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 degree in the field of 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. This 30-credit hour academic program prepares candidates for education administration and leadership, with focus on the needs of diverse educational communities and building the practical skills and knowledge necessary to improve student learning and achievement on the local, state or national level.

GW’s program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 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 the academic requirements for administrative certification/licensure for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina 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 a variety of required internships.

Highlights

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 evidence based courses and leadership activities. Group work is incorporated in courses to simulate the skills and capacities needed in the workplace.
  • Applied Coursework: Expand your knowledge, skills, and add to your professional portfolio by applying course concepts in a series of real-world education leadership projects and activities.
  • Internships: Build authentic leadership experience through observation and participation in leadership opportunities and administrative internships, in diverse learning communities.
  • Practice-Based Instructors: Learn from GW faculty members who are active in the field in a variety of PK-12 education positions to gain practical and relevant insights in educational leadership.
Curriculum

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 an accelerated format in as little as 2 years.

The program includes courses and field experiences designed to meet the academic requirements for administrative certification/endorsement 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)

While most students intern at their employing school/district, individual placements are not guaranteed.

Program Outcomes

Successful completion of GW’s Master’s in the field of Educational Administration degree will prepare you for professional advancement as a leader in PK-12 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, resource allocation 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
Faculty
Associate Professor
(757) 269-2203
Assistant Professor
(757) 269-2229
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-7576
Assistant Professor
‭(571) 553-3772
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-4515
Associate Professor
(202) 994-0132
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-1342
Assistant Professor of Practice
(703) 299-0198
Assistant Professor of Practice
(757) 269-2217
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.

This program may also prepare qualified candidates for administrator/principal licensure, and has been designed to meet the administrative certification requirements of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and other interstate compact agreement partner states.

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
  • PK-12 Dean
  • Department chair
  • Director of admissions
  • Education advisor
  • Education consultant
  • Principal
  • Program director

Potential Employment Settings

  • Public, private or charter PK-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 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm

3, 4 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm

Certificate

Certificate Offered

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

Both the programs are ideal for students with an already earned master’s degree in education who may 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.

Admissions

Admissions

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

Application Requirements

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

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

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

Transformation Begins Here

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

In the News

GSEHD alumnus Jonathan Hochman (master's, Educational Administration and Leadership) has been named Principal of West Point High School in West Point, Virginia. He had been principal of Woodside High School, a distinguished performing arts magnet school in Newport News, since 2014.

GSEHD alumnus Chris Jones (master's, Educational Leadership and Administration; Ed.D., Education Administration and Policy Studies) has been named the new principal at Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Virginia.

GSEHD alumna Amber Davis (master's, educational administration) will be principal of two schools starting this fall. Ms. Davis will be principal at both Camden Early College and Camden County High School (South Carolina) this coming year, and she will also head a group that will study ways the two schools can work together most effectively.

GSEHD alumnus Hezekiah Massey (master's, educational leadership and administration) has been named the new principal of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Mr. Massey returns to Rock Hill after spending the past six years as the director of alternative programs and student intervention at Blue Eagle Academy in the nearby Clover School District.

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.