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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Program

Cohort Requirements and Schedules


The Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) program offers cohort-based programming for MEd and EdD students is available in select years. 

In order to support the cohort model, there is a specified sequence to the required courses. On this page, you'll find schedules for cohorts currently running. 

Are you interested in applying for a cohort program in Educational Leadership and Policy? In 2022, we will be offering a Masters of Education Online/Hybrid Cohort.  

2015 EdD at the University of Toronto Mississauga Cohort

The EdD Cohort in Educational Leadership and Policy at University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) was designed to increase accessibility for students living west of the GTA. Most core corses are offered at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, and electives are offered both at OISE and online.
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

1. Coursework: 5 core mandatory half-courses, and 3 elective half-courses, one of which must be at the 3000-level.

2. Comprehensive examination

3. Thesis proposal hearing

4. Thesis: One component of which may be a document of the kind used in the field, such as a policy document or policy handbook, white paper or restructuring plan.

 

SCHEDULE

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin

 

Term Course/Requirement  Location
September 2015 LHA3040H: Administrative Theory and Educational Problems I: People and Power in Organizations UTM
January 2016 LHA3041H: Administrative Theory and Educational Problems II: Doctoral Seminar on Policy Issues in Education  UTM
May/June 2016 Elective course OISE or online
September 2016 Elective course OISE or online
January 2017 LHA3042H: Field Research in Educational Administration UTM
May/June 2017 Elective course OISE or online
September 2017 LHA3047H: Research Seminar on Research in Authentic Settings UTM
January 2018 LHA3044H: Internship/Practicum in Educational Administration

Comprehensive Exams

Proposal Hearings

Final Oral Examinations
 

 

 

2016 MEd Online/Hybrid Cohort 

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy's hybrid/online cohort is a part-time degree program where students complete one course per term and move through the program as a group.
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 6 courses (4 core courses and 2 electives) 
  • 4 courses are open electives; these can be taken online or in-class
  • There is no thesis or major research paper requirement; students wishing to go on to doctoral work should discuss their options with the course coordinator 
     

SCHEDULE

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin

 
2016 Fall LHA1040H: Educational Leadership and Policy I: Introduction to Educational Administration: Policy, Leadership and Change (Online)
2017 Winter LHA1041H: Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (Online)
2017 Spring   Elective course
2017 Summer Elective course
2017 Fall LHA1004H: Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (Online)
2018 Winter Elective course
2018 Spring Elective course
2018 Summer Elective Course
2018 Fall Elective course
2019 Winter LHA1018H: Political Skill in the Education Arena (This elective course will be offered online)
2019 Spring LHA1050H: Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools (Online)
2019 Summer Elective course

Note: There are 6 sessions available to complete 4 open electives. 

 

2016 MEd Cohort, GTA West 

This program serves students who live and/or work in the West area of the GTA by offering its core courses at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus (UTM). Students move through the program as a group, and complete one course per term. 

All Educational Leadership and Policy MEd students are accepted into a course-only program.  Students who wish to go on to doctoral studies should discuss their options with the course coordinator, or apply to switch to a program option that includes a major research paper or thesis. This switch normally takes place after the student has completed three or four courses.  Students making this switch may finish the program at a different time.
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 5 core half-courses, taken at UTM
  • 5 open elective half-courses, taken at OISE or online
     

SCHEDULE

In order to support the cohort model, there is a specified sequence to the recommended courses.

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin

 

Term Course/Requirement  Location
Fall 2016

LHA1041H: Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling

UTM
Winter 2017

LHA1040H: Educational Leadership and Policy I: Introduction to Educational Administration: Policy, Leadership and Change 

UTM
Spring 2017 Elective course OISE or online
Fall 2017 LHA1004H: Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (Online) OISE
Winter 2018 Elective course OISE
Spring 2018 LHA1029H: Leadership and Inclusion UTM
Fall 2018 Elective course OISE or online
Winter 2019 LHA1050H: Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools UTM
Spring 2019 Elective course OISE
Summer 2019 Elective course OISE

 

Part-time students (such as online cohort students) can take no more than 1 half-course within in the ‘spring/summer term’ (i.e., one in the May/June session OR one in the July/August session). If you wish to take more than 1 half-course, you will need to contact the Registrar’s Office to change your status to full-time for the summer.

 

 

2017 MEd Online/Hybrid Cohort 

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy's hybrid/online cohort is a part-time degree program where students complete one course per term, and move through the program as a group. 
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
 

  • 6 courses (4 core courses and 2 electives) are offered in set terms for cohort members.
     
  • 4 courses are open electives, chosen by each student individually; these can be taken online or in-class.
     
  • There is no thesis or major research paper requirements; students wishing to go on to doctoral work should discuss their options with the course coordinator. 


