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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 primarily 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 in the Coursework Only option. For registration in the Coursework Plus Major Research Paper option, department permission is required.

  • Coursework Only and
  • Coursework Plus Major Research Paper.


Coursework Only option is available in two delivery models:

  • Regular MEd stream: students are accepted every year and can register on a full-time or part-time basis. 
     
  • Online/Hybrid (part-time) 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 about the 2020. Cohort is available here.  
     

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

Typical program length for Coursework Only is 4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F) and 5 sessions full time for Coursework Plus Major Research Paper option (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W).


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

Coursework Only (regular delivery)

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

  • LHA 1004H Research Literacy in Educational ​Leadership and Policy (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

  • LHA 1040H Introduction to Educational Leadership and Policy: Policy, Leadership, Change, and Diversity (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

  • 4.0 other FCEs, of which at least 2.0 FCEs must be from the Educational Leadership and Policy program. Students may choose to focus on one of the four research areas: Policy, Leadership, Change, or Social Diversity.


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. 


Coursework Plus Major Research Paper option

Coursework

Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

  • LHA 1003H Designing Master's Research Proposals (0.5 FCE). Part-time students are recommended to take this course towards the end of their program; full-time students are recommended to take it in Year 1.
     
  • LHA 1040H Introduction to Educational Leadership and Policy: Policy, Leadership, Change, and Diversity (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.
     
  • 3.0 other FCEs, of which at least 1.5 FCEs must be from the Educational Leadership and Policy program. Students may choose to focus on one of the four program strands: Policy, Leadership, Change, or Social Diversity. LHA 1004H Research Literacy in Educational ​Leadership and Policy is strongly recommended.
     

Major Research Paper (MRP)

  • LHA 2001Y0 Major Research Paper to be carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.

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Transferring from Coursework Only to
Coursework Plus Major Research Paper Option

Some MEd students may wish to switch options from the Coursework Only option to Coursework Plus Major Research Paper (MRP) option. MRPs provide students with an opportunity to explore a special topic of their choice in further depth than they might do so otherwise in a regular course.

Students writing an MRP should expect to work independently under the supervision of a LHAE faculty member. Topics, format and content of an MRP can vary greatly, decided through consultation with its supervisor. The amount of time needed to complete an MRP will vary by the specific nature of each student’s project. It is a product-based requirement without a specific timeline, similar to the writing of a dissertation or thesis. The work load of an MRP should approximate that of two courses.

The amount of time needed to complete an MRP will vary by the specific nature of each student’s project, as it is a product-based requirement without a specific timeline, similar to the writing of a dissertation or thesis. That said, the timeline for Coursework Plus Major Research Paper option is generally longer by one term compared to Coursework Only option. Additional tuition fees may thus apply.

Transfers from course work to MRP options are normally considered after students have completed at least 3 courses. Students’ part-time or full-time status from their previous term must be maintained until graduation (i.e., if their last course is taken in Winter as a full-time student, they must stay full-time until their MRP or thesis is finished). While the department usually supports such requests, students must meet several requirements prior to requesting a transfer:

  • Begin by consulting their advisor to discuss the feasibility of undertaking an MRP.
     
  • If recommended by their advisor, students should then identify a research topic.
     
  • Find a core faculty member in ELP, who agrees to supervise the project.
     
  • Complete the Program transfer form and Major Research Project (MRP) supervision approval form and submit them to the program assistants for Chair approval.
     
  • Ensure all fields in the forms are appropriately filled, including a good rationale for the MRP, contains proof of supervisory commitment, such as a signature.

 

 

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 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
  • 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, 2019. 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.