Educational Leadership

The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership is to prepare visionary scholars and leaders who promote equity, inclusiveness, and justice across a variety of spheres.

We achieve this through an interdisciplinary integration of theory, research, and practice.

Students engage in coursework, activities and projects that promote a deeper understanding for providing equitable educational opportunities for inclusive communities.

Intensive study of general, PreK-12, and higher education leadership policy and practice offers students opportunities to examine complex issues across a variety of contexts.

Students work alongside dedicated, diverse, and internationally-recognized faculty that foster learning environments centered on intellectual integrity and advocacy.

Our Key Values

  1. Leadership for Social Justice: Ensure that each student is treated fairly, respectfully, and with understanding of each student’s culture and context.
  2. Leadership for Ethical Organization: Act ethically and according to professional norms to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
  3. Leadership for Equity and Achievement: Strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
  4. Leadership for Scholastic Excellence: Develop and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
  5. Leadership for Community Engagement: Engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Graduates enact these key values by leading learning environments that are equitable and safe, bringing evidenced-informed perspectives to their work as both scholars and practitioners, and by empowering and building teams they lead.

Our Programs

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a variety of graduate degree and endorsement programs that fit many career and professional development goals."

Contact us

For more information about the department or our programs, please feel free to contact us at (804) 828-8736 or, or stop by our offices (Room 1055 in Oliver Hall).

Mailing address
VCU School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Oliver Hall, Room 1055
1015 Main Street
Richmond, VA 23284-2020