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Enhance P–12 Learning With an EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership

Are you ready to create more engaging and effective P–12 learning environments for your students? Develop your leadership expertise with an EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure) degree from Walden. Gain the skills and confidence to present innovative solutions to your organization’s most pressing challenges, from improving instruction to advancing student achievement.

An EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure) program equips educators to effectively manage resources and improve learning environments for diverse student populations. It is not a path to principal or superintendent licensure.

Advance Your Leadership Skills

Sharpen your insights and expertise in strategic planning, staffing, and how to maximize results from your time and budget.

Build Your Confidence

In the capstone, work with a K–12 school or organization to identify a challenge, make recommendations, and create an action plan.

Broaden Your Horizons

Prepare for new career opportunities—or pivot seamlessly into a doctoral program to continue your advanced studies.

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Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 45 quarter credits

Education Specialist candidates must have access to a PreK–12 administrator, students, and community members associated with a PreK–12 school setting.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0539.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

Choose either EDSD 7002 or 7006 (6-week version)

EDSD 7002

Leading the Future of Education

As an advanced graduate student, you are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life. This practical course provides meaningful skills you will need to select your path, complete your degree, and become a successful leader of educational change in the 21st century. Networking and research skills, scholarly writing, critical thinking, use of Walden resources, and the three advanced graduate paths (e.g., PhD, EdD, EdS)—this course addresses all of these in a manner that provides a solid foundation of skill sets upon which to base your journey. You will find a balance of assignments (e.g., case studies, discussions, application assignments) that will ignite your passion for learning, allow you to collaborate with others, and guide your current and future work. This course is designed to reflect Walden's social change mission and provide you with meaningful tools for success as an advanced graduate student.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7006

Leading the Future of Education

As an advanced graduate student, you are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life. This practical course provides meaningful skills you will need to select your path, complete your degree, and become a successful leader of educational change in the 21st century. Networking and research skills, scholarly writing, critical thinking, use of Walden resources, and the three advanced graduate paths (e.g., PhD, EdD, EdS)—this course addresses all of these in a manner that provides a solid foundation of skill sets upon which to base your journey. You will find a balance of assignments (e.g., case studies, discussions, application assignments) that will ignite your passion for learning, allow you to collaborate with others, and guide your current and future work. This course is designed to reflect Walden's social change mission and provide you with meaningful tools for success as an advanced graduate student.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7010

Collaborative Communication for Administrators

Effective education leaders work to foster a community of collaboration in which all stakeholders strive to develop a shared understanding of and commitment to making sure that every student learns and succeeds. Education professionals in this course explore the characteristics of effective collaborative leaders, including the ability to foster collaborative problem solving and decision making. They learn how to model open and responsive communication as well as how to use tools to ensure that such collaboration is the common process within the school and throughout the school community. They also explore the role of schools in communicating with and drawing upon community resources of various types, including public agencies and organizations that serve youth and families. Through this course, education professionals work toward establishing the personal, ethical, and moral platforms to become effective leaders who model and promote ethical and productive civic behavior. Education professionals will develop and refine their skills as collaborative leaders in the school community.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7011

School Organizational Dynamics: Policies and Law

Educators in this course study selected general legal principles, case and statute law, and law-making agencies that impact leaders and their educational institutions. Key content areas include but are not limited to the legal status of the local school district; the role of federal, state, and local governments that may apply; governance of schools; and policies, rules, and regulations. Education professionals in the course will also cover and develop a practical understanding of the legal rights, responsibilities, and obligations of administrators, teachers, students, parents, and school boards; community education; civil rights; collective bargaining, torts and contracts, and legal research; as well as the development of policy to meet regulations and other provisions. School administrators have an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about finding resources to help them address legal matters as they evolve. Educators will gain the basic knowledge to help develop policy statements as related to their school and to the district as a whole.

(5 cr.)
RSCH 7110

Research Theory, Design, and Methods

Students in this research course are provided with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the doctoral level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the importance of theory in research, and research processes. The course also introduces students to the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research designs and methods. Students devote special attention to understanding the ethical and social change implications of conducting research and engaging in scholarship. They apply their knowledge and skills by developing elements of simple research plans for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7012

Understanding School Budgets and Allocating Resources

Research on effective schools provides guidance on the most productive ways to organize time, people, money, technology, and other resources. To use these resources most effectively, leaders need to have a strategy that defines the most important priorities, the overall educational design, and the organizational structures that best match the necessary goals for improvement. Education professionals will study and interpret budget documents as they relate to the district at large and then to their portion of the budget as a school. Education leaders will research about writing and seeking grants to enhance a school's or district's options to improve student learning. Effective leaders need to be able to link whole-school strategic plans to effective instructional practices and improved use of time and money. Education leaders must focus on school improvement, improving teaching quality, and organizing and allocating staff and other resources in the most effective way to continuously improve student performance.  

