ELA: Loudoun County Public Schools Cohort


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Educational Leadership and Administration

Loudoun County Public Schools Cohort




A Partnership with Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools

The Educational Leadership & Administration (ELA) program prepares aspiring educational leaders for equity-centered leadership roles as a principal, mid-level administrator, and instructional supervisor, in school districts, national organizations, and beyond. Convenient and flexible classes for the Master's and Education Specialist degree/s and the Post-Master’s Certificate are predominantly held on-site at an LCPS building, but could include online study as LCPS site availability may present.

Candidates in the program for LCPS engage in coursework and high-quality internships that build their capacities in equitable leadership while being committed to creating supportive and inclusive communities by engaging knowledge and tools to integrate theory into practice in their profession and county focus on local issues.


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Reduced Tuition
For information on any available tuition discounts for employees of Loudoun County, please contact education@gwu.edu or 202-994-9283.


Hands-On Experience
Acquire critical skills in equity-centered leadership, management, supervision of instruction and related principles through evidence-based coursework, group work, observation, and high-quality internships.


Streamlined Time to Completion
The cohort offered and accelerated part-time program/s allow students to earn their graduate certificate in as little as 12 months or a degree in 15 months.


Tradition of Excellence
For 30+ years, our faculty, who are research productive and possess extensive professional and practitioner experience at the local, state, national and international levels, have prepared students for leadership roles in PreK-12 education.



Explore and Choose the ELA Program that Matches Your Career Goals


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Master's Degree

If you are seeking a master's degree or hold a master's in a different subject, have at least one year teaching experience, and are interested in advancing your skills in ELA, you might consider our Master's program.

Explore the Master's Degree >

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Post-Master's Certificate

If you currently hold a master's degree, have at least one year of teaching experience, and are interested in advancing your skills in ELA, you might consider the Post-Master's Certificate. Upon successful completion, if additional requirements are met, you may have the opportunity to transfer the certificate credit hours toward the EdS in ELA degree.

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Education Specialist

Alternatively, if you currently hold a master's degree in a subject other than ELA and have at least one year of teaching experience, you could pursue the EdS in ELA.

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Our advanced graduate programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and recognized by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA). The ELA master's, education specialist, and post-master's certificate programs include courses and internship experiences designed to meet the academic requirements and eligibility for administrative certification/licensure in the District of Columbia. Learn more about advanced certification and licensure in DC and other states >



 Apply Now

GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program.

Ready to take the next step in your career? Review our step-by-step guide to applying to GSEHD >

To learn more about the program, admission process, tuition, and financial aid, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at education@gwu.edu or 202-994-9283.

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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree, minimum of one year of teaching experience

  • Resume

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities

  • Statement of Purpose (500-750 word essay): Please address the following statements in an essay (please avoid using bullets and numbers in responding, but demonstrate your writing skills in a coherent essay):
    • Rationale for seeking a Post-Master’s Certificate in the field of Educational Administration and Administration at GW;
    • Current knowledge, skills, and leadership experiences that contribute to your readiness to assume an administrative role as an equity-centered leader;
    • Vision for serving as a leader who advocates and promotes equity, diversity, inclusion, and transformative practices in your ;school and communities.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (at least 1 from a current administrator preferred)

  • Interview may be required

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.

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We are accepting applications for the Fall 2024 Cohort.

Application Timeline Fall 2024

Fully Completed App Deadline

Aug 1

We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Be sure to allow enough time before the application deadline to complete any testing needed (English proficiency, etc.) and receive those scores, as well as to request recommendations, transcripts or other supporting documentation required.