Educational Leadership

Increase Student Achievement by Preparing Strong Leaders

Educational Leadership programs are designed for students seeking licensure as superintendents (EdD) and principals (MSA). We prepare professionals who can soundly instruct teachers and leaders at all levels and apply qualitative and quantitative research as a basis for school improvement. Our students learn ethical and professional practices, develop strong communication skills, and learn to participate effectively in educational politics, policy analysis, and development. While states control licensure and requirements vary, these skills are critical for successful service and leadership.

Developing Principals as Instructional Leaders

Application materials must be submitted via ApplyYourself, NC State’s web-based application system. The application deadline is once per year, on December 1, for fall admission.

Balancing Theory and Best Practices

The MSA program seeks to inspire and equip future school leaders to understand and apply theoretical knowledge and leadership practices that will improve academic and personal achievement for diverse school communities. As 21st century school leaders, our graduates become highly effective change agents, able to drive significant and sustainable school improvement. We work to develop distributive leaders who foster mutual openness and trust, individual commitment, organizational purpose, and a shared vision that is reinforced through shared experiences and actions.

Preparing the Next Generation of Principals

Designed for school administrators, the program in Educational Leadership seeks to improve the quality of K-12 schools by preparing leaders who are dedicated to educational excellence and equity. Graduates are empowered with leadership strategies that improve student performance in environments that are dynamic, interactive, and culturally diverse.

A Commitment to Higher Achievement for All Students

Our extraordinary roster of alumni are leaders in education in North Carolina and beyond.


December 16

Between 2011-2013, 27 doctoral students graduated with their Doctor of Education degrees in Educational Administration and Supervision.  Congratulations to our graduates ~ we are proud of you!

Research Updates

Judy Stover, Ed.D. in Educational Administration & Supervision

Lead & Serve

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