MEd - Leadership

The Leadership program is designed for school administrators, teachers, and other professionals engaged in administrative capacities. Fundamental concepts of leadership and organization are discussed alongside concepts of social justice, democratic action, equity, empowerment, and change.

This program for educators:

  • Focuses on education leadership, designed to appeal not only to those who are interested in administrative positions, but to supervisors, classroom teachers, other professional educators, as well as those interested in leadership in other organizational settings;
  • Does not assume an understanding of the structure of schools and school districts, but rather explores the nature of these unique organizations and the ways in which our tacit images of schools influence our behaviour in them;
  • Gives substantial emphasis to equity and social justice and the forms of leadership action that can address the difficult circumstances of marginalized and disadvantaged groups;
  • Never forgets that children are at the centre of our work in schools, and that all leadership work - all pedagogical action - ultimately focuses itself here;
  • Involves coursework that explores the latest technological applications for schools.


Core required courses (12h)

EDUC 5213 – Organizational Theory and School Culture

EDUC 5913 – Theoretical Perspectives on Leadership

EDUC 5933 – Equity and Leadership

EDUC 5513 – Research Design or EDUC 50G3 – Research Literacy


Non-thesis students may substitute EDUC 50G3 – Research Literacy for EDUC 5513 – Research Design as their required research course.

Electives (18h course route, 9h thesis route)

Program electives are selected from graduate courses offered by the School of Education or from approved graduate courses offered by other departments or schools.

 Students doing the thesis MEd will choose:

EDUC 5966 – Graduate Thesis

EDUC 5113 – Qualitative Research in Education or EDUC 5523 – Educational Statistics


Note: It is the student's responsibility to monitor their own program and to ensure that they have met degree requirements.

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