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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Program

Master of Education (MEd) - 2018 York Region Cohort

Offered in partnership with the York Region District School Board

Leadership for Inclusion and Engagement

As educators wrestle with multiple demands on their time, energy and focus, working for an inclusive education can seem like a serious challenge. How do educational leaders ensure that all members of the school community – teachers, students and parents – are included in the collective work of the school? What knowledge, skills and beliefs must leaders possess as they aim to tackle a wide range of inequities that stand in the way of high-quality teaching and learning? What practical approaches might help school leaders work collaboratively with the community to enhance both student and community engagement?

This MEd program invites applications from educators and others involved in the YRDSB school system who wish to explore questions such as these.

Leading and learning in an inclusive environment are key priorities for the York Region District School Board. A foundational element of York Region’s leadership strategy is to engage current and aspiring leaders in continued professional learning through exciting opportunities that combine theory with practice.

In this 10-course Master of Education program, students will work with their YRDSB colleagues connecting theory to the specific issues that arise in their own context. The academic rigour and practical utility of this MEd are enhanced by a cohort approach.

The 2018 cohort begins September 2018 and ends August 2021.

View the 2018 Cohort Information Session slides


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

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




Note: Students in this Cohort 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.


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


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 York Region
Winter 2021 Elective OISE or online
Spring 2021 LHA1050H: Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools York Region
Summer 2021 Elective OISE or online



Collaborative Specializations

Collaborative specializations provide graduate students enrolled in participating degree programs with an additional multidisciplinary experience as they complete their home degree program. 

Learn more about the collaborative specializations offered to MEd students in the ELP program: 


Faculty in the Educational Leadership and Policy program have multi-disciplinary teaching and research expertise in a wide range of fields. To learn more about our faculty, check out our program's faculty listing for profiles.

Our faculty's expertise includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Educational policy analysis and program evaluation
  • Whole system reforms
  • International comparisons of educational equity
  • Socio-economic disparities in academic achievement
  • Large-scale data analysis
  • intersections of law and education
  • School administration, philosophy and theory
  • Critical democracy and educational leadership issues



The following are  annual tuition fees for 2018-2019. These figures include all non-tuition related ancillary and incidental fees. 

  • Domestic full-time students: $12,779.52.
  • Domestic part-time students: $4,200.47
  • International full-time students: $36,433.52
  • Please note: Master's programs at OISE have minimum degree fees.

For the most up-to-date information on tuition fees as well as financial support, visit the OISE Registrar website

Admissions and application information

General information

Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents. 

Program-specific information

View the 2018 Cohort Information Session slides

Minimum admission requirements

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year. 

Required supporting documents  

  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of reference. Whenever possible, one should be written by an educational professional for whom the applicant has worked. The second should be by a referee who can attest to the applicant's academic ability.
  • Statement of Intent.
  • Note: It is essential that applicants to the York Region Cohort specify this in their Statement of Intent. 


Questions about applying? Please contact the OISE admissions office at 416-978-4300 or admissions.oise@utoronto.ca

Questions about the program? Check out our student handbook, or contact:

Program Assistants 


Dr. Coleen Stewart
MEd Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership and Policy Program