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Educational Leadership Studies

Educational Leadership Studies is designed to prepare candidates for leadership in Education.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations,

Students must have completed a range and number of courses in Education deemed appropriate by the Faculty and Dean of Education.
 
A minimum of two years of teaching/leadership experience is recommended. 

Program Requirements 

All students in the Master of Education Program (Educational Leadership Studies) must complete:

  • 6100 Research Designs and Methods in Education
  • 6204 Educational Administration: Theory and Practice
  • 6205 Educational Policy: Theory and Practice

and one of the following:

  • 6 credit hours (thesis route) within closed electives
  • 9 credit hours (internship, paper folio, project, comprehensive-course route) within closed electives

Students on the thesis route must complete at least one of the research courses listed below (E6100 is prerequisite):

  • 6466 Qualitative Research Methods
  • 6467 Quantitative Research Methods
  • 6468 Critical Approaches to Educational Research
  • 6469 Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Action Research

Students on the comprehensive-course route must complete 6290 - Research and Development Seminar in Educational Leadership Studies. Normally students would be permitted to register for this course only after all other course requirements have been met or during the student’s last semester of studies.
 
To meet total credit hour requirements students may choose electives from any university graduate offering provided that those chosen are appropriate to the student’s program.
 
Students on the thesis route must complete a total of at least 18 credit hours plus the thesis.

Students on the internship, paper folio, or project route must complete a total of at least 24 credit hours and the appropriate course option:

  • 6291 Internship in Educational Leadership Studies (6 credit hours)6
  • 6292 Project in Educational Leadership Studies (6 credit hours) 
  • 6293 Paper Folio in Educational Leadership Studies (6 credit hours)

Students on the comprehensive-course route must complete a total of 30 credit hours

Closed electives are those listed below: 

  • 6202 Social Context of Educational Leadership
  • 6203 Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • 6321 Supervisory Processes in Education
  • 6330 Educational Finance
  • 6335 Legal Foundations of Educational Administration
  • 6410 Seminar on Philosophical Issues in Educational Policy and Leadership
  • 6420 Ethical Issues and Perspectives in Educational Practice and Policy
  • 6425 Comparative Perspectives in Public Education, Reform and Leadership
  • 6426 Computer Applications in Educational Administration
  • 6427 School Community Partnerships
  • 6440 Family-School Relations: Leadership and Policy Implications
  • 6465 School Violence: Leadership and Policy Implications
  • 6664 Seminar in School Improvement
  • 6710 Issues in Development and Implementation of Special Education Policy and Practices

    Courses must be appropriate to the program and chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Program Requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership Studies

The Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership Studies provides students with an opportunity to explore a broad range of issues in educational leadership, policy and administration. It prepares candidates to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings, including school and district leadership, post-secondary institutions and policy analysis.

Students wishing to be admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership Studies must meet the criteria for admission specified under Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies) degree, Qualifications for Admission.

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma must complete a total of 18 credit hours, including:

  • 6203 Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • 6204 Educational administration: Theory and Practice
  • 12 credit hours that come from the list of closed electives for the Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies) degree, or other graduate courses appropriate to the student's program and are approved by the Faculty of Education.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma program may request transfer to the Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies) prior to graduation. Students must complete an additional 12 credit hours appropriate to the Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies) degree.

All courses completed must satisfy the requirements for the Graduate Diploma (Educational Leadership Studies) and the Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies) Degree.

The Master of Education and Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership are not listed as distance programs; however, they can be completed by distance with careful planning on the student’s part, as all the core courses and some electives are offered at some point by distance.

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