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Educational Leadership- Admin. & Supervision K-12 (MSEd)
Transforming today's educators into tomorrow's leaders, with web-based live classes, taught by professors with real world experience.

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 include:

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

Educational Leadership Careers

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


Content Courses (24 credits)

• ELS 700 Strategic Leadership and Management for School Improvement (This course is required during the first semester of the program.)

• 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

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.  

Admission Information:

To be considered for admission to this Master's program, you must:

• meet all standard University requirements for admission;

• have an undergraduate point average of 2.80 overall and 3.00 in the major;

• provide two letters of recommendation on school or district letterhead. One must be from your principal (or immediate supervisor if you work outside of the school within a district) and one from another supervisor;

• write a one page, single-spaced statement that explains the following:
- Your professional experiences and professional goals.
- Specific ways you hope to improve public education as an educational leader.
- How this degree will help you address your professional goals.

• write a one page, single-spaced statement about a contemporary and critical issue facing educational leaders. Address the following:
- What is the contemporary issue and why is it critical?
- Why is this issue relevant to school and/or division leaders?
- What role should school and/or division leaders play in addressing this issue and how?

• be currently be employed by a public or accredited nonpublic school division/district.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Karen L. Sanzo, Program Coordinator
Education Building, Room 120
Educational Leadership Program
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0157
(757) 683-5163; Fax (757) 683-5756
E-mail:  ksanzo@odu.edu