Academic programs

M.Ed. in educational leadership

The M.Ed. in educational leadership prepares graduates to be transformative leaders who successfully lead educational organizations. Coursework is specially designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to meet contemporary challenges and make a difference for teaching and student learning.

If you are ready to develop your leadership potential as a school or district level administrator, supervisor, superintendent, or other leader, our program offers:

  • Rigorous field-based learning experiences
  • Opportunities to practice skills leaders need to improve schools, including high-needs schools
  • Award winning faculty and experienced professors of practice
  • Online and face-to-face options
  • A degree in as little as 16 months

The Master’s in Educational Leadership Program offers concentrations in Administration and Supervision and Leadership Studies.

Choose the concentration that’s right for you and get ready to make a difference!

Program concentrations

Administration and supervision

The administration and supervision concentration of the M.Ed. in educational leadership is a 33-credit-hour program that prepares individuals for endorsement as an administrator/supervisor K-12.

Designed for working professionals, this program can be completed in as little as 16 months. Applicants must possess an active five-year renewable educator license and are expected to have at least two years of experience in a school setting in an instructional personnel position requiring licensure in Virginia. Individuals who successfully complete the program are eligible for endorsement as an administrator/supervisor K-12.

An end-of-program assessment is required.

This program offers:

  • Courses to prepare you for endorsement in administration and supervision
  • Professional learning designed to prepare you as a transformative leader able to make a difference for teaching and student learning
  • Field-based learning experiences that extend course content
  • Tailored Internship opportunities
  • Access to experienced faculty and instructor practitioners
  • On-line and face-to-face options

Degree requirements for the administration and supervision concentration »

Please keep in mind exact course requirements may vary so consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any questions.

Leadership studies

The leadership studies concentration of the M.Ed. in educational leadership is a 30-credit-hour program for individuals who hold or expect to hold leadership positions in educational organizations but who do not wish to obtain the administration/supervision endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education.

Designed for working professionals, this program can be completed in as little as 16 months. Applicants are expected to have at least two years of experience in an educational setting.

This program offers:

  • 15 credit hours in required courses that provide core knowledge and skills essential to effective leadership
  • 15 credit hours in a concentrated series of electives tailored to your interests in leadership (chosen with advisor approval)
  • Field-based learning experiences
  • Access to experienced faculty and instructor practitioners

Degree requirements for the leadership studies concentration »

Please keep in mind exact course requirements may vary so consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any questions.

To apply, refer to our Application Checklist for directions.

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

Barbara Driver, Ph.D.
Assistant professor and internship coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-1317
Email: bdriver@vcu.edu