This certificate, a state-approved (Virginia) sequence of courses leading to the Administration and Supervision PreK-12 endorsement area, is designed for educators who already hold a valid teaching license and already have a master's degree from a regionally accredited university. 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.

This graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis and may be added as a secondary program of study by current Mason students who meet the admission requirements and are enrolled in non-licensure graduate programs. This certificate option is available to students enrolled in the Education Leadership program and not in the Education Leadership with Special Education Concentration (SELE).


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-EDLE

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15-24

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Coursework (without concentration) 

EDLE 610Leading Schools and Communities3
EDLE 612Education Law3
EDLE 614Managing Financial and Human Resources3
EDLE 616Curriculum Development and Evaluation3
EDLE 618Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction3
EDLE 620Organizational Theory and Leadership3
EDLE 690Using Research to Lead School Improvement3
EDLE 791Internship in Educational Leadership3
Total Credits24

Concentration in International School Leadership Practice (ISLP)

EDLE 610Leading Schools and Communities3
EDLE 615Managing Financial and Human Resources for Independent Schools3
EDLE 616Curriculum Development and Evaluation3
EDLE 620Organizational Theory and Leadership3
EDUC 628Curriculum for IB Leadership3
Total Credits15