Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy (Online/Hybrid Cohort)

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Online/Hybrid Cohort
Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy

Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy (Online/Hybrid Cohort) Overview

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.

The Educational Leadership and Policy Program is excited to offer the 2023 Master of Education Online/Hybrid cohort. Designed to increase accessibility for students living in Ontario and beyond, this cohort allows students to earn an MEd degree entirely or partially online. Students complete one course per term and move through the program as a group. 

This program is for those interested in exploring questions of leadership, policy, change and social diversity in schools, and linking theory to practice in their own work environments. 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.  

The academic rigour and practical utility of this program are enhanced by an approach that is designed for an online learning community. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn with others located in a wide variety of contexts.

The 2023 cohort begins September 2023 and ends August 2026.

For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.

At a Glance

Study Options
Part-time (10 sessions)

Funding and Tuition
For current information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition & Financial Support.  

Applications for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle are set to open early October 2022.


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Why I Chose Leadership, Adult & Higher Education

Shahidul Islam
Shahidul Islam (Master of Education 2020)

"If you are looking to analyze and address real-world problems in education, OISE is the place. At Leadership, Adult & Higher Education I developed my research skills and contributed to literature and policy that benefits schools and communities across the globe."

Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

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)



Required Supporting Documents

All applicants must submit: 

  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended.
  • Resumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies.
  • 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.
  • Answers to faculty admissions questions (applicants are to answer each question in an essay format).

Additional Program Information

2023 Cohort Schedule
Session Course
Fall 2023 Introduction to Educational Leadership and Policy (LHA1040H, online)
Winter 2024 Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (LHA1004H, online)
Spring 2024  Elective course
Summer 2024 Elective course
Fall 2024 Educational Leadership and Policy II: Social and Policy Contexts of Schooling (LHA1041H, online)
Winter 2025 Elective course
Spring 2025 Educational Leadership and Diversity (LHA1042H, online)
Summer 2025 Elective course
Fall 2025 School Program Development and Implementation (LHA1016H, online)
Winter 2026 Issues in Policy, Leadership, Change and Social Diversity in Schools (LHA1050H, online)
Spring 2026 Elective Course
Summer 2026 Elective Course

Note: There are 6 sessions available to complete 4 open elective courses. 

Part-time students (such as online cohort students) can take no more than 1 half-course within in the ‘spring/summer term’ (i.e., one in the May/June session OR one in the July/August session).

If you wish to take more than 1 half-course, you will need to contact the Registrar’s Office to change your status to full-time for the summer.

There is no thesis or major research paper requirements; students wishing to go on to doctoral work should discuss their options with the Program Coordinator.

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 students in this program:

Faculty in the Educational Leadership & Policy program have multi-disciplinary teaching and research expertise in a wide range of fields. 

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

Questions about the 2022 Master of Education (Online/Hybrid) Cohort? Please contact Dr. Coleen Stewart. 

Dr. Coleen Stewart

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