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This 30-credit master's degree prepares candidates for leadership and management positions in a variety of educational settings. The program emphasizes an understanding of the complexities of change in schools, communities, and organizations. Participants are expected to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, continual knowledge acquisition, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision making, reflective practice, and successful achievement of all school-aged youth.

Banner Code: E1-MED-EDLE

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Core Requirements

EDLE 610Leading Schools and Communities3
EDLE 616Curriculum Development and Evaluation3
EDLE 618Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction3
EDLE 620Organizational Theory and Leadership3
EDLE 636Adult Motivation and Conflict Management in Education Settings: A Case Study Approach3
EDLE 690Using Research to Lead School Improvement3
Total Credits18

MEd without Concentration

Grades of B- or better are required for licensure.

EDLE 612Education Law3
EDLE 614Managing Financial and Human Resources3
EDLE 634Contemporary Issues in Education Leadership3
EDLE 791Internship in Educational Leadership 13
Total Credits12

MEd with Concentration in Independent School Leadership (non-licensure) (ISL)

This concentration is a non-licensure path within the Education Leadership program with a focus on the unique leadership and instructional needs of directors, heads of schools, and other professionals responsible for the growth and management of independent and private schools. Like other candidates in the Education Leadership program, students will develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision-making, reflective practice, and the successful achievement of all students, with an emphasis on the independent school context.


EDLE 613Education Law for Independent and Nonpublic Schools3
EDLE 615Managing Financial and Human Resources for Independent Schools3
EDLE 635Governance and the Independent School Boardroom3
EDLE 792Internship in Independent School Leadership3
Total Credits12

MEd with Concentration in Mathematics Specialist Leader (K–8) (MSLR)

This concentration is designed for working professionals. Students study mathematics content and pedagogy, teaching, curriculum and professional development. They also explore school-based leadership issues in mathematics education. The internship is an individual experience designed and developed in consultation with a faculty advisor or mentor. This program includes all coursework required for Virginia state licensure as a K-8 mathematics specialist and do not complete the Core requirements for the MEd in Education Leadership. Students must earn a B- or higher in all licensure coursework. Students who apply for this licensure must have three years of successful teaching experience in addition to the MEd degree.


EDCI 644Mathematics Learning and Assessment (K-8)3
EDCI 645Curriculum Development in Mathematics Education3
Three credits of3
Mathematics Education Leadership for School Change
EDCI 666Research in Mathematics Teaching3
EDCI 702Internship in Mathematics Education3
MATH 610Number Systems and Number Theory for K-8 Teachers3
MATH 611Geometry and Measurement for K-8 Teachers3
MATH 612Probability and Statistics for K-8 Teachers3
MATH 613Algebra and Functions for K-8 Teachers3
MATH 614Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for K-8 Teachers3
Total Credits30