Master of Science

Educational Leadership

When No more than two evenings per week, Monday-Thursday
Average Time to Complete 5 semesters

About the Program

RU | Master’s | Online – The master of science degree in educational leadership is designed to prepare professional personnel to fill positions as preK-12 school and district level educational leaders. Endorsement in administration in Virginia requires a minimum of three years of successful K-12 teaching experience prior to licensure in this area. Successful completion of the program and the School Leaders Licensure Assessment qualifies students for the PK-12 Administration and Supervision endorsement to the Virginia teaching license making students eligible for both building level and central office level administrative positions.

Career Paths

  • School principal
  • Assistant principal
  • School administration and supervision

Courses & Requirements

30-36 credit hours | Course Checklist

The Educational Leadership program is a cohort-based, hybrid online program designed to be flexible and responsive to the needs of aspiring educational leaders who are working full-time jobs.  All courses in the program are available in online formats.  These formats include courses with weekly “synchronous” sessions where students and faculty interact online as they would in traditional face-to-face settings.  The program includes an initial face-to-face orientation session with each new cohort and offers some face-to-face options throughout the program.

Cost & Financial Aid

Learn more about Financial Aid opportunities at Radford University.

Radford University FAFSA code is 003732.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

As a student of Radford University, you will have access to:

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicant must have/completed the following:

  • A collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work attempted sent to the Graduate College.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which is from the most recent principal and one from current superintendent or designee sent to the Graduate College.
  • Writing sample which details applicant’s philosophy of teaching and learning and administrative aspirations (two pages typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, with one-inch margins) sent to the Graduate College.
  • Official test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) factored in with undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) to derive acceptable cutoffs.
  • An admission interview with the program director of the educational leadership program may be required.