Ed.D. in Administration & Supervision
This highly competitive, top-ranked program has progressed the careers of well-respected and highly successful education leaders across Virginia and nationwide.
The Educational Leadership Program, also called ExSEL, prepares individuals who recognize that America’s future depends on imagination, creativity, disciplined inquiry, and team work. It is unique in its approach, deeply engaging a cohort of school leaders in a community of practice, similar to the environment they will then create for professionals in their own workplaces. This approach integrates knowledge and skills from a variety of relevant disciplines into a set of carefully designed learning experiences to transform individuals into evidence–based leaders.
“I picked UVA way back in 1986, and continue to choose The University for my studies because of its high reputation and excellent faculty. I have never been disappointed in the level of rigor of my coursework, my learning experiences, or in the faculty with whom I have developed relationships.”– Maureen Boland, Principal, Rolling Valley Elementary
This is a part-time, cohort-based program located at our Falls Church Center with classes held primarily one Friday and Saturday per month for your convenience. Two courses per semester are completed during the first two years of the program and independent research on a capstone takes place during the second two years of the program. Our goal is to support our students in finishing the program within four years, so we keep our doctoral cohorts small so that we can provide individualized support to our students. A new cohort starts biennially - every other year.
The next cohort will begin in summer 2022, with recruitment beginning in fall 2021 and applications due January 15, 2022. Sign up for an upcoming information session here!
We will next accept applications for this program for 2022.
The application due date is typically January 15th with acceptances to be determined by late February.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.
Students may apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on School of Education and Human Development's Financial Aid webpage.
Evidence Centered Leadership/Disciplined Inquiry Cohort Classes SUMMER - Year 1 Introduction to Inquiry + Lab of practice (4 cr.) Fundamentals of Leadership Theory (3 cr.) FALL - Year 1 Qualitative Inquiry + Lab of practice (4 cr.) Visioning, Values, & Decision-Making in Ed Leadership (3 cr.) SPRING - Year 1
Survey Inquiry + Lab of practice (4 cr.)
Preliminary Exam (1 cr.)
Designing Learning Environments (3 cr.) SUMMER - Year 2 Practical evaluation (3 cr.) Politics, Policy & Advocacy (3 cr.) FALL - Year 2 Research Design (3 cr.) Optimizing Human Capital in an Organization (3 cr.) SPRING - Year 2 Comprehensive Exam (1 cr.) Developing High-performance Organizations (3 cr.) SUMMER - Year 3 Capstone Seminar (3 cr.) Capstone (3 cr.) FALL - Year 3 Capstone (6 cr.) SPRING - Year 3 Capstone (6 cr.) FALL – Year 4 Capstone (6 cr.) SPRING – Year 4 Capstone (6 cr.)
Graduates of this program typically serve public and private schools, state and federal education agencies, and other organizations serving the professional needs of educators.
As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).
Upon completion of the Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision program at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))
Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.