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MS in Education - Educational Leadership & Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation)

Walden University's online Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) program is designed for students who want to prepare for principal licensing or for leadership positions in an education organization. Find out more about this MSEd program by reading on.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation)

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

The online Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) program at Walden University requires applicants to have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA or hold a 3.0 or higher GPA in master's level coursework. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Students wishing to advance their leadership abilities and prepare for positions where they create positive changes in a learning environment may be interested in Walden's online Master of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) program. The curriculum of this program is designed to explores all aspects of running an institution of learning including budgets and allocating resources, policy and law, and recruiting and evaluating personnel. Learners might study how to communicate professionally and create a setting that promotes collaboration and problem solving. This MSEd program may also offers students the chance to participate in a practicum where they could work with a licensed and practicing school principal. Some additional course topics might include using data to strengthen schools, leading curriculum initiatives, educational administration, and retaining school personnel.

This program prepares graduates for principal licensure in the state of Ohio. Certification requirements are different for each state; students should check with their state's regulations before enrolling in this program. Minnesota applicants only are not eligible for this program and should instead enroll in the EdS Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) program which meets the requirements for principal licensure in MN.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation):

Students enrolled in the online Master of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) program at Walden University are asked to complete 27 credits in core educational leadership courses and one 3-credit educational foundation course. To meet degree requirements, students will also take part in 6 credits of field experiences (for a total of 240 hours). Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations: Educational Leadership and Administration

Core Courses (27 credits)

  • Teaching and Learning for School Leaders
  • Communication and Collaboration for Leaders
  • Ensuring Quality Education for Students With Diverse Needs
  • Policy and Law in School Organizations
  • Using Data to Strengthen Schools
  • Budgeting and Allocating Resources
  • Creating Positive, Safe, and Effective Learning Environments
  • Leading Curriculum Initiatives: Literacy and Math
  • Recruiting, Evaluating, and Retaining School Personnel

Field Experience Courses (6 credits)

  • Students will enroll in this course six times:
    • Field Experience

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students that graduate with a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) from Walden University could decide to continue their education with a doctoral degree. A doctoral or specialist degree could help them prepare for more advanced leadership positions, such as at the district level, or they might prepare for research or postsecondary teaching careers.. Doctoral opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Education with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership and Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration

Career Paths:

Graduates with an MSEd may be able to work in multiple education settings including elementary, junior high, and high school. The Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) program from Walden University may prepare graduates to become a principal or leader in their school or organization. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Assistant principal
  • Principal
  • Dean of Students

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