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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Program

Master of Education (MEd) - Educational Leadership and Policy


Are you an aspiring or current educational leader looking to further develop your knowledge of policy, leadership, change and social diversity in and for the PK-12 education system? This may be the place for you.


This professional program is designed for those interested in learning the nature and practice of leadership and policy, especially with respect to social diversity and change in elementary and secondary schools.

It equips practitioners with the knowledge and skills to engage in – and critique – approaches to leadership and policy in the elementary and secondary school system. 

While experience in teaching and administration is not an essential prerequisite for admission, such experience is desirable. The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.


PROGRAM OPTIONS

Students initially apply to and register for Option IV (coursework only). For registration in Options II and III, department permission is required.

  • Option II: Coursework plus major research paper
  • Option III: Coursework plus thesis
  • Option IV: Coursework only


Option IV (coursework only) is available in two delivery models:

  • Regular stream: students are accepted every year and can register on a full-time or part-time basis. 
     
  • Online/Hybrid Cohort-based stream: available in select years, this option is ideal for students who cannot travel to OISE regularly. Students move through the program as a cohort and register part-time. Information on the 2018 Cohort is available here.  
     

Study options: Full-time or part-time
Length: Minimum full-time program length is 1.5 years
 

For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar and the OISE Bulletin

Looking for printable information on this degree program? Download an information sheet.
 

 

Curriculum

There are three program options available: 
 

  • Option II: Coursework plus major research paper
  • Option III: Coursework plus thesis
  • Option IV: Coursework only  
    • Regular stream
    • Online/hybrid cohort-based stream


Students initially apply to and register in Option IV. For registration in Options II and III, department permission is required. 


Option II: Coursework and major research paper


1. Coursework: Students complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:
 

  • Conducting Research in Educational Leadership and Policy (LHA1003H, 0.5 FCE)
  • Educational Leadership and Policy I: Introduction to Educational Administration (LHA1040H, 0.5 FCE)  
  • Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (LHA1041H, 0.5 FCE)
  • 2.5 other FCEs, of which at least 1.0 FCE must be in Educational Leadership and Policy. Students may choose to focus on one of four research areas: Policy, Leadership, Change, or Social Diversity. 
     

2. Major research paper (LHA 2001Y, 1.0 FCE): to be carried out under the guidanc e of a faculty member.


Option III: Coursework and thesis


1. Coursework: Students complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:
 

  • Conducting Research in Educational Leadership and Policy (LHA1003H, 0.5 FCE)
  • Educational Leadership and Policy I: Introduction to Educational Administration (LHA1040H, 0.5 FCE)  
  • Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (LHA1041H, 0.5 FCE)
  • 1.5 other FCEs, of which at least 0.5 FCE must be in Educational Leadership and Policy. 
     

2. Thesis: to be carried out under the guidanc e of a faculty member.


Option IV: Coursework only (regular delivery)


1. Coursework: Students complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:
 

  • Introduction to Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (LHA1004H, 0.5 FCE)
  • Educational Leadership and Policy I: Introduction to Educational Administration (LHA1040H, 0.5 FCE)  
  • Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (LHA1041H, 0.5 FCE)
  • Themes and Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change, and Diversity (LHA1050H, 0.5 FCE)
  • 3.0 other FCEs, of which at least 1.0 FCE must be in Educational Leadership and Policy. Students may choose to focus on one of four research areas: Policy, Leadership, Change, or Social Diversity. 

Option IV: Coursework only (online/hybrid delivery, part-time only)


The program requirements for the online/hybrid cohort are the same those for the regular delivery option. 

However, students complete the required core courses and 1.0 FCE electives online. For the remaining 2.0 FCE elective courses, students may select online or face-to-face courses. 


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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


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

 

Tuition

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: $36,728.52
  • 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

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
  • Statement of Intent
  • 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.
     

Deadlines 

The main application deadline is November 15, 2018. Tguarantee consideration for admission, applicants should submit their application and supporting documents by this date 

After November 15, admission to some programs may remain open. For the most up-to-date information on application deadlines, please visit OISE Admissions

Contact

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

Questions about the program? Please contact the program assistants at 416-978-1251 or lhae.pa@utoronto.ca – or check out our student handbook.