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 licensure in this area. Successful completion of this program of study will 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicant must have/completed the following:

  • A collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate 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 may be required.

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.