Aspire to Lead

If you are a teacher aspiring to become a school administrator, the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the position.  The program is designed for individuals with an active teaching license who currently teach in an accredited public or private school and wish to pursue a Virginia license in Administration and Supervision Prek-12. The master’s program in educational leadership prepares educators for positions in the areas of administration and supervision elementary, middle, and high school principals, superintendents and assistant superintendents of school divisions, instructional supervisors, teacher leaders, and directors of special education and technology.  The curriculum is based on real-life scenarios and focuses on strengthening research skills and leadership abilities of each student. Additionally, the program curriculum reflects an emphasis on the Virginia Standards for Administration and Supervision and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers in collaboration with the National Policy Board on Educational Administration (NPBEA).


Admission Requirements

Requirements for Applicants:
  1. Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Candidates must complete a Master of Arts in Education Application for Admission.
  3. Candidates must receive two positive responses from either the Bluefield College web-based reference forms or two letters of recommendation, both from individuals who have observed the applicant in a classroom or professional setting or have knowledge of their work ethic, academic abilities, and teaching proficiency.
  4. Candidates must possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a conferred degree.
    1. Candidates must provide an official undergraduate transcript showing degree conferred and major completed.
    2. Candidates must submit official transcripts showing any completed graduate coursework.
  5. Candidates must have a valid professional teaching license. Candidates must provide a copy of the professional license – prospective candidates with a valid professional teaching license from the state of Virginia may choose to have their license verified via the Virginia Department of Education website instead of submitting a copy to Bluefield College.
Before program completion, candidates must:
  1. Have completed three years of successful, full-time experience in an accredited public or private school, in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia.
  2. Pass a school leader's assessment prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education for all individuals who are seeking an initial endorsement authorizing them to serve as principals and assistant principals in the public schools. Individuals seeking an initial administration and supervision endorsement who are interested in serving as central office instructional personnel are not required to take and pass the school leaders assessment prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education.

Course List

EDU 5013: Introduction to Principalship (20 Internship Hours)

EDU 5243: Classroom Management and Behavior in a Diverse Society (20 Internship Hours)

EDU 5033: School Law (20 Internship Hours)

EDU 5023: School and Community Relations (20 Internship Hours)

EDU 5213:  Assessment and Evaluation for Student Growth

EDU 5043: Theories of Educational Leadership (20 Internship Hours)

EDU 5143: Teaching Strategies for Student Learning

EDU 5133: Foundations of Special Education (20 Internship Hours)

EDU 5123:  Education and Society

EDU 5233:  Understanding and Implementation of Curriculum

EDU 5053: Internship and Action Research for Leadership Part 1 (100 Internship Hours)

EDU 5063: Internship and Action Research for Leadership Part 2 (100 Internship Hours)

PRE REQ: Passing Score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (Test Code: 6990)

Field Experiences

Candidates enrolled in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, including Virginia licensure in Administration and Supervision Prek-12 will be required to complete a minimum of 320 clock hours in an accredited public or private school: 

  • 120 clock hours are embedded as experiential field-based opportunities in coursework.
  • 200 clock hours will be completed in a deliberately structured and supervised internship.

The field experiences will be focused on student academic progress for all students and provide significant experiences within a school environment for candidates to synthesize and apply content knowledge and develop professional skills through school-based leadership experiences. Candidates will be exposed to five different sites, such as elementary, middle, high, central office, and agency, with diverse student populations. Candidates will be required to document a minimum of 320 clock hours, of which 120 clock hours are embedded as experiential field-based opportunities experienced during coursework.

Program Goals

Bluefield College follows the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC), revised and adopted by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) on December 12, 2007. Our program goals are aligned with the Code of Virginia to require that initial licensure for principals and other school leaders, as determined by the State Board of Education, be contingent upon passage of the SLLA. These 6 standards are aligned with each required course offering.

  1. An education leader promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders.
  2. An education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  3. An education leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. An education leader promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  5. An education leader promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  6. An education leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.