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Master in Educational Leadership

The Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare professional personnel to fill positions as preK-12 school principals or instructional supervisors in Virginia. Endorsement in administration in Virginia requires a minimum of three years of successful K-12 teaching experience prior to beginning a graduate program in this area. Successful completion of this program of study would lead to a license in preK-12 school administration and supervision.

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Option 1 and Option 2 result in candidate application for licensure (PK-12 Supervision endorsement) in Virginia.

Alternative licensing options exist in Virginia but are limited - contact the Program Coordinator or Program Staff for information related to endorsement options not listed.

Admission Requirements

Applicant must have/completed the following:

  • A collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license
  • A minimum of three years successful K-12 classroom teaching experience
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate work attempted sent to the Graduate College
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which is from the most recent principal and one from current superintendent or designee sent to the Graduate College
  • Writing sample which details applicant’s philosophy of teaching and learning and administrative aspirations (two  pages typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. Font, with one-inch margins) sent to the Graduate College
  • Official test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) factored  in with undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) to derive acceptable cutoffs
  • An admission interview with the Program Director of the Educational Leadership Program

Program Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA with no more than one C allowed during program completion
  • Completion of a final comprehensive exam during the last semester of the student's program of study