The Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies)

This program offers study entirely online however it is dependent on course selection, and whether the electives chosen are offerred through CITL. It is recommended that students confirm their elective course choices are available online in the term they wish to complete the course by contacting the Office of Academic Programs at Faculty of Education. With careful planning this program can be completed fully online.

The Educational Leadership Studies program 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.

The Faculty offers a Master of Education degree and a Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership Studies.

Note: On-campus offerings of a course for this program are only available when enrolment allows. For the convenience of our professional students, on-campus course offerings are evening classes.

Program Requirements

  • Course Route - 30 credit hours of study
  • Thesis Route - 18 credit hours plus thesis
  • Internship – 24 credit hours plus internship
  • Project - 24 credit hours plus project
  • Paper Folio - 24 credit hours plus paperfolio

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 thesis route must complete a total of at least 18 credit hours plus the thesis.


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.

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


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

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.


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.

Minimum Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations, applicants must have:

• Graduate diploma and MEd – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class or 70% average in last 30 attempted courses); some programs have prerequisites and require work experience

• PhD – Master's Degree in Education ('A' standing) or an equivalent Master's Degree from an accredited university; evidence of scholarly work; and two years of professional experience in an educational setting. An interview may also be required.

Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change. The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.

Admission Requirements - MEd Educational Leadership Studies

On-campus offerings in this program are only available when enrolment allows.

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations, applicants must also have :

  • 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

Students should also refer to:
Master of Education Degree Regulations


Apply Online

Students are required to apply online to have information formally assessed. Applications and official supporting documents are due to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadlines. Complete detailed application packages are expected by the deadline date.

Applications may be submitted online by following the process outlined at School of Graduate Studies-Application Package.

General Program Information for Graduate Students


Additional Notes Regarding Admission to MEd programs

Deferral Requests

The Faculty of Education, Office of Academic Programs policy regarding deferrals changed as of the 2015-2016 Spring Semester.

Students accepted to programs without caps on enrollment (Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Studies, Educational Leadership Studies, Educational Technology & Post-Secondary Studies), are advised that the graduate office does not accept deferral requests unless there are extenuating circumstances and supporting documentation. In such cases, a maximum of one deferral for one semester may be granted. Files will be kept for a one year period, which enable students to ask to be reconsidered for a competition within that timeframe at no additional cost.

Students accepted to the Counselling Psychology program (because of the cap on enrollment), under extenuating circumstances only, may also be granted one deferral.

Confirmation of Work Experience

Students are required to submit an official letter from the school district office/employer verifying work experience. This letter should indicate total number of teaching days accumulated, as a minimum of two years of teaching (or related) experience is recommended for admission for most programs.

Please have this information forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline date.

Educational Leave

If you are considering applying for educational leave in order to pursue a Master of Education program, you should first apply to the program. If you are not granted educational leave, but are accepted to the program, you can commence your studies on a part-time basis.



Note: Students who do not complete their programs in the number of semesters of their payment plans will be required to pay a continuance fee for each additional semester required. See School of Graduate Studies Minimum Expense form.


Date and Deadlines

Education Courses

ED6100 – Research Designs and Methods in Education
ED6202 – Social Context of Educational Leadership
ED6203 – Leadership: Theory and Practice
ED6204 – Educational Administration: Theory and Practice
ED6205 – Educational Policy: Theory and Practice
ED6321 – Supervisory Processes in Education
ED6330 – Educational Finance
ED6335 – Legal Foundations of Educational Administration
ED6410 – Seminar on Philosophical Issues in Educational Policy and Leadership
ED6420 – Ethical Issues and Perspectives in Educational Practice and Policy
ED6425 – Comparative Perspectives in Public Education, Reform and Leadership
ED6426 – Computer Applications in Educational Administration
ED6427 – School Community Partnerships
ED6440 – Family-School Relations: Leadership and Policy Implications
ED6465 – School Violence: Leadership and Policy Implications
ED6466 – Qualitative Research Methods
ED6467 – Quantitative Research Methods
ED6468 – Critical Approaches to Educational Research
ED6469 – Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Action Research
ED6664 – Seminar in School Improvement
ED6710 – 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. 

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

Contact

Faculty of Education

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000