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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Program

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Educational Leadership and Policy


Are you looking to further advance your knowledge of educational leadership, policy, social diversity and change, particularly relating to PK-12 education? 

This doctoral program fosters the study of problems in the administration and leadership of educational programs. It best serves students who are committed to scholarship and research as a means for deepening their understanding of leadership in schools or in other educational and service institutions.

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

Study options: Full-time and flex-time
Components:  Coursework, comprehensive examination and thesis 
Length
Minimum full-time program length is 4 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

Students must register annually and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.


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

  • Administrative Theory and Educational Problems I: People and Power in Organizations (LHA3040H, 0.5 FCE)
     
  • 1.0 FCE in research methods at the 3000 level, to be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students who have already attained an acceptable level of competence in research methodology may be authorized to choose a course in a different area of study. 
     
  • At least 0.5 FCE in Educational Leadership and Policy at the 3000 level or the 6000 Special Topics level.
     

2. Comprehensive examination: Successful oral defence of a portfolio that emphasizes reflective practice.
 

3. Thesis proposal hearing
 

4. Thesis

 

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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 PhD 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

 

Funding and tuition

Funding 

We are pleased to offer base funding packages to full-time PhD students in years 1 to 4 (excluding flex-time programs).
 

Tuition

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

  • Domestic full-time students: $8,489.52
  • Domestic part-time students: $2,913.47
  • International full-time students: $9,113.52
     

For detailed and up-to-date information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition and Financial Support.  

Admissions and application

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 master's degree, from a recognized university in a relevant discipline or professional program, with a minimum standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A-. 

  • Applicants who have completed an appropriate master's degree that did not include a thesis or research project are required to complete a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP) to a standard satisfactory to the admissions committee.

  • Applicants to the flex-time program should be active professionals who demonstrate connections between their professional work and their proposed course program, and/or between their professional work and their proposed research. Capacity to secure blocks of time to enable concentrated study is required.

Required supporting documents

  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional)
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Intent
  • Sample of witten work


Deadlines 

The main application deadline is November 15, 2018. Tguarantee consideration for admission and a base funding package (if applicable), 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.