Would you lead?

What makes our Educational Leadership Masters stand out:

  • Hybrid model designed for working professionals requiring only five on-campus Saturday classes per semester
  • Intensive leadership training with interactive learning models
  • Social justice focus with on-site Moton Museum, the birthplace of civil rights in education

Designed for teachers who dream of being leaders in the field of education, this is a hybrid program with just five on-campus Saturdays per semester. You’ll fuse theory with real-world relevance. You’ll analyze leadership through multiple viewpoints. You’ll learn to impact lasting change. You’ll promote social justice and equity. You’ll prepare for administrative, supervisory and leadership roles in public and private schools; school divisions; and educational organizations.

This 36-credit graduate program will transform you from a good teacher into a great leader.

Longwood University is located in the charming town of Farmville, Virginia, which hosted the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate and is home to a growing number of dining and shopping destinations.

Earn Your Administration and Supervision PreK-12 Endorsement

Upon successful completion of program coursework, passing scores on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), and fulfillment of Virginia Department of Education's three-year teaching requirement, candidates will be prepared and endorsed to serve as educational leaders in today's schools and school divisions.

Career Paths

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Dean of students
  • School superintendent
  • Central office director or specialist


Costs & Financial Aid

Longwood offers an outstanding and affordable education.

$14,328 - Estimated in-state cost
$398 per credit hour

$37,188 - Estimated out-of-state cost
$1,033  per credit hour

Financial assistance is available in the form of graduate assistantships and travel grants.

A Graduate Monthly Payment Plan is also available.

For questions about cost or any part of the application process, contact Longwood Graduate Studies at graduate@longwood.edu.


Core Curriculum & Courses

A total of 36 credits is required for graduation.

Core Requirements 

EDUC 502 Research Design (3)
EDUC 571 Foundations of Instruction and Learning Theory (3)
EDUC 671 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction and Instructional Programs (3)

Educational Leadership Requirements

EDUC 504 Educational Leadership (3)
EDUC 510 Foundations of Organizational Theory in Education (3)
EDUC 559 Geopolitics and Community Relations (3)
EDUC 620 School Law (3)
EDUC 628 School Personnel Administration (3)
EDUC 629 School Operations and Management (3)
EDUC 636 Finance and Resource Allocation for Equity and Diversity (3)
EDUC 688 Capstone Research (2)
EDUC 690 Supervised Internship - 320 clock hours in an elementary, middle and/or secondary school (3)
EDUC 691 Educational Leadership Portfolio (1)

Sample Course Sequence (pdf)

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) from a four-year regionally accredited college or university 
  • Official transcripts from each college/university from which you have obtained a degree, bachelor or higher, and any post-baccalaureate coursework. 
  • Resume 
  • Essay, 500 words or less, addressing reasons for seeking graduate education
  • Two letters of recommendations, one from a supervisor 
  • Valid Virginia Teaching License or equivalent from another state 

International Student applicants should review the international admission requirements and standards for TOEFL scores.


May 1– Priority Application Deadline

June 1 – Standard Application Deadline

These are suggested application submission dates. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.

Want to check if the program is full? Email us at graduate@longwood.edu.

Program Flyer

View, download, and print the  Master of Science in Educational Leadership (pdf) flyer.