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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Concentration in Leadership Studies

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“This program gave me the confidence and tools to be successful as a student affairs professional. I’m so satisfied that I’m pursuing my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership here as well.”

- Ra'meer Roberts, M.Ed. ’20

The leadership studies concentration of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is a 30-credit-hour program for individuals pursuing educational leadership roles. Through a highly individualized program, students explore essential leadership theory and practice through participation in a rigorous core course of study emphasizing equity and social justice, complemented by individualized course options. The program includes 15 credit hours in required courses and 15 credit hours in a concentrated series of interdisciplinary electives chosen with approval of the student’s adviser.

Designed for working professionals, this program can be completed in as little as 16 months. Applicants are expected to have at least two years of experience in an educational setting.

This program offers:

  • 15 credit hours in required courses that provide core knowledge and skills essential to effective leadership
  • 15 credit hours in a concentrated series of electives tailored to your interests in leadership (chosen with advisor approval)
  • Field-based learning experiences
  • Access to experienced faculty and instructor practitioners

Degree requirements for the leadership studies concentration »

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

If you are a current Virginia educator interested in the add-on administration/supervision endorsement, please see our Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership.



How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Fall
Application deadline: May 1
Note: Late applications reviewed on a case-by-case basis
Application checklist [PDF]

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