SCHEDULE

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin
 

2017 Fall LHA1040H: Educational Leadership and Policy I: Introduction to Educational Administration: Policy, Leadership and Change (Online)
2018 Winter LHA1041H: Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (Online)
2018 Spring   Elective course
2018 Summer Elective course
2018 Fall LHA1004H: Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (Online)
2019 Winter Elective course
2019 Spring Elective course
2019 Summer Elective course
2019 Fall LHA1042H: Educational Leadership and Diversity 
(This elective will be offered online for the cohort)
2020 Winter LHA5006H: Special Applications of Educational Leadership and Policy 
(This elective will be offered online for the cohort)
2020 Spring LHA1050H: Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools (Online)
2020 Summer Elective course

Note: There are 6 sessions available to complete 4 open electives. 

 

2018 MEd Online/Hybrid Cohort 

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy's hybrid/online cohort is a part-time degree program where students complete one course per term and move through the program as a group. 
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
 

  • 6 courses (4 core courses and 2 electives) are offered in set terms for cohort members.
     
  • 4 courses are open electives, chosen by each student individually; these can be taken online or in-class.
     
  • There are no thesis or major research paper requirements; students wishing to go on to doctoral work should discuss their options with the course coordinator. 
     

SCHEDULE

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin
 

Session Course
2018 Fall LHA1040H: Educational Leadership and Policy I: Introduction to Educational Administration: Policy, Leadership and Change (Online)
2019 Winter LHA1041H: Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (Online)
2019 Spring   Elective course
2019 Summer Elective course
2019 Fall LHA1004H: Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (Online)
2020 Winter Elective course
2020 Spring LHA1042H: Educational Leadership and Diversity (This elective course will be offered online for the cohort)
2020 Summer Elective course
2020 Fall Elective course
2021 Winter LHA5002H: Special Applications of Educational Leadership and Policy (This elective course will be offered online for the cohort)
2021 Spring LHA1050H: Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools (Online)
2021 Summer Elective course

Note: There are 6 sessions available to complete 4 open elective courses. 

 

2018 MEd Cohort, York Region

This program serves educators and others involved in the York Region District School Board. Students move through the program as a group, and complete one course per term. 
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 5 core half-courses, taken in York Region
  • 5 open elective half-courses, taken at OISE or online
     

SCHEDULE

In order to support the cohort model, there is a specified sequence to the recommended courses.

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin
 

Term Course/Requirement  Location
Fall 2018 LHA1040H: Educational Leadership and Policy I: Introduction to Educational Administration: Policy, Leadership and Change  York Region
Winter 2019 LHA1041H: Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling York Region
Spring 2019 Elective OISE or online
Summer 2019 Elective OISE or online
Fall 2019 LHA1004H: Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy York Region
Winter 2020 LHA1018: Political Skill in the Education Arena York Region
Spring 2020 Elective OISE or online
Summer 2020 Elective OISE or online
Fall 2020 LHA500X: Leading for School and Community Collaboration online
Winter 2021 LHA1050H: Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools online
Spring 2021 Elective online
Summer 2021 Elective online

 

2018 EdD Cohort

The 2018 doctoral cohort in Educational Leadership and Policy is intended to shape highly competent leadership positions in school systems and other educational institutions. It is specifically designed for working professional educators who want to develop the intellectual and research skills that will help them refine their practice as leaders in educational systems.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 5 core half-courses
  • 3 elective half-courses, taken at OISE or online
  • comprehensive examination
  • thesis (dissertation-in-practice) proposal hearing
  • thesis (dissertation-in-practice)
     

SCHEDULE

In order to support the cohort model, there is a specified sequence to the recommended courses.

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin

 

Session Course
2018 Jul-Aug LHA0340H: People and Power in Organizations; and
LHA3004H: Research Literacy 
2018 Fall LHA3005H: Introduction to Research Methods
2019 Winter  LHA3006H: Research Methods II, or alternative
2019 May-Jun Elective course*
2019 Jul-Aug LHA3041H: Doctoral Seminar on Policy Issues in Education; and
LHA3007H: Literature Review Course 
2019 Fall Elective course*
2020 Winter LHA3003H: Research Proposal Development course  
2020 Summer Elective course*


* Note: There are 3 sessions available to complete the 0.5 open elective course.


CONTACT 

Professor Joseph Flessa
joseph.flessa@utoronto.ca

 

 

2019 EdD Cohort

The 2019 doctoral cohort in Educational Leadership and Policy is intended to shape highly competent leadership positions in school systems and other educational institutions.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 5 core half-courses
  • 3 elective half-courses, taken at OISE or online
  • comprehensive examination
  • thesis (dissertation-in-practice) proposal hearing
  • thesis (dissertation-in-practice)
     

SCHEDULE

In order to support the cohort model, there is a specified sequence to the recommended courses.

