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Designed for Working Professionals

For over forty years, we have developed Excellence in Leadership with our Educational Leadership and Policy Studies programs for future PK-12 school principals, school division superintendents, central office administrators, university administrators, and state department of education officials.  Many of our graduates go on to serve in non-profits or as university faculty as well. 

Designed to fit the needs of working professionals, our programs can be completed on a part- or full-time basis, with coursework that incorporates modern theories with real-life practice.

As a global catalyst for individual transformation, we’re pushing the boundaries of knowledge and practice to reimagine a more equitable and just world.

As a member of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to transform teaching and learning, conduct groundbreaking research, and engage with and lead learning communities at home and around the globe. Reimagining the future of education begins with educational leadership practices that put educational excellence, innovation, and equity at the fore.

Program Deadlines & Dates

M.A.Ed. / Ed.S. Applicants

Starting Semester:

Online program: Summer

Richmond, Fairfax, Hampton Roads: Fall 2021

NoVA, Roanoke: Fall 2022


Rolling admissions

Accepting applications until full

August 1, 2022

Ed.D. / Ph.D. Applicants

Starting Semester:

Summer 1 or 2



February 1

May 1


Jodie L. Brinkmann, Assistant Professor of Practice and the Program Leader, smiles broadly at the camera. She wears a formal black dress with a pearl necklace
Jodie L. Brinkmann, Assistant Professor of Practice and Program Leader
David Alexander leans causally on a balustrade
M. David Alexander, Professor
Dr. Cash poses formally with a beautiful smile, wearing a green blouse, a pearl necklace. Her brown hair is short and nicely styled
Carol Cash, Professor of Practice
Carol Mullen, Professor
Carol Mullen, Professor
Dr. Price smiles for the camera, relaxed and happy, wearing a blue plaid shirt which is open over a t shirt. He is poised and confident
Ted S. Price, Visiting Assistant Professor


Our Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program is approved by the Virginia Department of Education. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, 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.