Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration

Learn to Lead Learning Excellence

Further your leadership abilities in education with the holistic understanding of curriculum design, motivation, support and innovation in instruction gained through a Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the George Washington University (GW).

The certificate is designed for students who hold an earned master’s degree in education and desire to pursue positions in PK-12 leadership. This accelerated 18 credit hour academic program gives you the opportunity to complete the academic requirements in as little as one year and be positioned to apply for administrative endorsement/licensure.

Through coursework and a variety of required activities and internships, students will synthesize and apply their knowledge to build a broader foundation in leadership and management, change, communication, administration, supervision, human relations, resource allocation, and policy and legal issues in diverse learning communities.

This accelerated graduate certificate program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

Students seeking this graduate certificate program may apply for financial aid. Additionally, students who desire to pursue the Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, have the ability to transfer these GW Educational Administration graduate certificate earned credit hours into the Education Specialist (EdS) degree program in Educational Leadership and Administration as defined by GSEHD policies.

Completion of the Educational Leadership post master’s certificate 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 partners

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Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration Courses

GW’s Post-master's Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration consists of 18-credit hours and can be completed in 1 year.

Curriculum (18 credit hours)

This program is offered on multiple campuses and online.

  • EDUC 6232 Supervision of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6234 Foundations of K-12 Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6236 School Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6240 Instructional Leadership for School Improvement (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.

Certificate Outcomes

  • The Educational Leadership post master’s certificate utilizes research-based coursework and real-world education leadership projects to help you apply crucial concepts and build your professional leadership and administration portfolio. You will develop specialized skills that promote high-quality student achievement include planning, change management, research analysis and supervisory strategy.
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Career Outlook

Career Outlook

The post-master’s certificate in Educational Leadership & Administration program prepares you to promote high-quality student achievement as a leader in various PK-12 school-based and central office positions. Nationally recognized by CAEP, this program includes courses and required internship experiences designed to meet administrative certification/licensure requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and other states that honor interstate compact agreements.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services, elementary, middle and high school principals earned a median $87,760 annual salary in 2012, with jobs in the field expected to grow 6% by 2022.1 Administrative services managers earned a median $81,080 in 2012, with jobs expected to grow 12% by 2022.2

Educational Leadership and Administration Career Opportunities

  • Assistant principals
  • Principals
  • Central office administrators
  • Policymakers

Potential Employment Settings

  • PK-12 public, private or charter schools
  • Higher education institutions

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

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

Educational Leadership Programs


    Program Entry: Summer, Fall
    Prerequisites: Master's 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

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

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Dr. Matthew Shirrell has been selected as a 2020 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow! With the generous support of the Spencer Foundation, this program encourages outstanding researchers at the postdoctoral level to pursue critical education research projects.

Dr. Rebecca A. Thessin and Karen Seashore Louis published “The principal’s role has changed: Is principal learning keeping up?” in the April 2020 issue of The Learning Professional.

GSEHD alumna Diana (Cotter) Brown (Post-Master's Certificate and EdS, Educational Leadership and Administration) received a 4-year appointment to serve on the Virginia Latino Advisory Board to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Ms. Brown is an Assistant Principal at Landstown Elementary in Virginia Beach.

For more information, please request information or contact our admission office at or 202-994-9283.