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.
Shenandoah’s Professional Studies Certificate for Licensure in Administration and Supervision is designed for individuals who hold a master’s degree from an accredited university and who want to obtain Virginia licensure in School Administration and Supervision.
I think having the real conversations with both professors and colleagues helped with understanding how to be prepared in administration roles. Every day is different and not everything you can learn from a book. Sometimes it’s better to talk through real situations and reflect on how the situation was handled and were there better ways to handle it.”
Allison McLaughlin ’19 | Special Education Dean between Rosa Lee Carter Elementary and Moorefield Station Elementary Schools
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Learn More About This Program
Shenandoah University’s Division of Education & Leadership prepares practitioner-leaders by offering programs of study that conform to the following principles: practicing in a spirit of collaboration; thoughtful examination of the foundations, current contexts and future possibilities of the fields of study; encouraging proactive, problem-centered philosophies of educational and professional practice; producing graduates who will be knowledge-driven, competent decision-makers whose thinking is informed by reflective practice; and preparing caring, capable and reflective teachers, administrators, human services and public sectors practitioners.
The experience and knowledge of the Shenandoah professors enriched each class and allowed for meaningful conversations. I learned more from each professor’s personal experiences than I could have ever learned from a textbook. I felt that whether a class was held virtually or in person, I knew whatever I was going to learn would better prepare me for my school admin career.”
Stephanie Worthley ’20 | Assistant Principal at Kenneth Culbert Elementary School
Our master’s and doctoral programs are unique in their emphasis on the application of theory to real-world problems and lived experiences. Administration and Supervision Licensure and Teacher Education Licensure programs have each earned accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Collaborative conversations and projects with a variety of peers and leaders allowed me to learn from others. I gained new perspectives and experiences that I was unaware of prior to the start of this program. Additionally, reflecting on practicum experiences helped me make meaning and better prepared me for leadership roles.”
Amanda Kim ’22 | Professional Learning Supervisor, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia
Career and Salary Possibilities
Shenandoah graduates serve as leaders in schools throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.
School leaders earn from $60,000 to $250,000-plus in larger districts.
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 school finance.
Our accredited program meets Virginia and national standards, and is approved by the Virginia Department of Education.
Shenandoah’s program prepares you to become 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.
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. You’ll also gain exposure to the many facets of school administration through hands-on experience in a practicum or internship.
|ADM 621||Introduction to Education Administration||3|
|ADM 622||Schools and Communities||3|
|ADM 623||School Law||3|
|ADM 641||Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction||3|
|ADM 640||Curriculum Development and Evaluation||3|
|ADM 624||School Finance Theory and Practice||3|
Our accomplished and caring faculty serve as mentors beyond the classroom. As a team, they prepare you to serve as a compassionate educator, critical thinker and ethical leader. You’ll benefit from small class sizes that enable faculty members to provide individualized attention and nurture your academic and professional development.
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Shenandoah University’s Division Of Education & Leadership provides inquiry-driven, problem-oriented examinations of public education and organizations.
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State Reciprocity – SARA
Shenandoah University is a member of NC-SARA, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. View the licensure requirements for out-of-state students enrolling in Shenandoah programs leading to licensure. Click on the tab at the bottom of the screen to locate your program. Note that these requirements are subject to change. Please contact your program with questions.