Virginia Masters in Education Programs

Are you thinking about going back to school to get a Master’s degree in Education? Virginia boasts more than a dozen colleges and universities from which to choose with nationally accredited graduate programs in Education. Find the Master’s program and specialty area that best suits your career objectives.


Eastern Mennonite University
College of Graduate Studies

Eastern Mennonite University offers several Master’s programs for educators through their College of Graduate Studies. They offer Master of Arts in Education programs with three specializations: Literacy Agent, Diverse Needs Strategist, and Curriculum and Instruction Practitioner. Several concentrations are available within the Diverse Needs Strategist specialty area: Teaching English as a Second Language/TESL, At Risk, and Special Education.

A Master of Arts in Counseling program is also offered in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
(540) 432-4000


George Mason University
Graduate School of Education

George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development offers many educator programs at the graduate level through their Graduate School of Education. Master of Education programs are offered in the following specializations:

  • Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (Concentrations available in Advanced International Baccalaureate, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Mathematics, French, Spanish, History, Literacy/PK-12 Classroom Teachers, Literacy/Reading Specialist, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Special Education and Teacher Leadership)
  • Counseling and Development (Concentrations available in Community Agency Counseling and School Counseling)
  • Early Childhood for Diverse Learners
  • Educational Leadership (Concentrations available in Math Specialist Leader K-8 and Special Education Leadership)
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language/ESL
  • Foreign Language (Concentrations available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish)
  • Instructional Technology (Concentrations available in Assistive/Special Education Technology, Instructional Design and Development, and Integration of Technology in Schools)
  • International Education (Concentrations available in
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Secondary Education (Concentrations available in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, History/Social Science, Mathematics, and Physics)
  • Special Education (Concentration available in Early Childhood Special Education)

They offer a Master of Science in Educational Psychology program with three concentrations available:

  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing
  • Learning, Cognition, and Motivation
  • Teacher Preparation

They also offer a Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Other colleges within George Mason also offer Master’s programs suitable for teachers and other educators. Master of Science degree programs are offered in the following areas of study:

  • Accounting
  • Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Biodefense
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Science
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Forensic Science
  • Geographic and Cartographic Sciences
  • Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence
  • Mathematics
  • Social Work
  • Technology Management

Master of Arts programs are also offered in many academic disciplines including the following:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Art Management
  • Communication
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Criminology, Law, and Society
  • Economics
  • English
  • Foreign Languages (Concentrations available in French, Spanish, and Bilingual/Multicultural Education)
  • Global Affairs
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • History of Decorative Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Concentrations available in Folklore Studies as well as Energy and Sustainability)
  • Middle East and Islamic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (Concentrations available in Applied Developmental Psychology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience/Biopsychology, Human Factors/Applied Cognition, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and School Psychology)
  • Sociology

Other degrees of interest offered at George Mason include a Master of Public Administration program, a Master of Social Work program, and a Master of Public Policy program. Master of Fine Arts programs are offered in Creative Writing, Art, and Dance. A Master of Music program is offered with concentrations available in Performance, Music Education, Conducting, Pedagogy, Composition, and Jazz Studies. Also, a Master of Arts in Teaching program is offered in Art Education.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National Association of Schools of Arts & Design
National Association of Schools of Music
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

4400 University Drive, MS4D1
Thompson Hall 2700
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 993-2010


Hampton University
Graduate College

Hampton University’s College of Education and Continuing Studies offers several graduate programs for educators. They offer Master of Arts degrees in the following specializations:

  • Community Agency Counseling
  • Educational Leadership
  • Elementary Education
  • Gifted Education
  • Montessori Education
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • Student Affairs/College Student Development

They offer Master of Teaching programs in English 6-12, Mathematics 6-12, and Music 6-12. They also offer a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction.

Other colleges within Hampton offer additional programs for teachers. They offer Master of Science programs in the following fields of studies:

  • Applied Mathematics (Concentrations available in Computational Mathematics, Nonlinear Science, and Statistics and Probability)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biology (Concentration available in Environmental Science)
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Physics (Concentrations available in Atmospheric Physics, Medical Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Optical Physics)
  • Planetary Science

A Master of Arts program is also offered in Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

Wigwam, Room 203
Hampton, VA 23668
(757) 727-5454


James Madison University
The Graduate School

The Graduate School at James Madison University offers a variety of Master’s programs for teachers, administrators, and other educators.

