School and Ranking Information
Several large universities in and near Arlington, VA, including those located in nearby Maryland and Washington, DC, provide educational leadership degree programs. The majority of these schools are private nonprofit institutions. Based on rankings, school type and number of master's degrees awarded in the field of study, the following university is considered a top school for educational leadership studies in the Arlington area:
- Winner: George Mason University (GMU) is one of the few public institutions found within 25 miles of Arlington, VA, that offers educational leadership degree programs. No other school of any type in the area awards more master's degrees in this subject than GMU. Students can also pursue a doctorate in educational leadership.
School Info Chart
|Category||George Mason University|
|Ranking||#138 (tie) Best National Universities (2015); #55 Best Graduate Education School (2014)*; #148 Best Online Graduate Education Programs (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Average Graduate Tuition (2013-2014)||$9,350 (in-state); $25,754 (out-of-state)**|
|Educational Leadership Degrees Offered||Master's and doctoral|
|Educational Leadership Master's Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||124**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||67%**|
|Noteworthy||Graduate School of Education has eight research centers, including the Center for Education Policy and Evaluation|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator
George Mason University
- The Division of Educational Leadership hosts an annual leadership conference
- Master of Education in Educational Leadership program can be completed on-campus or in a hybrid format, which includes a summer study abroad experience
- Educational leadership program recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
The main campus of George Mason University is just 13 miles outside of Arlington in the suburban city of Fairfax, Virginia. The public school has additional campuses located around Arlington County and in neighboring counties. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs to nearly 34,000 students per year. Programs of study are divided into ten schools and colleges, including the College of Education and Human Development, which awards master's and doctoral degrees in educational leadership.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program allows students to participate in classroom lectures, group discussions, internship activities, simulations, case studies and on-the-job training. Courses cover schools and the law, community and educational organization, organizational management, foundations of educational leadership, evaluation of instruction and conflict management in educational settings. The required internship component must be completed in the second term of the program. Those who already hold a master's degree and have completed several years of professional teaching can enroll in an advanced program to gain licensure as a school administrator in a pre-K-12 setting. Coursework consists of 24 credit hours.
The 30-credit Master of Education in Educational Leadership with a mathematics specialist leader concentration is specifically designed for aspiring educational leaders who also want to become mathematics specialists at the K-8 level. Examples of topics addressed in the curriculum include instructional supervision, mathematics learning and assessment, research in mathematics instruction, number theory for K-8 teachers and curriculum development for mathematics education. The program also contains an internship.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership program covers topics in leadership and scholarship, research methods and topics drawn from a particular professional specialization. Some educational leadership topics addressed in required courses include organizational theory, policy administration, instructional leadership and decision making processes. Students must also choose a secondary concentration and complete a doctoral dissertation as well as an advanced internship.