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The online Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration program prepares you for advanced levels of professional responsibility in diverse educational communities, as well as increases your technical, conceptual, political and leadership skills.

This degree primes you for education and policy leadership positions at the following four levels:

  1. Community
  2. School district
  3. State
  4. National

Completion of the degree may prepare qualified candidates for administrator/principal licensure.

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Accolades and Accreditations
  • The Graduate School of Education and Human Development is ranked among the Best Online Education Schools for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Accredited and recognized as a program of distinction by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

On-Campus Program
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Program Highlights

The George Washington University’s M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration program places a strong emphasis on:

  • Leadership and management
  • Change
  • Communication
  • Organizational learning
  • Administrative and legal issues
  • Human relations
  • Supervision of instruction
  • General supervisory principles

Why GW’s online Master’s in Educational Leadership Administration?
  • Tradition of Excellence: For more than 30 years, GW’s program has created exceptional leaders in education. Join GW’s community of educators who are improving student learning across the nation.
  • Applied Coursework: Students expand their knowledge and skills by completing a series of real-world education leadership projects. Throughout the program, students have opportunities to apply leadership concepts to practice while building their professional portfolio.
  • Team Leadership: Group work is incorporated in every course to simulate the workplace. Students are exposed to different perspectives and gain valuable experience leading teams virtually.
  • Internships: Through two administrative internships, students gain authentic leadership experience by observing and participating in school leadership and leading a significant, semester-long project.
  • Practice-Based Instructors: GW’s educational leadership instructors hold a variety of K-12 education positions. Students learn from faculty members who are current in the field, share their real world experiences and provide uncommon insight on the field.
  • Accreditation: The coursework is aligned with high-quality industry standards to prepare teachers and other school specialists for the classroom.


The 30-credit master’s degree can be completed in as little as 2 years.

Courses (30 Credit Hours)

  • EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6232 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6234 Site-Based Leadership: K-12 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6236 School Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6240 Fundamentals of Educational Leadership and the Change Process (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6244 School-Community Relations (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6246 Seminar: Applied Educational Administration (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6422 Instructional Needs Analysis (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6287-A Internship: Administration (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6287-B Internship: Administration (3 credits)

The program includes courses and field experiences designed to meet administrative certification requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and other states that honor interstate compact agreements.

Career Outlook 

The online Educational Leadership Administration master’s program is designed for teachers and school administrators who want to advance into leadership positions. The program prepares you for advanced levels of professional responsibility in diverse educational communities and will increase your technical, conceptual, political, and leadership skills.

Career Facts and Statistics

The U.S. Department of Labor 2012-2022 forecasts that employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow by 6 percent from 2012 to 2022.*

Employment Settings for Graduates
  • Consulting organization
  • Government department or agency
  • Higher education institution
  • P-12 school—public, private or charter

Potential Job Titles
  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Central Office Administrator
  • Dean
  • Department Chair
  • Director of Admissions
  • Education Advisor
  • Education Consultant
  • Higher Education Instructor
  • Program Director
  • Principal
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals, on the Internet at

Program Options 

Graduate Education Programs

GW also offers online Education programs that are ideal for students with a master’s degree in education who seek further professional preparation for specific objectives.

Completion of the Education Specialist degree or post-master’s certificate may prepare qualified candidates for administrator/principal licensure.

About GW 

As one of the nation’s first major universities to launch online programs, the George Washington University (GW) provides students from all backgrounds — and all locations around the world — with the highest quality online educational opportunities.

Why You Should Earn Your Degree at GW

GW prepares you to lead in research and policy, as well as practice in the fields of teaching, counseling, administration, human and organizational learning, and education policy. The school also offers opportunities for experienced professionals to enrich their education and advance their career.

  • The Graduate School of Education and Human Development is ranked among the Best Online Education Schools for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Strong legacy of transforming students into change agents
  • Unparalleled educational approach that integrates intellectual discovery and interactive learning

Transformation Begins Here

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