Educational Leadership with licensure (EdS)

Transforming today’s educators into tomorrow’s leaders, with web-based live classes, taught by professors with real world experience.

This degree is primarily designed to prepare individuals who hold a master's degree in an area of education (aside from educational leadership) and do not have a license in administration supervision PreK-12. Your course work provides 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 (27 credits)

  • ELS 800  Strategic Leadership and Management for School Improvement
    (This course is required during the first semester of the program.)
  • ELS 801  Accountability and Organizational Improvement
  • ELS 802  Educational Politics and Policymaking
  • ELS 810  Strategic Communication and External Relations
  • ELS 827  Learning Theories and Professional Development 
  • ELS 828  Instructional Leadership and Supervision
  • ELS 853  Educational Finance and Budgeting
  • ELS 857  Educational Law and Ethics
  • ELS 660  Program Evaluation, Research, and Planning

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.

Please visit the department's web page for details.

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 (Ed.S.) Careers

  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Department Lead
  • Curriculum Leader
  • Lead Teacher
  • Curriculum Supervisor
  • Data Instructional Leader

Admission Information

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

  1. meet all standard University requirements for admission;
  2. have a masters degree in an education-related field or another area and hold no license in Administration and Supervision PreK-12;
  3. currently be employed by a public or privately accredited school division/district;
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Write a one page, single-spaced statement about a contemporary and critical issue facing educational leaders. Address the following:
    i. What is the contemporary issue and why is it critical?
    ii. Why is this issue relevant to school and/or division leaders?
    iii. What role should school and/or division leaders play in addressing this issue and how?

Please see the department's web page for additional information.

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.