M.Ed. - Educational Leadership PK-12 Leadership

Deeper leading, deeper learning

Take your career to the next level with William & Mary’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership- PK-12 Leadership. Gain a strong foundation in leadership and organizational dynamics, as well as the professional competencies of a successful K-12 administrator. Learn to create a culture of change that promotes the personal and professional growth of all members of the school community. Gain the confidence to be a bold and transformative leader in education.

We've redesigned the M.Ed. program to align with current and emerging needs of Virginia's students, school divisions, and future leaders. Educational reform in the commonwealth's schools through the adoption of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate, changes in methods of accountability and new standards of accreditation call for a different kind of leader. William & Mary is responding with customized, cohort-based M.Ed. programs that bring innovative training for school leaders directly to school divisions. Current partnerships include Loudoun, Stafford and York Counties.  


The M.Ed. is a part-time program that can be completed in two years while students continue to work in their current school divisions. Online learning is combined with brief residencies conducted in the school district (typically two Saturday sessions per semester). 


The Educational Leadership PK-12 Leadership master's program is designed to be completed in 2 years. Areas of focus include leading for equity, design thinking, action research, and practitioner inquiry. In addition, faculty work directly with division leaders to identify specific needs for the division, and customize course content to address those topics. Course topics include:

Educational leadership:

  • Educational leadership and organizational dynamics
  • Concepts and cases in leadership
  • Administration of special education

Instructional Leadership:

  • Administering educational programs
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Supervision and professional development

Organizational Leadership:

  • Principalship: managing instructional resources
  • Leadership for family and community partnerships
  • Human resources administration
  • Educational law
Field Experience

An integral part of the degree program, the internship is an innovative model that is embedded throughout the program and aligned with division initiatives. The internship allows students to tackle current challenges within their school division, apply course learning to real problems, and become deeply embedded in the work of the division.


For students who hold a valid Virginia teaching license and have three years of successful teaching experience, this degree can lead to the addition of an endorsement in administration and supervision by the Virginia Department of Education.

K-12 Administration Program Contact

[[smconstantino,Steven Constantino, Ed.D.]]
Executive Professor
(757) 221-2323

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