MEd Education Leadership
Through teaching, research, and service, this master’s program is dedicated to improving the quality of PK–12 education.
Learning opportunities are presented in large- and small-group discussions, on-the-job training, case studies, lectures, simulations, problem-based activities, and internship experiences. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Virginia administration and supervision endorsement, positioning them for senior leadership roles in public or private PK–12 school and district administrations.
Please note: nomenclature in the SCHEV inventory is Leadership and Human Development, MEd. A name change proposal is in development.
More About the Program
The 30-credit master’s degree in education leadership is designed to prepare candidates for leadership and management positions in a variety of educational settings. The program emphasizes an understanding of the complexities of change in schools, communities, and organizations. Participants develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, continual knowledge acquisition, innovative and ethical decision-making, reflective practice, and success for all learners.
Who Should Apply?
Ideal candidates are interested in pursuing school- or district-level administrative leadership positions and are:
- invested in improving instruction and student achievement;
- self-directed and focused on connecting theory to practice;
- prepared to engage in scholarly and professional dialogue through collaboration;
- committed to life-long learning;
- willing to embrace a disposition for advocacy, integrity, intellectual curiosity, and responsibility for one’s own learning.
- Mason’s Education Leadership Program is supported by a large faculty comprised of professors with impressive backgrounds as researchers and current and former district-level leaders. Each has a genuine interest in developing your potential to positively impact PK–12 student learning.
- A selective admissions process means you’ll learn alongside colleagues who are experienced, high-performing educators. Your fellow students will become part of a professional network that lasts a lifetime.
- The program is nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation, and all coursework is aligned with the National Educational Leadership Preparation Program Recognition Standards.
- The program includes all course work required for Virginia licensure in administration and supervision PK–12.
- Mason is a great value, with in-state graduate tuition among the lowest of comparable institutions.
Program Format and Requirements
- Classes are offered face-to-face, entirely online, or with hybrid regional cohorts.
- Most students complete the program in two years.
- Applicants must have at least two years of documented successful, full-time teaching in an accredited public or independent school and hold a valid teaching license (school counselors, psychologists, and other student services personnel are also eligible).
- One recommendation should be from a current supervisor and the other from a professional colleague.
Careers in Education Leadership
- assistant principal
- athletic director
- activities director
- district-level positions (e.g., curriculum specialist, professional development coordinator, special education director)
Courses should be taken in the sequence listed below. Students must earn a B- or better in the first eight courses listed.
- EDLE 620: Organizational Theory and Leadership (3 credits)
- EDLE 690: Using Research to Lead School Improvement (3 credits)
- EDLE 791: Internship in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
- EDLE 612: Education Law (3 credits)
- EDLE 614: Managing Financial and Human Resources (3 credits)
- EDLE 616: Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3 credits)
- EDLE 618: Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction (3 credits)
- EDLE 610: Leading Schools and Communities (3 credits)
- EDLE 634: Contemporary Issues in Education Leadership (3 credits)
- EDLE 636: Adult Motivation and Conflict Management in Education Settings: A Case Study Approach (3 credits)
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
Priority*: March 15
Space Available: August 21
Priority*: December 1
Space Available: January 6
Priority*: February 1
Space Available: May 15
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
All application materials must be submitted through Mason’s online graduate application. In addition to meeting general university admissions requirements, applicants will need to provide the requirements below. Please review the FAQ page for more information.
To be considered for graduate studies, the following items are evaluated during the admission review process:
- Graduate application and fee
- 750- to 1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Two letters of recommendation: Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation forms directly to their recommenders. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the United States. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside of the United States could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and English language proficiency.
- An earned baccalaureate and/or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate and/or graduate degree prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the admissions policy here for information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. The university, at its discretion, may, in evaluating the meeting of this requirement, additionally consider the difficulty of the baccalaureate degree, relevant work experience, and/or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study.
- At least two years of documented successful, full-time teaching in an accredited public or non-public school
- Valid teaching license
- Admissions Interview
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,624.25)
|VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$603.25
|CEHD Course Fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$734.70 - $793.70|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$934.70 - $993.70|
|Total cost for VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*||$628.25 - $687.25|
|Graduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.
Contact the Education Leadership program: faculty and staff will answer any questions that you may have about your program or degree.
Cohort Registration Guides
I am ready to pay my full semester's tuition.
- \[EDLE Cohort Registration Guide]\(https://education.gmu.edu/assets/docs/educational\_leadership/EDLE Cohort Registration Guide.pdf)
I want to pay through a Payment Plan. First I must enroll in the plan, then I should make payments by the deadlines.
- \[EDLE Payment Plan Enrollment Guide]\(https://education.gmu.edu/assets/docs/educational\_leadership/EDLE Payment Plan Enrollment Guide.pdf)
- \[Payment Plan - How to Make a Payment Guide]\(https://education.gmu.edu/assets/docs/educational\_leadership/Payment Plan How to make a Payment Guide.pdf)
I plan to use Financial Aid. First. I must request enrollment as a cohort student planning to use financial aid, then I should pay tuition by the deadline.
- \[Financial Aid Enrollment Guide]\(https://education.gmu.edu/assets/docs/educational\_leadership/FA Enrollment Guide.pdf)
- \[Financial Aid Payment Guide]\(https://education.gmu.edu/assets/docs/educational\_leadership/FA Payment Guide.pdf)
SLLA Review Session
Prepare for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) at one of our review sessions.
The Education Leadership Program offers a few SLLA Review Sessions a year. Review sessions are held in October, January, and June each year.
You must be pre-registered to attend. To maximize your benefit from the review, we have established the successful completion of EDLE 618: Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction (3 credits) as a prerequisite for attendance. Registration is limited to 20 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. If the session is full you may place your name on the waitlist by emailing us.
The next SLLA review session will be held on:
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $25.00 EDLE Students, only open to Mason students
Registration Opens: TBA
Registration Deadline: TBA
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Thompson Hall, 1300
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444