Departments
Educational Leadership

The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership is to prepare school leaders who are able to translate authentic research on school leadership and society into quality practice.

Our programs, offered at the doctoral, master’s and post-master’s certificate level, address real-world problems that you’ll encounter in the fields of education and leadership, meaning you’ll come away with the skills and confidence needed to manage and influence educational organizations. Find an educational leadership program that suits you.

Along the way, you’ll be learning with (and working alongside) a faculty and staff that is second to none. Internationally-renowned and recognized as leaders in research, pedogogy and practice, our team provides the guidance and support you need to fully explore your areas of interest. Learn more about those who make the Department of Educational Leadership what it is.

Reveal, advocate, connect

At the Department of Educational Leadership, our motto is reveal, advocate, connect. We believe a well-rounded education should:

  • Reveal new understandings related to education and society, and translate that knowledge into practice
  • Advocate for inclusive, equitable and safe learning environments
  • Connect those who study educational leadership with practitioners and policy makers

But those three words are more than just a motto to us — here are a few ways our faculty, staff and students are putting those tenets to use every day.

Law symposium attendees pose.

Putting school safety first

Our inaugural Educational Law and Policy Symposium focused on preparing and maintaining secure 21st-century schools.

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Leading Virginia schools

Dr. Rodney L. Berry, a graduate of our Ph.D. program, will serve as the new superintendent of Nottoway County Public Schools.

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Contact us

For more information about the department or our programs, please feel free to contact us at (804) 828-8736 or itwatson@vcu.edu, or stop by our offices (Room 2106 in Oliver Hall).

Mailing address
VCU School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
P.O. Box 842020
Oliver Hall, Room 2106
1015 Main Street
Richmond, VA 23284-2020