Educational Leadership & Policy Program

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Educational Leadership & Policy Program

Educational Leadership & Policy Program Overview

The Educational Leadership & Policy (ELP) program is devoted to the study and development of policy, leadership, change, and social diversity in elementary and secondary schools and other educational settings for children and youth. A combination of theory and real-world practice will enable students to tackle the complex challenges of current education policy, leadership and reform. Program strengths include: 

  • A focus on equity, anti-oppression, and educational justice;
  • Deep expertise in both the Ontario educational context and in comparative, international, and global contexts; and
  • Training in advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods. 

The ELP program is designed to develop critical and highly skilled educational leaders, policy analysts, and researchers who will make positive change in schools, school boards (districts), government ministries, foundations, nongovernmental agencies, and international organizations in Canada and around the world. Within the program, students are able to explore the field more broadly or focus on one of four thematic areas: Policy, Leadership, Change, and Social Diversity. Students have four degree program options within ELP: M.Ed, MA, Ed.D, and Ph.D.

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