Master's in Educational Leadership and Administration

Foster a Thriving Learning Culture

Position yourself to become a principal or administrator with the ability to lead a culture of teaching and learning, and inspire your school community to reach ever-higher goals with a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration.

For more than 30 years, GW’s graduate programs in Educational Leadership and Administration have fostered exceptional leadership skills in students. In this education administration degree program, you will focus on the needs of diverse educational communities and build the practical skills and knowledge necessary to improve student learning on the local, state or national level.

GW’s program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). Completion of this degree may also prepare qualified candidates for principal or administrator licensure. This program’s courses and internship experiences are designed to meet administrative certification requirements for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and other interstate compact agreement partner states.

Gain practical instruction in leadership, management, supervision of instruction and general supervisory principles from faculty members who are active in education, and develop your experience first-hand through two required internships.


Why a GW Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration?

  • Tradition of Excellence: Join the community of exceptional educational leaders that GW has been cultivating for more than 30 years.
  • Team Leadership: Gain valuable experience and surround yourself with different perspectives through group work and team leadership activities. Group work is incorporated in every course to simulate the workplace.
  • Applied Coursework: Expand your knowledge and skills, and build on your professional portfolio by applying course concepts in a series of real-world education leadership projects.
  • Internships: Build authentic leadership experience through observation and participation in two administrative internships, including a semester-long leadership project.
  • Practice-Based Instructors: Learn from GW faculty members who are active in the field in a variety of K-12 education positions to gain practical insights in educational leadership.

Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration Courses

GW’s Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration is a 30-credit master’s degree and can be completed in as little as 2 years.

The 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.

Curriculum (30 credit hours)

  • EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6232 Supervision of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6234 Foundations of K12 Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6236 School Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6238 Leadership for Equity and Social Justice (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6240 Instructional Leadership for School Improvement (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6242 Administrative Issues in Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6244 School, Family, and Community Engagement (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6246 School Finance and Resource Management for School Leaders (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6287 Internship: Administration (3 credits)

Program Outcomes

Successful completion of GW’s Master’s in Education Administration degree will prepare you for professional advancement as a leader in education with strong technical, conceptual, political and leadership skills, including:

  • Mastery of theoretical and practical aspects of leadership, planning and change processes
  • Demonstration of knowledge of critical issues in supervision, instruction evaluation and policy
  • Ability to promote excellence, equity and efficiency in education
  • Develop and maintain educational administration through applied research and practice in methodological, historical, social, economic and political contexts
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Career Outlook

Career Outlook

Earn your Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration from the George Washington University (GW) and broaden your opportunities for a leadership position within your school, district or in higher education.

With a median pay of $87,760 per year in 20121, a leadership position in elementary, middle and high school, such as principal, can offer a significant earning potential. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for school principals will also grow 6% by 2022.2

Positions for postsecondary education administrators are expected to grow even faster in number, with a 15% increase by 2022.3 These roles had a median salary of $86,490 per year in 2012.4

Educational Administration Career Opportunities

  • Assistant principal
  • Athletic director
  • Central office administrator
  • Dean
  • Department chair
  • Director of admissions
  • Education advisor
  • Education consultant
  • Higher education instructor
  • Principal
  • Program director

Potential Employment Settings

  • Public, private or charter P-12 schools
  • Higher education institutions
  • Government departments or agencies
  • Consulting organizations

1, 2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at

3, 4 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at


Certificate Offered

GW offers a Post-master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration and an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration (campus or online).

Both the programs are ideal for students with a master’s degree in education who seek further professional preparation for specific objectives. Completion of the Education Specialist degree or post-master’s certificate may prepare qualified candidates for administrator/principal licensure.



Program Entry: Spring, Summer, Fall
Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree, minimum of one year of teaching experience
Campus: Alexandria, Hampton Roads, Online

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (at least 1 from a current administrator preferred)
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions page.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the MA in Educational Leadership and Administration program located on campus (202) 994-0491 or online (844-386-7323).

In the News

GSEHD alumna Amy Cashwell (master's, Education Administration and Supervision; Ed.D., Education Administration and Policy Studies) has been named Superintendent of Henrico Schools (Virginia). Dr. Cashwell, currently the chief academic officer for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, will take over July 1 for retiring Henrico Superintendent Pat Kinlaw. She will be the first woman to lead the county’s school system. In 2016, Dr. Cashwell was named "Outstanding Leader of the Year" by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education for her role in launching a school-based instructional technology support program. And in 2017, she was named a "Top 30 Technology, Transformer and Trailblazer Across America" by the Center for Digital Education.

GSEHD alumna Wendy Gonzalez Cauley (master's, Educational Leadership and Administration; Ed.D., Education Administration and Policy Studies) will be the next Superintendent of Page County Public Schools in Virginia. Dr. Gonzalez Cauley has been the Director of Teaching, Learning and Accountability for Charles City County Public Schools since 2015. She comes to this new position with 23 years of experience as a teacher, school improvement coach, dean of students and assistant principal.

Current GSEHD student and GW Student Association Senator Tyrell Garner (master's, Educational Administration and Leadership) was quoted in The Hatchet's article, "Officials pilot diversity trainings during freshman orientation."

GSEHD alumna Katy Richman (master's, educational leadership and administration) has been named principal of Woodburn Elementary School in Falls Church, VA. Ms. Richman has served as the assistant principal at Parklawn Elementary School since 2016.

GSEHD alumnus Dr. Jared Cotton (master's and Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Administration) has been appointed as the new Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools in Virginia. (Dr. Cotton was recently named Virginia Superintendent of the Year.)