About this Program

This Master of Science in Education prepares you for leadership roles in schools and school districts. 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 Highlights

  • Our programs are online and fully live, catering to full-time working professionals

  • The unique online learning environment enables our students and faculty to engage in a class setting that simulates a face-to-face classroom. In many ways, the courses parallel that of an in-person graduate class

  • Our courses, offered once a week, are held in the evening during the work week (not on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays).


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

$97,440 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

$107,670 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.


What are the requirements to apply for Educational Leadership at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Educational Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

To gain admission, applicants must:

  1. Meet all University admissions requirements.
  2. Have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.80 overall and 3.00 in the major.
  3. Hold a valid teaching license and currently serve in a PK-12 academic position.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation, including one from a school administrator.
  5. Provide a one-page description of your anticipated career path and how this program can help you achieve your professional goals.
  6. Develop a two-page essay on an instructional or school improvement issue and discuss the implications for school leaders.
  7. Discuss  how your involvement in the cohort program can contribute to furthering the vision and mission of your school organization.

*This degree can lead to the addition of an endorsement in administration and supervision by the Virginia Department of Education for students who hold a valid Virginia teaching license and have three years of successful teaching experience.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

25% Discount for Virginia Public School Employees

Receive a 25% discount off of per-credit tuition.



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