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin

 

Schedule
 

Session Course
2019 Jul-Aug LHA0340H: People and Power in Organizations; and
LHA3004H: Research Literacy 
2019 Fall LHA3005H: Introduction to Research Methods
2020 Winter  LHA3006H: Research Methods II, or alternative
2020 May-Jun Elective course*
2020 Jul-Aug LHA3041H: Doctoral Seminar on Policy Issues in Education; and
LHA3007H: Literature Review Course 
2020 Fall Elective course*
2021 Winter LHA3003H: Research Proposal Development course  
2021 Summer Elective course*


* Note: There are 3 sessions available to complete the 0.5 open elective course.


CONTACT 

Professor Joseph Flessa
joseph.flessa@utoronto.ca

2021 EdD Cohort

This doctoral cohort in Educational Leadership and Policy is intended to shape highly competent leadership positions in school systems and other educational institutions. It is specifically designed for working professional educators who want to develop the intellectual and research skills that will help them refine their practice as leaders in educational systems.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs)
  • comprehensive examination
  • thesis (dissertation-in-practice) proposal hearing
  • thesis (dissertation-in-practice)
     

SCHEDULE

In order to support the cohort model, there is a specified sequence to the recommended courses.

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin


 

Session Course
2021 Jul-Aug  LHA3040H: People and Power in Organizations; and
LHA3004H: Research Literacy
2021 Fall  LHA3007H: Literature Review Course 
2022 Winter  LHA3005H Introduction to Research Methods, or alternative research methods course 
2022 May-Jun  Elective course*
2022 Jul-Aug  LHA3041H: Doctoral Seminar on Policy Issues in Education; and
LHA3006H: Research Methods II, or alternative research method course 
2022 Fall 

Elective course*

2023 Winter

LHA3003H: Research Proposal Development course**

2023 May-June 

Elective course*

2023 Jul-Aug Elective course*
2023 Sept Comprehensive Exam (special session for the EdD cohort)


* Note: There are 3 sessions available to complete the 0.5 open elective course.
**Note: not to be taken earlier in the program
 

CONTACT
 

Dr. Karen Acton 
karen.acton@utoronto.ca

2020 IELP EdD Cohort

This online doctoral cohort is specifically designed for mid-career professionals who work for international organizations, governments, foundations and nongovernmental agencies looking to enrich their education and improve their practice. The program concentrates on those elements of theory and research that are of direct assistance in understanding and resolving problems and issues confronting educational policy makers, practitioners and leaders in international settings.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs)
  • comprehensive examination
  • thesis (dissertation-in-practice) proposal hearing
  • thesis (dissertation-in-practice)
     

SCHEDULE

In order to support the cohort model, there is a specified sequence to the recommended courses.

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin


 

Session Course
2020 Fall

LHA3040H People and Power in Organizations;

2021 Winter

LHA3041H Doctoral Seminar on Policy Issues in Education;

2021 Spring/Summer 

LHA3005H Introduction to Research Methods for the EdD;

2021 Fall

LHA3006H Data Analysis for the Education Doctorate II;
LHA3007H Literature Review for the EdD (with extended due date);

2022 Winter  Elective course*;
2022 Spring/Summer

Comprehensive Exam (spring/early summer);
LHA3003H Designing Research Proposals in ELP;
Research Institute;

2022 Fall/Winter  Proposal Hearing
 LHA3008H Professional Seminar/Dissertation Workshop in IELP (year-long half-course, meeting bi-weekly);
 Thesis (Dissertation in Practice);  
2023 Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter Thesis (Dissertation in Practice) Completition and Defence;


* Note: Winter term in Year 2 is left free from required courses to allow students to complete one required elective course and prepare for their comprehensive examination. Electives can also be taken in other terms during the program.
 

CONTACT

Dr. Sofya Malik 
sofya.malik@utoronto.ca

2019 MEd Online/Hybrid Cohort

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy's hybrid/online cohort is a part-time degree program where students complete one course per term and move through the program as a group. 
 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
 

  • 6 courses (4 core courses and 2 electives) are offered in set terms for cohort members.
     
  • 4 courses are open electives, chosen by each student individually; these can be taken online or in-class.
     
  • There are no thesis or major research paper requirements; students wishing to go on to doctoral work should discuss their options with the course coordinator. 
     

SCHEDULE

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin
 

Session Course
2019 Fall LHA1040H: Introduction to Educational Leadership and Policy, (Online)
2020 Winter LHA1041H: Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (Online)
2020 Spring   Elective course
2020 Summer Elective course
2020 Fall LHA1004H: Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (Online)
2021 Winter Elective course
2021 Spring LHA1042H: Educational Leadership and Diversity (This elective course will be offered online for the cohort)
2021 Summer Elective course
2021 Fall LHA1048H: Leadership and School Impovement
2022 Winter LHA1050H: Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools (Online)
2022 Spring Elective Course
2022 Summer Elective course


Note: There are 6 sessions available to complete 4 open elective courses. 


