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


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.   

Additional details can be found on the department's web pages.

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $464
Students living outside of Virginia $501
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1160

Rates are effective Fall 2015 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details, including fees and deadlines.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.

Educational Leadership Careers

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

Admission Information

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

  1. meet all standard University requirements for admission;
  2. have an undergraduate point average of 2.80 overall and 3.00 in the major;
  3. 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; 
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. be currently be employed by a public or accredited nonpublic  school division/district.

Learning Environment

Courses in this program may be offered in these technologies:

Online synchronous: Access course material online from any location and participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings.

Practicum / Internship: A practicum or internship is a required part of this program.