Educational Leadership

The College of Education is revising the Educational Leadership (Administration &Supervision) endorsement program and is not currently accepting applications. If you are interested in receiving information regarding this program including updates and future plans, please contact Graduate Admissions at 540-286-8030 or via email at to join our mailing list


The Education Leadership Program at the University of Mary Washington is designed to prepare skilled, reflective, and responsive school leaders who are well-equipped to meet the needs of diverse learners in our 21st-century schools.

As a student in our program, you will not only gain a thorough understanding of research-based best practices in educational leadership but also the skills needed to successfully manage the practical aspects of school administration and supervision.


The educational leadership program is offered in a cohort format and fulfills school administration and supervision requirements.

The College of Education at the University of Mary Washington offers two ways for you to earn the Virginia Administration and Supervision endorsement:

  • Master of Education degree
  • 24-credit post-graduate endorsement (This option is for students who already hold master’s degrees. Post-graduate endorsement students move through the program with master’s degree students, but they are exempt from certain classes.)
  • All students in the educational leadership program are required to complete an internship. You will accrue a total of 320 internship hours by completing embedded experiences in the core courses, shadowing a local building-level administrator, and doing an intense internship in the field.
  • Students are admitted as a cohort in the fall and attend classes two nights a week for two years (six successive semesters including summers for M.Ed. completion; four successive semesters including summer for endorsement courses only)
  • All students in the educational leadership program must receive a qualifying score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) to qualify for the endorsement.


The 30-hour master’s degree in Education Leadership fulfills Virginia’s requirements for licensure in Administration and Supervision PK-12. Courses are offered on campus and through cohorts at local and regional locations.

After being admitted into the Education Leadership program, participants who already have a master’s degree and have completed three years of teaching may complete only the licensure course work for the Administration and Supervision PK-12 license. The licensure course work is the first 24 credits of the master’s degree program and must be taken in the required sequence shown below.

The Educational Leadership program at the University of Mary Washington is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and meets all of the requirements of the Virginia Department of Education.


All courses are 3 credits 

INDT 545 Organizational Leadership in Educational Technology
EDEL 548* Evaluation for Instructional Improvement
EDCI 590 Individual Research
EDEL 539* Special Education Leadership in Schools
EDEL 540* Leadership for Learning and Diverse Student Populations
EDEL 541 Developing, Administering, and Evaluating Curriculum
EDEL 542* Managing Schools and School-Community Relationships
EDEL 543* Professional Development and Supervision of School Personnel
EDEL 545* School Law and Society
EDEL 546* Educational Policy and Decision Making
EDEL 547 Literacy Leadership for Administrators
EDEL 551* Internship in Educational Leadership
*Required for post-graduate endorsement (24 credits)

Find out how to apply


Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032