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 for working professionals. It is mostly online, with in-person classes offered in Falls Church and Richmond approximately twice a semester during two field-based courses in the second and third semesters. There is also an on-grounds residency in Charlottesville each summer of the two-year program.
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 combines highly interactive online courses and in-person classes with field-based activities and an administrative internship – 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.
- 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
Review the program details below and read our A&S M.Ed. Program FAQ for additional information.
Upcoming Information Sessions
Learn more about our program during one of our virtual information sessions. The application deadline for fall has been extended until August 1, 2021. Register today ›
Fall 2021 Cohort:
- Thursday, June 24 at 4:30 PM ET.
- Thursday, July 8 at 4:00 PM ET.
- Wednesday, July 14 at 4:00 PM ET.
Summer 2022 Cohort:
- Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 4:30 PM ET.
- Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET.
- Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 4:30 PM ET.
Our Success Will be Your Success
Best Administration & Supervision Program in Virginia, U.S. News & World Report
Best Administration & Supervision Program in the Country, U.S. News & World Report
Best Graduate School for Education in the Country, U.S. News & World Report
- 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.
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 1st
Summer Entry: March 15th
Fall Entry: July 5th
Decisions will be available 6 weeks after the deadline. Applicants will be assigned an advisor once they accept their offer of admission.
- A minimum of 33 credits of coursework for the master’s degree plus endorsement;
- At least 27 credits completed after admission to the program;
- Successful completion of an administrative internship (see Internship Handbook);
- Satisfactory performance on the comprehensive examination in the program area (School Leaders Licensure Exam);
- Application for graduation; and
- Application for endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education.
Students should consult the Administration and Supervision Handbook 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.
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.
By taking two courses per semester, students can complete the course of study and internship in six semesters.
Semester of Entry:
Students may enter in the fall, spring, and summer, but summer is preferred. We host a 3-day summer residency program for new students with a variety of activities to build community and orient students to the program and the technology used for course delivery.
Full or Part Time:
This program is offered as part-time only.
Most students pursue assistant principal positions after completion of the program, but some step directly into principal or central office positions.
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.