To enroll in the Principal Preparation Program, an applicant must have:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
At least a 3.2 GPA on one’s most recent two years of university coursework
Some K-12 teaching experience, with at least three years of experience preferred
What You'll Need
IInclude a scanned copy of your transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to both Graduate Admissions and School of Education after you receive an offer of admission.
Department Graduate Testing Requirements
GRE is not required for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (M.A.Ed.).
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (M.A.Ed.), at least one of which from your current superintendent, designee, or agency leader. You may send out electronic reference forms from the online application, or use the K-12 Educational Leadership Reference Form at the end of the Supplemental Application (please see Additional Notes).
A sample of your best written work. We prefer academic writing samples, but if you have none available, we can accept a work-related sample of writing.
Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae
A brief letter of interest. For M.A.Ed. applicants, explain why you would like to become a Principal Preparation student, state your philosophy of education, and describe the level of commitment you would be able to make to the program.
Supplemental Application for K-12 Educational Leadership
You also need to complete the Supplemental Application for K-12 Educational Leadership.
Some K-12 teaching experience
Proof of some K-12 teaching experience, with at least three years of experience preferred
Interview with members of the Educational Leadership program faculty
Qualified applicants will be asked to attend an candidate interview: program faculty members, practicing school leaders, and sometimes teachers may serve on the interview committee. Members of the interview committee score each candidate on the above-mentioned criteria, and candidates with the highest scores are invited to join the program.
Applying as an International Student
International students might be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application.
We require a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (IBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859.
Applying for Scholarships
Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.
*Fall: August 1
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission for Fall: February 1
You will be notified by the Graduate School about the action taken on your application for admission.
- To apply to the Virginia Tech Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership) program, select "Education, Educational Leadership " as your major. You will be able to select " Educational Leadership Program Area" later in the online form. Choose degree option “M.A.Ed.” from the list.
- Make sure to select correct campus. See if the porgram is offered at the campus. List of Program Locations and Cohorts