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Educational Leadership

A best practice review is currently underway in this program - applications are not being accepted at this time.

The educational leadership master's degree is for teachers who hold at least a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional License or equivalent from another state, have taught successfully for at least two years, and wish to pursue a career in school administration and/or supervision.

If you already hold a master's degree, please consider our professional endorsement program.  Click here for more information. 

Students are provided preparation for administrative and/or supervisory roles in public and private schools. A six-credit internship (two subsequent 3-credit semesters - 320 clock hours) must be taken and scheduled during the last two semesters.  Continuous enrollment in EDUC 690 is required until completion of all 320 clock hours.

Students wishing to obtain the administrative and supervisory preK-12 endorsement must take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) before applying to the Virginia Department of Education for the endorsement and have taught successfully for at least three (3) years. Students should take the SLLA no earlier than the final semester  and have scores sent to Longwood University.



Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

NOTE: Students are cautioned to work closely with their advisors in planning their studies since some courses have prerequisites and are sequenced to begin with the fall semester.


Program Requirements

Core Requirements:  (9) Complete the following nine credits.

  • EDUC 502 Research Design (3) (Required during the first nine hours)
  • EDUC 571 Foundations of Instruction and Learning Theory (3)
  • EDUC 671 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction and Instructional Programs (3)

Educational Leadership Requirements:  (27) Complete the following twenty-seven credits and examination.

  • EDUC 504 Educational Leadership (3)
  • EDUC 542 Curriculum Development in the Elementary School (3)
  • EDUC 543 Curriculum Development in the Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • EDUC 549 School-Community Relations and Substance Abuse (3)
  • EDUC 572 Public School Administration (3)
  • EDUC 620 School Law (3)
  • EDUC 625 Public School Finance (3)
  • EDUC 628 School Personnel Administration (3)
  • EDUC 690 Internship in Educational Leadership K-12 (6)
  • EDUC 692 Oral Comprehensive Examination (0)



Program Coordinator


Dr. Gerry Sokol 

Dr. Gerry Sokol

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