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A strong and effective leader can take people to places they would never go on their own. Through Shenandoah’s program, you’ll develop the necessary leadership skills to become a successful leader in education administration.

Accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), this program is designed for practitioners and offers concentrations in Licensure and Non-Licensure, as well as a post-master’s certificate leading to licensure. Key features of the program include:

  • A cohort model that completes in two years
  • An approved licensure program by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Courses offered on a schedule to accommodate full-time employed teachers and students with families
  • Program built around a useful mix of theory and practice
  • Classes taught by experienced school administrators
  • Fellowships that make the program affordable

What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

Through the program’s integration of theory and practice, you’ll become a reflective learner and practitioner. Although the program focuses on school leadership, you’ll develop a broader grasp of leadership and public finance.

Our program meets Virginia and national standards, and is approved by the Virginia Department of Education. Shenandoah graduates serve as leaders in schools throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

Shenandoah’s program prepares you to be a leader in the challenging, ever-evolving world of public education, and provides you with the knowledge and tools to address key issues such as accountability and standards.

What makes our program unique?

Shenandoah University offers small, face-to-face and hybrid courses on its two campuses. The faculty is comprised of experienced school leaders with a wealth of practical experience and knowledge.

Earning Potential

School leaders earn from $60,000 to $250,000-plus in larger districts.


Hands-on Opportunities

You’ll gain exposure to the many facets of school administration through hands-on experience in a practicum or internship. The non-licensure track enables private and international school leaders to participate in the program, creating a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds that enrich the overall learning of every student.

Course Requirements

Course Title Hrs.
ADM 621 Introduction to Education Administration 3
ADM 622 Schools and Communities 3
ADM 641 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction 3
ADM 640 Curriculum Development and Evaluation 3
ADM 626 Practicum (non-licensure students can substitute with 6 hours of elective) 6
ADM 625 Seminar in Educational Leadership 3
ADM 623 School Law 3
ADM 624 School Finance Theory and Practice 3
RST 672 Outcomes Assessment and Statistical Applications in Organizations 3
RST 684 Introduction to Research Literacy 3
Total   33


Dennis Kellison

Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies
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