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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Program

Master of Education (MEd) - 2019 Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Cohort

Offered in partnership with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB)

Leadership for Achievement, Engagement, and Equity

Application Deadline: June 15, 2019 (For current applicants, please choose ‘Educational Leadership and Policy’ from the drop-down menu, and in your Statement of Intent indicate that you are applying to the HWDSB MEd Cohort."

Notice of Acceptance: July 2019

Information session was held on February 4, 2019 at 4:30pm

Information session poster
Information session presentation

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is at an exciting point in its history. Striving for success in the face of unprecedented challenges, it has recommitted itself to knowing its students, staff and community.

Educators with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to achievement, equity, and engagement will make the difference for HWDSB’s future. But in an already demanding professional environment, how do educators balance their day-to-day work with the inquiry and reflection necessary for professional growth? What does the research on teaching, learning, and leadership indicate are the best ways for the adults in the school and the system to work together for equity and achievement? What roles do formal and informal leaders play to foster collaboration, growth and reflection across the system?

This degree program invites applications from HWDSB educators who are grappling with these questions. In a ten-course Master’s of Education program provided by the Educational Leadership and Policy Program at OISE/UT, students will have the chance to explore context-specific ways to work for achievement, engagement, and equity in their day-to-day work. In our work on leadership, we examine the roles of all leaders, both formal and informal, in schools and district offices, to create supportive learning conditions. The academic rigor and practical usefulness of this Master’s program is enhanced by a cohort approach, where courses are prepared especially for a regional group of students who learn together over a three-year program.

OISE’s Educational Leadership and Policy program has a successful history of delivering district-based cohorts in Southern Ontario, including the HWDSB District. This new cohort, with classes beginning in September 2019, is a chance to continue a successful collaboration and partnership between HWDSB and the University of Toronto


  • 10 half-courses, in total
  • 6 half-courses, taken in HWDSB
  • 4 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 Program 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. 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



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 2019-2020. These figures include all non-tuition related ancillary and incidental fees. 

  • Domestic full-time students: $11,710.90
  • Domestic part-time students: $3,882.59
  • International full-time students: $38,206.90
  • 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

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 HWDSB MEd 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

For HWDSB-related questions, contact:
Superintendant: Laura Romano