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.
Option 1 and Option 2 result in candidate application for licensure (PK-12 Supervision endorsement) in Virginia.
- Option 1 (Master of Science in Educational Leadership 36 hours)
- Option 2 (Master of Science in Educational Leadership 30 hours)
Alternative licensing options exist in Virginia but are limited - contact the Program Coordinator or Program Staff for information related to endorsement options not listed.
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
- 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