Campuses: Blacksburg, Roanoke, Hampton Roads, Southwest Virginia, National Capital Region, Richmond

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

We strive to meet the preparation needs of educational leaders in all regions of the Commonwealth

39 hours of coursework
Meets ISLLC Standards
Meets NCATE Standards
approved by the Virginia Board of Education.
Our Educational Leadership program

The Principal Preparation Program awards two degrees: an M.A. and an Ed.S. (Educational Specialist) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. The M.A. is intended for students who have not yet earned a master’s degree, while the Ed.S. is intended for students who have already earned a master’s in an education-related discipline. Both the M.A. and Ed.S. degree tracks prepare students to meet the requirements of the School Leadership Licensure Assessment and obtain endorsement as Virginia school administrators.

Why Study Educational Leadership Here?

The VT Educational Leadership Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Education. It is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council. Since 2015, the program has been a member of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a consortium of higher education institutions committed to the advancement of educational leadership.

Faculty Research Interests

- School Built Facilities And Achievement

- School Design For 21st Century

- Renovations and Student Outcomes



- School law for teachers

- Special education law


- School Desegregation

- School Finance

- Student Rights

Dr. Carol Mullen

- Mentoring in Education and Innovations in Learning 

- Educational Leadership and Administration

- Social Justice Education and Leadership

- Education Policy and Governance

- Qualitative Research and Field Studies 



- Superintendent/Board of Education actions that promote student success

- Principal Leadership and Effectiveness

- Strengthening School-Community Relations

- Instructional Leadership,

- School Finance


- The school to prison pipeline

- Globally aware leadership development


Educational Leadership Research Highlights

Recent Publications

Alexander, M. David and Jennifer A. Sughrue, “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” Editors, Janet Decker, et al. 6 th edition, The Principal and the Law, Education Law Association, Cleveland, OH 2017.

Mullen, C. A. (2017). Creativity in Chinese schools: Perspectival frames of paradox and possibility. International Journal of Chinese Education, 6(1), 27-56.

Mullen, C. A. (2017). What are corporate education networks? Why ask questions? Kappa Delta Pi Record, 53(3), 100-106.

Mullen, C. A. (2016). Alternative mentoring types. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 52(3), 132-136.

Bolles, E. & Patrizio, K. (2016). Leadership tenets of military veterans working as school administrators. Journal of Leadership Education.

Related Programs

Educational Psychology (Ed.S.)
Students interested in applying to the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Ed.S.) should contact Dr. Carol Cash, by email at

Visit our office at 226 War Memorial Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall:  August 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission  for Fall: February 1


For Hampton Roads, Richmond, or Other, please contact:

Carol Cash
Program Leader
VT Richmond Center
2810 Parham Road, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 662-7288

For Northern Virginia, please contact:

William Glenn

Associate Professor

7054 Haycock Rd. 
Falls Church, VA 22043

(703) 538-8483

For Abingdon and Roanoke, please contact:

John Gratto

Clinical Assistant Professor

Abingdon and Roanoke Principal Preparation Program

(540) 231-3323


For Abingdon, please contact:

Carol A. Mullen


Abingdon Doctoral Program

(540) 231-3846

For Roanoke, please contact:

M. David Alexander


Roanoke Doctoral Program

(540) 231-5642

School of Education

1750 Kraft Drive, Rm 2100
Blacksburg, VA 24061