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Educational Leadership, Certificate in (Post-master’s certificate)

Program accreditation
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; Specialized Professional Association

Graduate program director
Cheryl C. Magill, Ph.D.
Interim chair, Department of Educational Leadership
(804) 828-1332

Additional contact
Henry T. Clark, Ph.D.
Senior associate dean for academic affairs
(804) 828-3382

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Admission requirements

Educational Leadership, Certificate in (Post-master’s certificate)

of entry:


Mar 15


In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:

  1. Must hold a master’s degree in the field of education or a master’s degree that meets the requirements to hold a teaching position
  2. Have active teacher license
  3. Have at least two years of school experience in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia
  4. Three letters of recommendation addressing the student’s potential for graduate study in education
  5. Student’s written statement concerning career interests
  6. Transcripts of all previous college work

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university.  These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU

Program goal

The post-master’s certificate is a 21-hour program for individuals who hold a master’s degree in the field of education or a master’s degree that meets the requirements to hold a teaching position, who have an active teaching license, and who have at least two years of school experience in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia.*

An end-of-program assessment is required. Individuals must meet technology standards approved by the Virginia Board of Education, and they must supply proof of child abuse and neglect recognition training. Individuals who successfully complete the program are eligible for endorsement as an administrator/supervisor K-12.

This program is delivered through an innovative, competency-based curriculum comprising a combination of face-to-face and online courses offered for one, two or three credits. The program features authentic real-time computer-simulated experiences imbedded in several courses throughout the program.

Please visit the Department of Educational Leadership’s auto-advising webpage for program–specific application requirements.

*Virginia Board of Education licensing regulations require, in part, that applicants for administration/supervision endorsement have three years of successful, full-time experience in a public school or accredited nonpublic school in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Candidates demonstrate content knowledge: Candidates demonstrate content knowledge in educational leadership as evidenced by the School Leaders Licensure Assessment and the school law case study.
  2. Design, align, evaluate curriculum, guide learning: Candidates demonstrate the ability to develop a supervisory plan for classroom-based learning as evidenced by the clinical supervision model.
  3. Internship/clinical practice: Candidates demonstrate effective applications in internship/clinical practice as evidenced by the on-site supervisor evaluation.
  4. Assess application of content: Candidates demonstrate application of content as evidenced by the action research project.
  5. Assess management and community relations: Candidates demonstrate organizational management and community relations skills as evidenced by the educational intervention plan.

Degree requirements

In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses.

  1. Credit hour requirements: Students are required to complete a minimum of 21 credit hours.
  2. Grade requirements: Receipt of a grade of C or below in two courses constitutes automatic dismissal from the program. Courses with a grade below C cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  3. Testing requirements: Must take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment for graduation

Curriculum requirements

Courses Credit hours
ADMS 618 Leadership for Educational Change and Improvement 2
ADMS 622 Understanding Diversity and Leading for Social Justice 1
ADMS 623 Schooling as a Complex System 1
ADMS 624 Principals as Human Resource Agents 2
ADMS 625 Leadership for Individualized Learning 2
ADMS 626 Internal/External Relations and Communications 2
ADMS 627 Enhancing and Supporting Instruction 2
ADMS 628 Cultural Inheritance of Schools 1
ADMS 629 The Business of Schools 2
ADMS 631 Evidence-based Decision-making 1
ADMS 633 Multiple Dimensions of Leadership 2
ADMS 670 Administrative Internship I* 1
ADMS 671 Administrative Internship II** 1
ADMS 675 Administrative Internship III*** 1
Assessment no credit
Individuals must take the SLLA or any other assessment required by the Virginia Board of Education for endorsement as a school principal/supervisor K-12.  
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 21
*ADMS 670 must be taken in the first semester of enrollment in the program.
**ADMS 671 is taken in the next-to-last semester of enrollment in the program.
***ADMS 675 is taken in the last semester of enrollment in the program.

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Degree candidacy requirements

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Graduation requirements



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