Departments
Educational Leadership degree/certificate programs

From Ed.D to M.Ed., our programs prepare future leaders by emphasizing authentic research and critical thinking about schools, leadership and society, and translating that knowledge into quality practice.

Our programs

Individuals who complete either the administration and supervision concentration of the M.Ed. or the post-master’s certificate may qualify for endorsement by the Virginia Department of Education as a K-12 principal/supervisor.

The M.Ed.’s leadership studies track is offered for individuals who wish to study leadership in educational settings but do not wish to seek a position as a school administrator.

Ph.D. vs. Ed.D.

Having trouble deciding which doctorate program is right for you? There are a few key differences in our two terminal degree programs that may help point you in the right direction:

Our Ph.D. program is designed for those interested in critically examining leadership in education. This program is conceptualized as a set of learning experiences that allow students to grow from being consumers to producers of research that draws inspiration from real-world problems of education and leadership.

Emphasis in this program is placed on conducting problem-finding, problem-solving and especially translational research. Students also produce a dissertation at the conclusion of this program.

Our Ed.D. program, meanwhile, provide leaders with authentic experiences, appropriate knowledge and skills and opportunities for reflection that will enable them to succeed in organizational leadership positions. Three analytic lenses — equity, accountability and learning environments — guide learning activities and enable students from varying backgrounds to consider learning through common perspectives.

Emphasis in our Ed.D. program is placed on practice, experiences and case study-based learning. Students complete a capstone project at the end of this program, rather than a disseration.