Quality Education for Students with Diverse Needs3
Policy and Law in School Organization3
Using Data to Strengthen Schools3
Budgeting and Allocating Resources3
Creating Positive, Safe, and Effective Learning Environments3
Leading Curriculum Initiatives: Literacy and Math3
Recruiting, Evaluating, and Retaining School Personnel3
Field Experiences (6)6

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Career Paths:

Students who have completed Walden University's Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) - General program have the opportunity to pursue jobs in the field. Potential employers include the public school system, private schools, and nonprofits. Job applicants should have strong leadership and communication skills and be resourceful.

Some careers that graduates could pursue include:

  • High School Principal
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Assistant Principal

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6320 or prof.educ@k12.wa.us to determine whether Walden's programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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