M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision

Quality educational leadership is vital to the overall success of a school. Good leaders create collaborative environments where adults and children learn and develop. In our A&S Master’s program you will learn how to support the teaching of excellent instructors, manage the complex needs of students and parents and help orchestrate school reform.

Location: This program is offered part-time and designed to meet the needs of working professionals through a hybrid format. Courses are offered one night a week online. As students engage in field-based coursework, some face-to-face classes will be offered.

Ready to develop your school leadership potential?

Become an equity-oriented leader equipped to create high-quality educational opportunities for ALL students. Develop the professional capacity of your staff and facilitate continuous improvement throughout your organization.

Our newly redesigned M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision will prepare you to promote systemic equity in your school using evidence-based leadership practices to craft school goals, lead the instructional program, develop faculty and staff, and redesign organizational features.

One of the most cost-effective in Virginia, our innovative program for the initial preparation of school leaders is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. The hybrid program delivery combines highly interactive online courses and engaging field-based coursework – each accompanied by opportunities for reflection and dialogue.

The program takes a developmental approach to adult learning. Graduate students progress through developmental stages in their own professional growth and then learn how to cultivate excellence and leadership in adult learners on their school staff. Upon completion of the program, graduates are equipped with the tools of improvement science to lead change across their school, ensuring that every learner has the support and resources they need.

Core classes address leadership in instructional supervision and professional learning, special populations, continuous improvement, educational technology, school finance, and family and community engagement – each applying theory to practice to ensure relevancy to contemporary school challenges. The program then culminates with a meaningful administrative internship individually designed to promote your leadership development.

“The courses offered in this program are applicable to the everyday challenges & endeavors of working in schools. There is a sense of preparedness that I feel after having taken classes in this program, and it allows educators to continue working, while also furthering their personal development.”

– Joseph Whitmore -- M.Ed student, Administration & Supervision '17

This program is designed for committed, talented educators who have strong academic credentials, demonstrated leadership potential, interest in reflection and inquiry and a desire to improve educational programs for students.

Program Highlights:

  • Evidence-based practices that ensure effectiveness
  • Coursework extended and applied in field-based assignments
  • Working professional friendly
  • Courses taught by experienced university faculty and veteran school leaders
  • Convenience of online courses with the rigor of a nationally ranked program
  • Discounted educator tuition rate
  • Personal advising for individualized professional growth
  • Technology-infused coursework for contemporary school settings
  • Cohort-based program creating a supportive network of colleagues

Additional program details below.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Learn more about our program during one of our virtual information sessions.

Spring 2023:

Upcoming Spring 2023 Webinars

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Program Details

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements
    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
    • B average GPA or better for the last two years of undergraduate study;
    • Online application for admission and transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work;
    • GRE scores no more than 5 years old (or the GRE alternative approach described below*);
    • Three years of teaching experience;
    • A Virginia Professional License (if you wish to be recommended for endorsement in Administration and Supervision);
    • Two letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to the your promise as a graduate student and a professional educator, preferably one from a course instructor and one from a supervisor;
    • Current résumé; and
    • Statement of professional goals (typically 1 to 2 pages).

    *We offer an alternative approach to the use of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that includes an oral response to interview questions and a 30-minute timed writing sample. Please indicate your interest in the alternative to the GRE on the application and we will contact you after the application due date with directions for submitting these two items.

    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.

  • Application Due Date

    ALL application materials, including test scores, transcripts, and recommendations, must be received by the deadlines below in order for an application to be considered complete.

    Spring Entry: November 8th

    Summer Entry: April 21st

    Fall Entry: July 15th

    Decisions will be available 6 weeks after the deadline. Applicants will be assigned an advisor once they accept their offer of admission.

  • Degree Requirements

    Students should consult the Administration and Supervision Handbook (link coming soon!) for more information about the requirements of the program. For detailed instructions on applying for graduation and endorsement, consult the Graduation and Endorsement Instructions for Administration and Supervision.

  • Funding Opportunities

    Full-time Virginia educators may apply for the preK-12 educator discount, which significantly reduces tuition costs.

    Students in degree programs 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.

  • Typical Length of Study

    By taking two courses per semester, students can complete the course of study and internship in six semesters.

    Semester of Entry:

    Students are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

    Full or Part Time:

    This program is offered as part-time only.

  • Course Overview

    The following course of study applies to students who entered the M.Ed. program before June 1, 2018.
    MED course of study

    Each course is 3 credits. Courses are subject to change, so please confirm your selection in the UVA Student Information System (SIS).

    Browse and register for courses in SIS.

  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    Most students pursue assistant principal positions after completion of the program, but some step directly into principal or central office positions.

  • Public Professional Licensure Disclosures

    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 M.Ed. 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.