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7044

Leadership and Management for Change in Education

Building on the core knowledge from earlier courses, students will engage the emerging theories of leadership that reflect the current challenges in culturally responsive education, and the research on motivation and performance. The focus is on entrepreneurial and creative solutions, which reach across P–20 learning organizations to effect positive social change in education.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7013

Creating and Maintaining Safe, Effective, and Positive Learning Environments

Effective education leaders demonstrate and collaboratively develop capabilities to foster cultures for learning based on mutual respect among students, teachers, staff, parents, and the larger community. Strategies for fairly and effectively administering discipline and resolving conflict are addressed. This course is intended to help leaders understand and treat individual and group differences and potential conflict as opportunities for developing the dispositions, knowledge, and skills that result in social competencies essential to civic participation and interpersonal effectiveness in school and beyond. Education leaders will leave with the knowledge gained from a better understanding of how to address disruptive student behavior and how to deescalate conversations as well as confrontations that are an everyday reality in the school setting. Leaders will also study issues related to safety and violence in schools, considering both methods of prevention and ways to respond to unsafe and violent situations. They can learn how to call upon district and community resources to preserve safety and well-being of the school's population of students and personnel.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7014

Recruiting and Retaining Effective School Personnel

Education leaders study human resources policies and practices for recruiting, selecting, hiring, inducting, developing, evaluating, and retaining or dismissing school personnel. Identifying teachers' needs for professional growth is important, but leaders must also ensure that teachers have the opportunity and motivation to use their professional expertise and to participate in ongoing substantial professional development focused on enhancing the learning of every student. Education leaders have the opportunity to evaluate school personnel and ensure teachers are utilized in their areas of strength within the school, and that teachers also receive support and training in any needed areas to promote student learning. They can become knowledgeable about how to hire and retain their novice teachers in order to reduce teacher turnover. As well, school leaders must be able to identify characteristics of productive teacher evaluation processes and programs; distinguish between supervising teaching and supervising learning; and utilize a process and structure for evaluating school personnel that is productive and supportive, motivates improvement, results in retention of highly competent staff members, embodies standards of due process, and takes into account the provisions of the contractual agreements for staff.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7900

EdS Capstone Project: Creating and Supporting Effective Educational Practices

Effective education leaders promote meaningful change for all students, foster the use of effective practices, and sustain long-term program viability in diverse educational settings. Throughout the program course sequence, educators examine critical components to create and support continuous improvement. These skill sets are applied in this capstone course as educators create a project that promotes meaningful education and social change. Working in a consultative role as a school or district professional, the educator engages in a project to identify a problem within his or her academic and/or work environment and propose a solution in the form of draft recommendations for the school, district, or educational setting. Additionally, the educator projects how the proposed recommendations, if implemented, would be evaluated and sustained. A Capstone Project Rubric is used to guide in project development and evaluation.

(5 cr.)
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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 45 quarter credit hours $615 per semester hour $27,675
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $1,440


  $29,115*

*This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admission Requirements

Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply.

More information for international applicants.


An Educational Leadership Program Focused on Actionable Skills

Walden’s non-licensure EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership program focuses on developing entrepreneurial and creative solutions relevant to a variety of K–12 learning organizations. Explore leadership skills such as budgeting and recruiting, developing, and retaining talented educational professionals. Learn to collaborate with teachers, students, and families in order to lead meaningful improvements in instruction, learning, and achievement.

Meet Your Academic Team 

  • Tiffany Hamilton

    Program Director

    Dr. Hamilton is program director for several Education Specialist programs and the Doctor of Education (EdD) program. She is an experienced educational leader with a passion for building effective teams and learning organizations.

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  • Mary Hallums

    Mary Hallums

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Hallums is a contributing faculty member at Walden who worked in public school education for 37 years, much of it as a school- and district-level administrator. She spent five of those years as the director of an incentive program administering valuations for principals and teachers for 10 school districts.

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  • Jerry Collins

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Collins is a contributing faculty member at Walden with experience teaching grades 1–6. He also worked as an assistant professor while chairing dissertation committees and has extensive experience in K–12 leadership.

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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership program will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current literature and trends in education.
  • Effectively communicate with others (e.g., verbal, non-verbal, written, and technology-based).
  • Actively participate in addressing the diverse learning needs of students in the school community.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effectively managing resources to improve the learning environment.
  • Contribute to an effective learning environment to improve learning.
  • Demonstrate the use of technology that can be used to support student learning..
  • Use the results of published research to support student learning.
  • Demonstrate positive professional dispositions (professional conduct, professional qualities, communication, and collaboration).
  • Promote positive social change in the learning environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural responsiveness in interactions with students, teachers/faculty, staff, stakeholders, and the community.
  • Design a scholarly response to address an educational, administration, or leadership problem and contribute to the profession.

Career Outlook 

As the field of education evolves, there’s a growing need for school leaders who can innovatively address student achievement, organizational effectiveness, and faculty growth.

Earning an EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership can help you gain the expertise that brings new respect from peers, employers, and students. Elevate your career profile in less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn an EdD or PhD in Education—and transfer seamlessly into a doctorate program later if you choose to.

Walden’s educator community includes more than

59,500

alumni and more than 150 state teachers of the year.1

An EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership can position you to pursue career options such as:2

  • Teacher leader/Instructional coach
  • Dean of students
  • Program coordinator
  • Department chair

An EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership can position you to work in settings such as:

  • Public, private, and charter schools
  • School district central offices
  • State departments of education
  • Education agencies

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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