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Educational Leadership with Licensure (EdS) 

Transforming today’s educators into tomorrow’s leaders, with web-based live classes, taught by professors with real world experience.

This degree is primarily designed to prepare individuals who hold a master's degree in an area of education (aside from educational leadership) and do not have a license in administration supervision PreK-12. Your course work provides conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical field experience.  The program leads to full Commonwealth of Virginia Licensure in Educational Administration and Supervision, Pre-K-12.

Your course work will provide conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical field experience. Program themes include:

    Leadership for school improvement

    Data analysis and decision making

    Strategic human resource and fiscal management

    Establishing and leading professional collaborative communities


Educational Leadership Careers

• Assistant Principal

• Principal

• Superintendency

• Department Lead

• Curriculum Leader

• Lead Teacher

• Curriculum Supervision

• Data Instructional Leader



Content Courses (27 credits):

• ELS 800 Strategic Leadership and Management for School Improvement
(This course is required during the first semester of the program.)

• ELS 801 Accountability and Organizational Improvement

• ELS 802 Educational Politics and Policymaking

• ELS 810 Strategic Communication and External Relations

• ELS 827 Learning Theories and Professional Development

• ELS 828 Instructional Leadership and Supervision

• ELS 853 Educational Finance and Budgeting

• ELS 857 Educational Law and Ethics

• ELS 660 Program Evaluation, Research, and Planning

Clinical Experiences (6 credits):

• ELS 668: Internship in Educational Leadership (100 hours)

• ELS 669: Instructional Internship (100 hours)

• An additional 120 hours of internship hours are embedded throughout the Content Coursework above.

· While applicants do not have to have three years of educational experience to apply to the program, to become eligible for an Administration and Supervision preK-12 license in the Commonwealth of Virginia the candidate must have completed three years of successful, full-time experiences in a public or accredited nonpublic school in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia.


Admission Information

To be considered for admission to this program, you must:

  •  meet all standard University requirements for admission;
  • have a masters degree in an education-related field or another area and hold no license in Administration and Supervision PreK-12;
  • currently be employed by a public or privately accredited school division/district;
  • Provide two letters of recommendation on school or district letterhead.  One must be from your principal (or immediate supervisor if you work outside of the school within a district) and one from another supervisor.
  • write a one page, single-spaced statement that explains the following:
- Your professional experiences and professional goals.
- Specific ways you hope to improve public education as an educational leader.
- How this degree will help you address your professional goals.
  • write a one page, single-spaced statement about a contemporary and critical issue facing educational leaders. Address the following:
i. What is the contemporary issue and why is it critical?
ii. Why is this issue relevant to school and/or division leaders?
iii. What role should school and/or division leaders play in addressing this issue and how?


 For additional information, please contact:Dr. Karen L. Sanzo, Program Coordinator
Education Building, Room 120
Educational Leadership Program
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0157
(757) 683-5163; Fax (757) 683-5756
E-mail:  ksanzo@odu.edu