M.Ed. Administration and Supervision Concentration


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“The best thing is the content I’ve been learning and getting to work with professors who are very easy to talk to and always open to taking questions. If you’re an educator and ready to get deep into everything that makes a difference in education, then I would say pursue VCU’s Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision.”

- Deanna Fierro, M.Ed. ’20

U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 annual list of “Best Online Programs” ranked VCU in a tie for No. 15 in the School of Education's online Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision Program category. The VCU School of Education was placed in a tie for No. 45 in the overall Master’s in Education Program category.

The administration and supervision concentration of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is a 33-credit-hour program that prepares individuals for endorsement as a K-12 administrator or supervisor.

Designed for working professionals, this program can be completed part-time in as little as 22 months, with coursework fully online. Applicants must possess an active renewable educator license and are expected to have at least two years of experience in a school setting in an instructional personnel position requiring licensure in Virginia. Individuals who successfully complete the program are eligible for endorsement as a K-12 administrator or supervisor.

At the end of the program, the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) is required.

This program offers:

  • Courses to prepare you for a Virginia licensure add-on endorsement in administration and supervision
  • Professional learning designed to prepare you as a transformative leader able to make a difference for teaching and student learning
  • Field-based learning experiences that extend course content
  • Tailored internship opportunities
  • Access to experienced faculty and instructor practitioners
  • On-line and face-to-face options*

*Online and in-person cohorts are determined by accepted student preference in late spring. The online application includes a program modality question that aids in our ability to identify interest and need in the different learning modalities.

Our online classes involve a combination of synchronous and asynchronous work. When registering, you can find specific details about the dates and times for synchronous sessions in the course description section. Your synchronous sessions for each class will be scheduled on either Tuesdays or Thursdays within the hours of 4-8 p.m., following an every other week schedule for about an hour to an hour and a half (no more than two hours).

Degree requirements for the administration and supervision concentration »

Please keep in mind exact course requirements may vary so consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any questions.

Tuition Discounts for Educators

A  20% discounted tuition rate is now automatically applied to students enrolled in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision program.

The School of Education (SOE) degree programs that lead to professional licensure are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The SOE has determined that the curriculum includes applicable educational prerequisites for the following professional licensure(s) and/or certification(s) as outlined on this page of our website.

Please keep in mind exact course requirements may vary so consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any questions.



How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Fall
Application deadline: April 1
Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Resources and Checklists

Application Checklist - M.Ed. Educational Leadership: Administration-Supervision [PDF]


  • VCU Graduate School requirements
  • Statement of intent that answers the following questions:
    • This is a program focusing on leadership. What are your reasons for applying to this program and what are the goals you will strive to achieve?
    • What evidence do you have that you are an effective educator?
    • Describe a situation when you were asked to solve a problem. What did you do? What was the outcome? What did you learn?
    • There are numerous reform movements in education. Choose one you are either for or against and explain why.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • Uploaded copy of active Virginia teacher license
  • Upload resume or CV that lists at least two years of experience in a school setting, which must be in a licensed instructional personnel position


Ready To Get Started?

Brandon Norris, Recruitment And Enrollment Counselor