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Administration & Supervision: M.Ed. - Master of Education

This online program prepares 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.

At a Glance

Program Results

M.Ed. - Master of Education

Administration & Supervision 

Best Suited To

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 Type

  • Part Time


  • Online

Estimated Length

Six semesters OR 2-3 years

Application Deadline

Spring Entry: November 1

This program may accept applications for spring entry after the November 1 deadline on a case-by-case basis; please reach out to the Office of Admission for more information.

Summer Entry:

  • February 1 (priority deadline)
  • May 1 (final deadline)

Fall Entry: 

  • March 1 (priority deadline)
  • July 1 (final deadline)



About This Program

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 the M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision 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.

Program Goals

  • 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. 
  • 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 is offered part-time and designed to meet the needs of working professionals. 
  • Courses are offered one night a week online. As students engage in field-based coursework, some face-to-face classes will be offered. 
  • The program delivery combines highly interactive online courses and engaging field-based coursework – each accompanied by opportunities for reflection and dialogue. 
  • Coursework extended and applied in field-based assignments. 
  • The convenience of online courses with the rigor of a nationally ranked program. 
  • Personal advising for individualized professional growth 
  • Technology-infused coursework for contemporary school settings 
  • Cohort-based program creating a supportive network of colleagues 


The program then culminates with a meaningful administrative internship individually designed to promote your leadership development. 

Program Overview

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements that apply specifically to this program are listed below:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • B average GPA or better for the last two years of undergraduate study;
  • 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 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).
  • In addition to submitting the above supplementary materials, the program will also require (the program will contact you after the application due date with directions for submitting these two items):
    1. An oral response to interview questions; and
    2. A 30-minute timed writing sample.

Visit our Graduate Admission page for the full admission process.

Graduate Admission

Application for admission is made to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admission & Enrollment. For more information about the graduate admission process, please visit our Graduate Admission page.


To learn more about specific courses taken as part of the completion of this degree, visit the Graduate Record website. These webpages represent the official repository for academic program requirements. 

  • A minimum of 33 credits of coursework for the master’s degree plus endorsement;
  • Successful completion of an administrative internship;
  • Satisfactory performance on the comprehensive examination in the program area (School Leaders Licensure Exam);
  • Submit an application for graduation through SIS; and
  • Application for endorsement from the Virginia Department of Education.


Administration & Supervision Course Descriptions

Information on courses that are part of the M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision curriculum can be found on the UVA Graduate Record website.

Additional Program Details

In 2024, the UVA School of Education & Human Development is ranked #8 for best graduate schools of education in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The school is ranked #7 in educational administration for graduate schools of education.

The school also jumped up 18 spots to tie for second best online graduate education program in the country, and is ranked #4 in educational administration for online graduate schools of education in the U.S.

M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision News

Program Faculty

Michelle Beavers

Michelle Beavers

  • Associate Professor
Sara Dexter

Sara Dexter

  • Associate Professor
David Eddy Spicer

David Eddy-Spicer

  • Professor
Jaime Stacy

Jaime Stacy

  • Associate Professor

Contact Us


As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), 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)). Although California does not participate in SARA, it allows students to enroll in out-of-state programs.

Upon completion of the Master of Education in Administration and Supervision 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).