Academic programs
M.Ed. in educational leadership

The M.Ed. in educational leadership prepares school leaders who are able to translate authentic research on school leadership and society into quality practice.

The program aims to reveal new understandings related to education and society, advocate for inclusive equitable and safe learning environments, and connect those who study educational leadership with practitioners and policy makers.

Program concentrations

Administration and supervision

The administration and supervision concentration of the M.Ed. in educational leadership is a 33-credit-hour program that prepares individuals to fill positions as reflective leaders for schools. Applicants must possess an active five-year renewable educator license and are expected to have at least two years of experience in a school setting in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia. An end-of-program assessment is required. Individuals must meet technology standards approved by the Virginia Board of Education, and they must supply proof of child abuse and neglect recognition training. Individuals who successfully complete the program are eligible for endorsement as an administrator/supervisor K-12.

Degree requirements for the administration and supervision concentration »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

Leadership studies

The leadership studies concentration of the M.Ed. in educational leadership is a 30-credit-hour program for individuals who hold or expect to hold leadership positions in educational organizations but who do not wish to obtain the administration/supervision endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education. Applicants are expected to have at least two years of experience in an educational setting. The program includes 15 hours of credit in required courses and 15 hours in a concentrated series of electives chosen with approval of the student’s adviser.

Degree requirements for the leadership studies concentration »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

Barbara Driver, Ph.D.
Assistant professor and internship coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-1317
Email: bdriver@vcu.edu