Master of Education

Educational Leadership

When Cohorts - classes held in the evenings Monday-Thursday. Synchronous sessions scheduled in the evenings, Monday-Thursday.
Average Time to Complete 2 years

About the Program

JMU | Master’s | On-site – The Educational Leadership Master’s Degree and Educational Leadership Certificate Program are designed to prepare candidates to assume leadership positions in both school and district offices. The organizing theme for the program is the school/district administrator’s central role as the interpreter, facilitator, and initiator of educational change leading to effective schools for all children. This program is offered in off-campus cohorts, where faculty travel to school divisions to reach teachers seeking to become school leaders.

Career Paths

  • School principal

Courses & Requirements

33 credit hours (18-24 for certificate)


Fall 2019 / Spring 2020:

$ 339.00/cr In-State

$ 349.00/cr Out-of-State

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

Learn more about student support resources available to JMU students.

How to Apply

If you are applying for entry into a Master’s program, apply directly to the JMU Graduate School. If you already have a Master’s and want to earn the Virginia endorsement as School Administrator, please submit the certificate program application through Outreach & Engagement.

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