For those holding non-teaching Bachelor’s degrees who are seeking initial teacher certification, James Madison offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education, Middle Education, Secondary Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/TESOL, and Special Education with concentrations available in K-12 Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education.

They offer Master of Education programs in several specialty areas including the following:

  • College Student Personnel Administration
  • Curriculum and Instruction (Concentration in American History)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Technology
  • Equity and Cultural Diversity
  • Exceptional Education (Concentrations available in Gifted Education, Autism, and Instructional Specialist)
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Specialist K-8
  • Reading Education
  • School Counseling
  • Special Education

A Master of Science in Education program is also offered in Adult Education/Human Resource Development.

Other Master’s programs are offered at JMU through various other colleges. They include Master of Science programs in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Computer Science (Concentrations available in Digital Forensics and Information Security)
  • Health Sciences
  • Integrated Science and Technology
  • Kinesiology (Concentrations available in Exercise Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Exercise, and Sport and Recreation Leadership)
  • Speech-Language Pathology

James Madison also offers Master of Arts programs in other academic disciplines including the following:

  • Art (Studio)
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • English
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychological Sciences (Concentrations available in Behavior Analysis, Applied Research, Experimental Psychology, and Quantitative Psychology)
  • School Psychology

They offer additional programs leading to a Master of Public Administration, a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, and a Master of Music with concentrations available in Composition, Conducting, Music Education, and Performance.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

17 West Grace Street, MSC 6702
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-6131


Liberty University
The Graduate School

Liberty University’s School of Education offers several graduate degree programs for educators. They offer Master of Arts in Teaching programs leading to initial teacher certfication in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

Master of Education Programs are offered by the School of Education in Administration/Supervision, Program Specialist, School Counseling, and Teaching and Learning (concentrations available in Early Childhood, Educational Technology and Online Learning, Elementary Education, English, General Education, Gifted Education, Leadership, Middle Grades, and Special Education).

A Master of Science program is also offered in Sport Management with concentrations available in Outdoor Adventure Sport and Sport Administration.

Other educator Master’s programs offered at Liberty include Master of Science programs in Accounting as well as Management and Leadership. Master of Arts programs are available in the academic disciplines below:

  • Accounting
  • Christian Ministry
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Human Services (Concentrations available in Business, Christian Ministries, Criminal Justice, Executive Leadership, Health and Wellness, Marriage and Family, and Military Reilience)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Music and Worship
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Philosophical Studies
  • Professional Counseling
  • Public Policy
  • Religion
  • Theological Studies

The university also offers a Master of Religious Education program.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

1971 University Boulevard
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 582-2000


Longwood University
College of Graduate & Professional Studies

Longwood University’s College of Graduate & Professional Studies offers several Master’s programs for educators. They offer Master of Science programs in the following specialty areas:

  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction (Concentrations available Algebra and Middle School Mathematics, Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, Music Education, Spanish, and Special Education General Curriculum)
  • Educational Leadership
  • Elementary Education PK-6
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Literacy and Culture
  • School Library Media
  • Spanish or English as a Second Language PK-6
  • Special Education

Additional Master of Science degrees are offered in Sociology as well as Communication Sciences and Disorders. A Master of Arts in English program is also offered with concentrations available in Creative Writing, Education and Writing, Literature, and Initial Teaching Licensure 6-12.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909
(434) 395-2380


Marymount University
School of Education & Human Services

Marymount University offers several graduate programs for teachers, administrators, and others in the Education field. They offer several Master of Education programs in the following specialty fields:

  • Administration and Supervision PK-12
  • Elementary Education PK-6
  • English as a Second Language PK-12
  • Professional Studies
  • Secondary Education 6-12
  • Special Education K-12 (General Curriculum)

Master of Arts programs are offered in the following fields of study:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Criminal Justice Administration and Policy
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care
  • School Counseling
Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

