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Educational Specialist

Department of Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) education specialist degree prepares students to lead and promote high-quality student achievement at a district, sub-district, or school-wide level.  Graduates are prepared to be PK-12 leaders who understand curriculum design, instructional excellence, motivation and support of the classroom professionals, the broader community, and needs of diverse learning communities.

The Education Specialist academic program includes courses and field experiences designed to meet administrative certification requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and other states that honor interstate compact agreements.

The ELA program emphasizes leadership and management, change, communication, administrative and legal issues, human relations, supervision of instruction, curricculum analysis and more.


Program Faculty

Jennifer Clayton
  • Jennifer
  • Assistant Professor
  • Education Administration
  •  (757) 269-2203
Jocelyn Drakeford
  • Jocelyn
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Educational Leadership
  •  (703) 299-0198
Linda Lemasters
  • Linda
  • Associate Professor
  • Education Administration
  •  (757) 269-2218
Marian Robinson
Kelly Sherrill Linkous
  • Kelly
    Sherrill Linkous
  • Assistant Professor
  • Educational Administration
  •  (703) 726-3772
Abe Tekleselassie
  • Abe
  • Assistant Professor
  • Education Administration
  •  (202) 994-0132
Rebecca Thessin
  • Rebecca
  • Assistant Professor
  • Educational Administration
  •  703-726-8588
James Tucker
  • James
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Educational Administration
  •  (757) 269-2217

We review applications on a rolling basis.  Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible.  

Fast Facts

Courses Required (minimum)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Online
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


  • Alexandria Graduate Education Center
  • Hampton Roads Center
  • Virginia Science & Technology Campus
  • Online

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