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PK-12 Educational Leadership

M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership

Educational Administration and Supervision, preK-12 licensure

This Master of Science in Education prepares you for leadership roles in schools and school districts. The program leads to full Commonwealth of Virginia Licensure in Educational Administration and Supervision, Pre-K-12. Your course work will provide conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical field experience.

Program Themes

  • Leadership for school improvement
  • Data analysis and decision making
  • Strategic human resource and fiscal management
  • Establishing and leading professional collaborative communities

Educational Leadership Careers

  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Department Lead
  • Curriculum Leader
  • Lead Teacher
  • Curriculum Supervision
  • Data Instructional Leader
  • Curriculum

Content Courses (24 credits)

ELS 700 Strategic Leadership and Management for School Improvement*
ELS 701 Accountability and Organizational Improvement
ELS 702 Educational Politics and Policymaking
ELS 710 Strategic Communication and External Relations
ELS 727 Learning Theories and Professional Development
ELS 728 Instructional Leadership and Supervision
ELS 753 Educational Finance and Budgeting
ELS 757 Educational Law and Ethics

* This course is required during the first semester of the program.

Clinical Experiences (6 credits)

ELS 668: Internship in Educational Leadership (100 hours)
ELS 669: Instructional Internship (100 hours)

An additional 120 hours of internship hours are embedded throughout the Content Coursework above

While applicants do not have to have three years of educational experience to apply to the program, to become eligible for an Administration and Supervision preK-12 license in the Commonwealth of Virginia the candidate must have completed three years of successful, full-time experiences in a public or accredited nonpublic school in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia.