M.Ed. - Educational Leadership PK-12 Administration

Take your career to the next level with William & Mary’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership PK-12 Administration. 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 for all members of the school community. Gain the confidence to be a bold and transformative leader in education.


The Educational Leadership PK-12 Administration master's program is designed to be completed in 2 years, including the summer session. Incoming students will meet with their advisor to create a course of study that fits with their schedules and satisfies all requirements. 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

Internship completed over two consecutive semesters

Field Experience

An integral part of the degree program, the internship offers an intensive field-based experience for aspiring educational leaders.

Interns are placed in local cooperating school divisions to observe and support school administrators, while pursuing their own portfolio of work. Through the internship, students encounter real-life challenges and gain the confidence to lead. Recent interns have worked in central office positions, served as administrators in summer school sessions, and developed division curricula.


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

[[mxtsch,Megan Tschannen-Moran]]
(757) 221-2187

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