CONTACT

Dr. Coleen Stewart 
coleen.stewart@utoronto.ca

 

2020 MEd Online/Hybrid Cohort

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy's hybrid/online cohort is a part-time degree program where students complete one course per term and move through the program as a group. 
 

 DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 10 half-courses in total
     
  • 6 half-courses are offered in set terms for cohort members.
     
  • 4 half-courses are open electives, chosen by each student individually; these can be taken online or in class.
     
  • There is no thesis or major research paper requirements; students wishing to go on to doctoral work should discuss their options with the Program Coordinator. 

SCHEDULE

For detailed information about graduate studies at the University of Toronto and OISE, please consult the 
School of Graduate Studies Calendar and the OISE Bulletin

 
Session Course
2020 Fall LHA1040H: Introduction to Educational Leadership and Policy, (Online)
2021 Winter LHA1041H: Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (Online)
2021 Spring   Elective course
2021 Summer Elective course
2021 Fall LHA1004H: Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (Online)
2022 Winter Elective course
2022 Spring LHA1042H: Educational Leadership and Diversity (This elective course will be offered online for the cohort)
2022 Summer Elective course
2022 Fall LHA1048H: Leadership and School Impovement
2023 Winter LHA1050H: Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools (Online)
2023 Spring Elective Course
2023 Summer Elective course

 

Note: There are 6 sessions available to complete 4 open elective courses. 

Part-time students (such as online cohort students) can take no more than 1 half-course within in the ‘spring/summer term’ (i.e., one in the May/June session OR one in the July/August session). If you wish to take more than 1 half-course, you will need to contact the Registrar’s Office to change your status to full-time for the summer.

 

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2021 MEd Online/Hybrid Cohort

Master of Education Online/Hybrid cohort is designed to increase accessibility for students living in Ontario and beyond, this cohort allows students to earn an MEd degree entirely or partially online. Students complete one course per term and move through the program as a group. 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 10 half-courses in total
     
  • 6 half-courses are offered in set terms for cohort members.
     
  • 4 half-courses are open electives, chosen by each student individually; these can be taken online or in class.
     

There is no thesis or major research paper requirements; students wishing to go on to doctoral work should discuss their options with the Program Coordinator.

SCHEDULE

For detailed information about graduate studies at the University of Toronto and OISE, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar and the OISE Bulletin
 

Session Course
2021 Fall LHA1040H: Introduction to Educational Leadership and Policy, (Online)
2022 Winter LHA1004H: Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (Online)
2022 Spring   Elective course
2022 Summer Elective course
2022 Fall LHA1041H: Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (Online)
2023 Winter Elective course
2023 Spring LHA1042H: Educational Leadership and Diversity (Online)
2023 Summer Elective course
2023 Fall LHA1016H: School Program Development and Implementation (Online)
2024 Winter LHA1050H: Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools (Online)
2024 Spring Elective Course
2024 Summer Elective course


Note: There are 6 sessions available to complete 4 open elective courses. 

Part-time students (such as online cohort students) can take no more than 1 half-course within in the ‘spring/summer term’ (i.e., one in the May/June session OR one in the July/August session). If you wish to take more than 1 half-course, you will need to contact the Registrar’s Office to change your status to full-time for the summer.


CONTACT

Dr. Coleen Stewart
coleen.stewart@utoronto.ca

2019 MEd Cohort, Hamilton-Wentworth District

This MEd program serves educators and others involved in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Students move through the program as a group, and complete one course per term. 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 5 core half-courses, taken in Hamilton-Wentworth
  • 5 open elective half-courses, taken at OISE or online
     

SCHEDULE

In order to support the cohort model, there is a specified sequence to the recommended courses. There are six possible terms in which to complete four electives. 

A complete list of current Educational Leadership and Policy courses, along with descriptions, is available on the OISE Bulletin. Elective courses are offered at OISE - University of Toronto St. George Campus, with some online options as well.

 

Term Course/Requirement  Location
Fall 2019 LHA1040H: Educational Leadership and Policy I: Introduction to Educational Administration: Policy, Leadership and Change  HWDSB
Winter 2020 LHA1041H: Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling HWDSB
Spring 2020 LHA1035: Sociology of Education HWDSB + online
Summer 2020 Elective OISE
Fall 2020 LHA1004H: Research Literacy HWDSB
Winter 2021 LHA1048: Leadership for School Improvement HWDSB
Spring 2021 Elective OISE
Summer 2021 Elective OISE
Fall 2021 Elective OISE
Winter 2022 LHA1050H: Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools HWDSB
Spring 2022 Elective OISE
Summer 2022 Elective OISE

 

CONTACT

Dr. Coleen Stewart
coleen.stewart@utoronto.ca