Administration & Supervision

If you are passionate about equity and educational opportunities for all learners and are ready to make a broader impact on your community, our Administration & Supervision program can help you develop into a top-tier education leader.

The UVA School of Education and Human Development Impact

It takes commitment, high energy and enthusiasm to become an effective leader in education. Under the direction of the School of Education and Human Development’s nationally acclaimed faculty, you will use these traits to determine effective solutions to the current challenges facing education, and educational leaders.

As a student in the Administration & Supervision program, you will help shape the future of educational institutions in the United States. American schools serve diverse populations, and at the School of Education and Human Development, we believe it is necessary to weave issues of diversity and equity throughout our coursework so that you can create optimal learning environments for all children. Our goal is to pursue creative solutions to educational challenges through evidence-based research, teaching and service to the field of education.

“Faculty have given me numerous opportunities to be involved in their research while both encouraging and supporting me in my own research endeavors. This has made all the difference.”

– Frank Perrone, Ph.D. student


Graduates of our highly ranked Administration & Supervision program find meaningful, impactful work in and out of the classroom. Our graduates have gone on to become superintendents, principals, assistant principals, central office supervisors and other leadership positions. Graduates of our doctoral programs pursue positions in state and federal education agencies, and other organizations serving the professional needs of educators. Others pursue academic or research positions in universities, think tanks, and non-profit organizations.

Explore Our Degrees

Choosing the right degree within our program is important to ensuring that you achieve an outcome that supports your career goals. Let us help guide you through your choices.

  • M.Ed.

    By earning an M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision, you will learn how to guide the teaching of excellent instructors, manage the complex needs of students and parents, and help orchestrate school reform. This innovative program provides unique core classes providing field-based learning mentored by your local school leaders. It concludes with a meaningful administrative internship that is individually designed for you to promote your growth and development. This program is offered part-time for working professionals in Charlottesville, Falls Church and Richmond.

    The deadline to apply for spring 2023 is November 8, 2022.

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  • Ed.D.

    The highly competitive, top-ranked Ed.D. in Administration & Supervision program has advanced the careers of some of Virginia’s and the nation’s most successful education leaders. It prepares individuals like you who recognize that America’s future depends on imagination, creativity, disciplined inquiry and teamwork. It is unique in its approach - a deeply engaging cohort of school leaders in a community of practice similar to the environment they will then create for professionals in their own workplaces. This part-time program in Falls Church holds classes primarily one Friday and Saturday per month. The next cohort starts in summer 2022, with recruitment beginning in fall 2021 and applications due January 15, 2022.

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  • Ph.D. in Education

    If you prefer a small, personalized, top-tier program in education leadership, then it’s time to pursue a Ph.D. in Education — Administration & Supervision. This full-time, research-based program is offered in Charlottesville and investigates: leadership of low-performing schools; policy concerning school turnarounds; K-12 leadership for educational technology; and preparation of educational leaders. The School of Education and Human Development also hosts the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), an international organization representing research universities offering doctoral degrees in educational leadership. Because of UCEA’s affiliation with Administration & Supervision, you will have a variety of opportunities to work on the front lines of innovation in the preparation of educational leaders.

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Administration & Supervision Program by the Numbers

  • 1 st

    Best Administration & Supervision Program in Virginia, U.S. News & World Report

  • 6 th

    Best Administration & Supervision Program in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

  • 42 %

    of Virginia's School Superintendents are Education school Graduates (56 of 134)

  • Alumni Spotlight: James Lane, 2017 VA Superintendent of the Year

    "I'm honored to represent the many deserving colleagues that we have in Virginia and am so humbled to have been chosen by superintendents that I admire and those that inspire me. I truly want to thank the Curry School for the amazing education I received to prepare me to become a superintendent."

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