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Administration & Supervision Certificate

For those individuals who aren’t seeking another graduate degree but do want the necessary coursework for state endorsement to become an administrator, the certificate program is for you. The Certificate in Administration & Supervision provides a Virginia Department of Education-approved program of study for PreK-12 Administration and Supervision endorsement.

This option is for individuals who already have a master’s degree and are seeking Virginia endorsement to obtain a position as principal, assistant principal, or central office supervisor. Students complete the core required courses (30 credits) as well as an administrative internship. This is a part-time program for working professionals offered in Charlottesville, Falls Church, and Richmond.

Candidates for certification are responsible for completion of all other state requirements. In addition to completion of Curry’s approved program of studies and internship, candidates are required to have a passing score on the School Leader’s Licensure Assessment, a master’s degree, and a minimum of three years of successful classroom teaching experience with a Virginia teaching license. Detailed information about Virginia requirements for certification in preK-12 Administration and Supervision may be accessed on the Virginia Department of Education website.

The tuition for the Curry School’s A&S part-time program for working professionals at our Falls Church and Richmond Centers is one of lowest of all Virginia universities. In addition, our A&S program is ranked # 1 in the state of Virginia and # 8 nationwide by US News & World Report.



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Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

  • Online application for admission;
  • Transcripts verifying undergraduate and master’s degree;
  • Three years of teaching experience and a Virginia teaching license;
  • Two recommendation forms, preferably one from a course instructor and one from a supervisor;
  • Current résumé; and
  • statement of professional goals (typically 1 to 2 pages).
  • a writing sample is not required.

Application Due Date

ALL application materials, including test scores, transcripts, and recommendations, must be received by the deadlines below in order for an application to be considered complete.

Students applying to study in Charlottesville:
- Fall entry: February 1 for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until June 1 on a space-available basis.
- Spring entry: October 15
- Summer entry: February 1

All other locations: 
- Fall entry: June 1
- Spring entry: October 15
- Summer entry: February 1

Applicants will be assigned an advisor, once they have been admitted.

Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of all core coursework requirements as well as an administrative internship (see Internship Handbook). See the Course Overview below. No requirements completed more than five years before the certificate is to be awarded may be credited toward this certificate.
  • At the end of the program, students must apply for endorsement in Administration and Supervision from the Virginia Department of Education.

Students should consult the Administration and Supervision Handbook for more information about the requirements of the program. For detailed instructions on getting the certificate designation on transcripts and applying for endorsement, consult the Graduation and Endorsement Instructions for Administration and Supervision.

Funding Opportunities

Educators may apply for the preK-12 educator discount, which significantly reduces tuition costs. This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Typical Length of Study

By taking two courses per semester, students can complete the course of study in five semesters and the internship during the sixth semester.

Full or Part Time:

All students are part-time, working professionals. Courses are offered on an alternating annual basis during fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Course Overview

Each course is 3 credits. Courses are subject to change, so please confirm your selection in the Student Information System (SIS). For instructions on searching in SIS click below.

Browse and register for courses in SIS.

Below is the list of courses for the Certificate program.

Schools as Professional Learning Communities - EDLF 7140 3 Credit Hours
Public School Administration - EDLF 7804 3 Credit Hours
Human Resource Management - EDLF 7805 3 Credit Hours
School and Community Relations - EDLF 7806 3 Credit Hours
School Principalship - EDLF 7807 3 Credit Hours
School Finance - EDLF 7808 3 Credit Hours
School Law - EDLF 7810 3 Credit Hours
Introduction to Supervision and Instruction - EDLF 7811 3 Credit Hours
Leadership for Low-Performing Schools - EDLF 7812 3 Credit Hours
Technology Leadership - EDLF 7813 3 Credit Hours
Administrative Internship - EDLF 8988 3 Credit Hours

Sample Jobs After Graduation

Most students pursue assistant principal positions after completion of the program but some step directly into principal or central office positions.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at

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