2807 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 284-1620


Norfolk State University
Graduate School

Educators can find several Master’s programs at Norfolk State University. The School of Education offers a Master of Arts in Teaching program leading to initial teacher certification in Elementary Education PK-6. They also offer Master of Arts programs in the following specialties:

  • Pre-Elementary Education
  • Special Education (Concentrations available in Adapted Curriculum K-12, General Curriculum K-12, and Rehabilitation Counseling)
  • Urban Education (Concentrations available in Community Counseling, School Counseling PK-12, Administration and Supervision PK-12, and subject areas)

Master of Science programs are offered by other colleges and schools at Norfolk State in Computer Science, Electronics Engineering, and Optical Engineering. Additional Master of Arts programs are offered in the following academic areas:

  • Applied Sociology
  • Community/Clinical Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Media and Communications
  • Urban Affairs
  • Visual Studies

They also offer a Master of Social Work program, a Master of Fine Arts program in Visual Arts, and a Master of Music program with concentrations in Music Education, Performance, and Theory-Composition.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 823-8600


Old Dominion University
Darden College of Education

Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education offers a variety of graduate programs for teachers and other educators. They offer Master of Science in Education programs in the following specialization areas:

  • Athletic Training
  • Counseling (Concentrations available in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College and University Counseling, and School Counseling PK-12)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education PK-6
  • Educational Leadership
  • Exercise Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Higher Education
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Library Science
  • Middle School Education 6-8
  • Occupational and Technical Studies (Concentrations available in Career and Technical Education, Business and Industry Training, and Community College Teaching)
  • Reading
  • Recreation and Tourism Studies
  • Secondary Education (Concentrations available in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Mathematics, English, Social Studies/History, and Physics)
  • Special Education (Concentrations available in General Curriculum/Mild Disabilities K-12, Early Childhood Special Education Birth-5, Adapted Curriculum/Severe Disabilities K-12, and Research)
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Sports Management
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/TESOL K-12

Master of Science programs are offered to educators through the other colleges at Old Dominion. Those programs include the following fields of study:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Community Health
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Health
  • Ocean and Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Additional Master of Arts programs are offered at Old Dominion in the following areas:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Applied Sociology
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Lifespan and Digital Communication

Old Dominion also offers a Master of Music Education program, a Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing, and a Master of Public Administration program.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

222 Koch Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-3079


Radford University
College of Graduate and Professional Studies

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers educators who attend Radford University many options when it comes to Master’s degree programs. Master of Science programs offered of interest to educators include the following:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Counseling and Human Development (Concentrations available in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
  • Education (Concentrations available in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education, Educational Technology, and Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education)
  • Educational Leadership
  • English
  • Literacy Education
  • Music
  • Psychology (Concentrations available Clinical Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology)
  • Special Education (Specializations available in General Curriculum K-12, Adapted Curriculum K-12, Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12, and Visual Impairment PK-12)

Radford offers several Master of Arts degree programs for educators. They include:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • English
  • Music
  • Psychology (Concentrations available Clinical Counseling, Experimental Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology)

Additionally, a Master of Fine Arts in Art degree and Master of Social Work degree are offered.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

Lucas Hall, PO Box 6928
Radford, VA 24142
(540) 831-5431


The College of William and Mary
School of Education

The School of Education at William & Mary offers several graduate programs for educators. Master of Arts in Education programs are available in the following specializations:

  • Elementary Education PK-6
  • Secondary Education 6-12 (Concentrations available in English, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Science, and Social Studies)
  • Special Education K-12
  • Literacy Leadership K-12
  • Gifted Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction (Concentration available as a Math Specialist)

A Master of Education program is offered in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership with concentrations available in PK-12 Administration & Supervision as well as Higher Education Administration. Master of Education programs are also offered in School Counseling, School Psychology, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Community Counseling (with a concentration available in Addictions).

