Educational Leadership and Administration

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Arts in Education & Human Development (M.A. Ed.H.D.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Post-Master's Certificate
Location(s): Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn, Alexandria Graduate Education Center, Hampton Roads Center, Online Learning

Program Overview

GW’s Educational Leadership and Administration program has garnered national recognition from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and is nationally accredited and recognized as a program of distinction by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The programs have been designed for the working professional in the K-12 arena and diverse school communities interested in various school-based and central office leadership and supervisory positions, increased responsibility in teaching, and advanced levels of professional responsibility.

The Master of Arts in Education and Human Development, the Post-Master’s Certificate, and the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees have been designed to meet the required credits, courses, and field experiences that are part of the administrative licensure process in the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Virginia, and many other states. Graduates are prepared for positions of assistant principal, principal and instructional supervision.

The Post-Master’s Certificate program in Educational Leadership and Administration is designed for individuals who have teaching credentials, hold a master's degree from an accredited institution and are seeking licensure in administration in order to be qualified for a position as assistant principal, principal or central office supervisor. The program is designed to give prospects with masters’ degrees a second option for licensure.

The doctoral program (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership & Administration offers a premier degree preparing candidates to achieve high-level success in a K-12 school setting. With an emphasis on promoting high student achievement through teacher mentoring, problem-solving, and data analysis the Educational Leadership and Administration program will prepare you for a leadership position in a school setting of your choice. Researchers and practitioners who aspire to high levels of responsibility in educational organizations will develop leadership skills through coursework, seminars, research associations with faculty, and self-directed activities. This academically rigorous program prepares graduates for leadership responsibilities


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – Rolling admissions

Spring – Rolling admissions

Summer – Rolling admissions

Standardized tests:

M.A. Ed.H.D., Post-Master's Certificate, Ed.S.: Standardized tests not required.

Ed.D.: Either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) is required.

Recommendations required: 

Two (2) recommendations from an academic instructor/advisor or someone who can speak of your academic abilities.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. Doctoral candidates are expected to write a more comprehensive essay of 750 to 1,200 words. In addition to the guidelines stated above, you should clearly indicate your primary and supporting fields of study and describe your research areas.

Additional requirements: 

A resumé and an interview with a program advisor are required.

The M.A. Ed.H.D., Post-Master's Certificate, and Ed.S. require a minimum of one year of teaching experience.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday