Administration & Supervision
If you are passionate about equity and educational opportunities for all learners and are ready to make a broader impact on your community, our Administration & Supervision program can help you develop into a top-tier education leader.
The Curry Impact
It takes commitment, high energy and enthusiasm to become an effective leader in education. Under the direction of Curry’s nationally acclaimed faculty, you will use these traits to determine effective solutions to the current challenges facing education, and educational leaders.
As a student in the Administration & Supervision program, you will help shape the future of educational institutions in the United States. American schools serve diverse populations, and at Curry, we believe it is necessary to weave issues of diversity and equity throughout our coursework so that you can create optimal learning environments for all children. Our goal is to pursue creative solutions to educational challenges through evidence-based research, teaching and service to the field of education.
“Faculty have given me numerous opportunities to be involved in their research while both encouraging and supporting me in my own research endeavors. This has made all the difference.”– Frank Perrone, Ph.D. student
Graduates of our highly ranked Administration & Supervision program find meaningful, impactful work in and out of the classroom. Our graduates have gone on to become superintendents, principals, assistant principals, central office supervisors and other leadership positions. Graduates of our doctoral programs pursue positions in state and federal education agencies, and other organizations serving the professional needs of educators. Others pursue academic or research positions in universities, think tanks, and non-profit organizations.
Explore Our Degrees
Choosing the right degree within our program is important to ensuring that you achieve an outcome that supports your career goals. Let us help guide you through your choices.
By earning an M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision, you will learn how to guide the teaching of excellent instructors, manage the complex needs of students and parents, and help orchestrate school reform. This innovative program provides unique core classes and an elective class tailored to your interests. It concludes with a meaningful administrative internship that is individually designed for you to promote your growth and development. This program is offered part-time for working professionals in Charlottesville, Falls Church and Richmond.
The highly competitive, top-ranked Ed.D. in Administration & Supervision program has advanced the careers of some of Virginia’s and the nation’s most successful education leaders. It prepares individuals like you who recognize that America’s future depends on imagination, creativity, disciplined inquiry and teamwork. It is unique in its approach - a deeply engaging cohort of school leaders in a community of practice similar to the environment they will then create for professionals in their own workplaces. This part-time program in Falls Church holds classes primarily one Friday and Saturday per month. The next cohort starts in summer 2019, with recruitment beginning in fall 2018 and applications due January 15, 2019.
Ph.D. in Education
If you prefer a small, personalized, top-tier program in education leadership, then it’s time to pursue a Ph.D. in Education — Administration & Supervision. This full-time, research-based program is offered in Charlottesville and investigates: leadership of low-performing schools; policy concerning school turnarounds; K-12 leadership for educational technology; and preparation of educational leaders. The Curry School also hosts the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), an international organization representing research universities offering doctoral degrees in educational leadership. Because of UCEA’s affiliation with Administration & Supervision, you will have a variety of opportunities to work on the front lines of innovation in the preparation of educational leaders.
Curry Administration & Supervision Program by the Numbers
Best Administration & Supervision Program in Virginia, U.S. News & World Report
Best Administration & Supervision Program in the Country, U.S. News & World Report
of Virginia's School Superintendents are Curry Graduates (56 of 134)
Alumni Spotlight: James Lane, 2017 VA Superintendent of the Year
"I'm honored to represent the many deserving colleagues that we have in Virginia and am so humbled to have been chosen by superintendents that I admire and those that inspire me. I truly want to thank the Curry School for the amazing education I received to prepare me to become a superintendent."
Student Performance Snapshot
The academic profile for students admitted in Fall 2016, was as follows:
- Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.52
- Average GRE scores:
- Quantitative – 152
- Verbal - 157
- Analytical Writing - 4.3
For students who graduated between Fall 2016 and Summer 2017, the average score on the licensure exam (the School Leaders Licensure Assessment, or SLLA), was 182. In Virginia, a passing score on the SLLA is defined by regulation as 165, and 100% of our graduates passed the licensure exam.
Administration and Supervision Graduate Survey (2017)
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The program content emphasized instructional leadership
The program content emphasized leadership for school and organizational improvement.
The program provided a coherent learning experience.
The program was challenging and intellectually stimulating.
I was asked to reflect on practice and analyze how to improve it.
The program integrated theory and practice.
The program gave me a strong orientation to educational leadership as a career.
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
- National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
- American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Michelle Beavers Associate ProfessorSara Dexter Associate Professor, Senior Associate Director, UCEA, Program CoordinatorDavid Eddy Spicer Associate ProfessorCoby V. Meyers Associate Professor of Education , PLE Chief of ResearchSandra P. Mitchell Instructor of EducationPamela D. Tucker ProfessorMichelle D. Young Professor; Executive Director of UCEA, EDLF Department Chair