Master of Arts programs are available in the following specializations:

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology (Concentrations available in Historical Anthropology or Historical Archaeology)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • History (Concentrations available in Early American and US History as well as Comparative and Transnational HIstory)
  • Physics

Master of Science programs are offered in the following specialty areas:

  • Applied Science (Concentrations available in Accelerator Physics, Applied Mathematics, Applied Robotics, Atmospheric and Environmental Science, Computational Biology Computational Neuroscience, Computational Science, Conservation Science, Environmental Science, and Lasers and Optics to name a few)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science (Concentrations available in Computational Operations Research and Computational Science)
Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
National Association of School Psychologists
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187
(757) 221-4300


Virginia Commonwealth University
Graduate School

Educators are offered many Master’s programs through the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Master of Teaching degree programs are offered with concentrations available in Early/Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Teacher Education in Health and Physical Education. Master of Education programs are available in the following areas:

  • Adult Learning (Concentrations available in Adult Literacy, Human Resource Development, and Teaching and Learning with Technology)
  • Counselor Education (Concentrations available in School Counseling and College Student Development and Counseling)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (Concentrations available in Instructional Technology as well as Health and Physical Education)
  • Educational Leadership (Concentrations available in Leadership Studies as well as Administration and Supervision)
  • Reading
  • Special Education (Concentrations available in Early Childhood Special Education, Severe Disabilities, and Special Education/General Education)
  • Sport Leadership

The School of Education also offers Master of Science programs are offered in Athletic Training as well as Health and Movement Sciences. A Master of Arts in Education with a specialty in Art Education.

Other Colleges and Schools within VCU also offer Master’s level programs for educators. Master of Science programs are offered in the following specialties:

  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business (Concentrations available in Decision Sciences and Business Analytics, Finance, Global Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, and Real Estate Valuation)
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical and Translational Sciences
  • Clinical and Laboratory Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forensic Science (Concentrations available in Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry/Drugs and Toxicology, Forensic Chemistry/Trace, and Forensic Physical Analysis)
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Gerontology
  • Human Genetics
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematical science (Concentrations available in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, and Statistics)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Physics
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Sociology

Master of Arts programs are available in English, History, and Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Master of Fine Arts programs are offered in Ceramics, Creative Writing, Design/Interior Environments, Furniture Design, Glassworking, Jewelry/Metalworking, Kinetic Imaging, Painting, Photography, Print Making, Sculpture, and Theatre. A Master of Music in Music Education program is also available.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

Moseley House
1001 Grove Avenue
PO Box 843051
Richmond, VA 23284
(804) 828-6916


Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Graduate School

The Graduate School at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University offers many Master’s degree programs for educators. A Master of Science in Education program is offered in Career and Tecnical Education with concentrations available in Agricultural Education, Business and Information Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and Marketing Education. Additional Master of Arts in Education programs are offered in Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

There are many other Master’s programs offered by Virginia Tech that are applicable to educators seeking to further develop skills in their specialization. Master of Science programs are offered in the following specialty areas:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Animal and Poultry Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Biological Sciences
  • Building Construction
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science and Applications
  • Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
  • Dairy Science
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Finance
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Human Development
  • Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Wood Science and Forest Products

Master of Arts programs are offered in the following specialties:

  • Communication
  • English
  • Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science

Additionally, Master of Fine Arts programs are available in Creative Technologies, Creative Writing, and Theatre Arts.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (0325)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5645


Virginia State University
School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Outreach

Virginia State University’s School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Outreach has many programs to prepare professional educators as well as students seeking initial teacher certification. Master of Education programs are available in the following specializations:

  • Career and Technical Studies (Concentrations available in Occupational Studies and Project Management)
  • Counselor Education (Concentrations available in School Counseling, Student Personal Services in Higher Education, and community Mental Health)
  • Education (Concentrations available in Media and Technology, Elementary Education, and Special Education)
  • Educational Administration and Supervision

Virginia state offers Master of Science programs in the following areas of study:

  • Biology
  • Career and Technical Studies (Concentrations available in Occupational Studies and Project Management)
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Education
  • Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Plant Science
  • Psychology
  • Sports Management

They also offer Master of Arts degrees in Economics, English, History, and Media Management.

Accreditations

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

1 Hayden Drive
Petersburg, VA 23806
(804) 524-5984

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