Learn to Lead

The Educational Leadership Endorsement offers a transformative experience. Current and former school administrators, in collaboration with Longwood faculty, will mentor, guide, and instruct you in the skills you need to become a leader among your peers.

Longwood University’s Educational Leadership Endorsement courses will prepare you to join the next generation of leaders at your school or district. Successful completion of the courses and the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) will allow you to obtain the Administration & Supervision PreK-12 endorsement through the VDOE and apply for positions such as principal, assistant principal, curriculum director, department chair, and more.

Why an Endorsement?

The sky’s the limit with an Educational Leadership Endorsement. Of all those who complete our endorsement coursework, 92 percent have been hired, have interviewed for, or are planning on applying for an administrative position. You’ll be ready for a career change that leads to potentially higher income and job security with the ability to be a leader in PK-12 education.


We bring Longwood to you! We offer the endorsement courses in a hybrid format which meets face-to-face once per month (always on a Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and you’ll work with your intern mentor to complete internship requirements within your own school division. The remainder of the coursework is online, optimizing your learning experience and providing you with greater flexibility.

Currently, we have cohorts in Arlington, Bedford, Fredericksburg, Manassas Park, North & South Richmond, Southside, and Newport News to provide you with in-person instruction from school leaders who have worked or are working in the field as well as networking with your colleagues.


  • 21 credits
  • Three semesters
  • Under $6,000 total tuition, excluding textbooks

Upon completion of the courses you will be able to:

  • Participate in establishing goals and policies
  • Direct the development of programs and coordinate implementation
  • Manage resources effectively
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of educational functions

Career Paths

  • Assistant principal
  • Principal
  • Director of counseling
  • Curriculum coordinator




Course Sequence-21 Credits


  • Educational Leadership - PEDU 504 (3)
  • School Law - PEDU 620 (3)
  • Internship in Educational Leadership - PEDU 690 (1)


  • Public School Finance - PEDU 625 (3)
  • Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction and Instructional Programs - PEDU 671 (3)
  • Internship in Educational Leadership - PEDU 690 (1)


  • School Personnel Administration - PEDU 628 (3) 
  • School Operations and Management - PEDU 629 (3) 
  • Internship in Educational Leadership - PEDU 690 (1)


This endorsement is being offered at our professional studies rate of $285 per credit hour (in-state) or $355 per credit hour (out-of-state), plus a $75 internship fee.

Convenient payment options are available, including the Graduate Student Monthly Payment Plan available in fall and spring.

$6,060 - Estimated in-state cost
$285 per credit hour

$7,530 - Estimated out-of-state cost
$355 per credit hour

Admission Requirements

  • Official Master’s degree transcript from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A letter of recommendation from your Superintendent or Building Principal. 
  • A Current, Valid Virginia postgraduate teaching license or equivalent from another state.
  • A minimum of two years teaching experience.




Endorsement Flyer

View, download, and print the Educational Leadership Endorsement (pdf) flyer.

View, download, and print the Educational Leadership Endorsement 2-year cohort (pdf) flyer.