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Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

University of Richmond
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Master's degree
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University of Richmond

Program description

Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Our graduate program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is designed for educators seeking an administration/supervision endorsement for leading a public school in Virginia along with those who seek positions of leadership in nonpublic schools. Applicants with a master’s degree earn the graduate certificate, while applicants with a bachelor’s degree earn the master’s degree.

Developing effective school leaders requires combining teaching of leadership theory with practical application through real-world experiences. As a result, all of our core classes are complemented by a relevant practicum.

Admission to the M.Ed. program is open to qualified applicants with a baccalaureate degree. Admission to the graduate certificate program is open to qualified applicants who have a master’s degree. Applicants to both programs should have a strong foundational knowledge in K-12 education, which may be demonstrated by classroom teaching experience (preferably three years). A valid teaching license is preferred but not required.

Successful completion of the ELPS program (M.Ed. or graduate certificate) satisfies Virginia’s licensure endorsement requirement for an approved program in administration and supervision from a regionally accredited university, including the 320 hour internship.

Admission requirements

Students seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted. Students who do not meet grade point average requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Successful interview with the program director or designee
  • Written statement of your professional intent and rationale for obtaining a degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

The three letters of recommendation should include an individual who can attest to the candidate's academic ability and potential as a graduate student and from supervisors who can attest to the candidate’s demonstrated leadership ability. The supervisor recommendation might include a school principal or school superintendent. At least one of the recommendations should derive from the K-12 perspective.

English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English, or whose collegiate level or secondary level instruction was not in English, must demonstrate English proficiency by examination prior to admission to and/or enrollment in the School. The University may require additional evaluation for language proficiency through testing or individual interviews for students with scores near the minimum score.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) requires a score of at least:

  • 550 on the paper-based test
  • 213 on the computer-based test
  • 80 on the internet-based test

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) requires a score of 6.5 on the test.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content


  • Foundations of Educational Leadership Studies
  • Data for Decision-Making
  • Leading and Supervising Instruction
  • Communicating and Leading
  • School Law and Ethics

Professional Studies

  • School Technology
  • Fiscal Leadership
  • Leading Change in Educational Settings
  • School Culture and Human Resource Leadership
  • Context of Educational Public Policy and Politics

Field Experience

  • Reflective Leadership Seminar I
  • Reflective Leadership Seminar II

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $665 per semester hour.

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University of Richmond

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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