MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership (NSE5)

ECPS This program is offered by the Department of Educational Studies. Learn more about EDST programs.

North Vancouver Cohort (NSE5)

Leading Learning Through Social and Environmental Stewardship

Offered in association with North Vancouver School District (SD44)

Do you want to:

  • Prepare for a leadership role in your school or district?
  • Contribute to capacity building in your school district?
  • Engage in understanding, critiquing, and improving educational policy and practice?
  • Broaden your perceptions on school life and develop your thinking skills-within a background of Canadian content?
  • Build relationships and interact with colleagues as part of a community of learners?
  • Reflect on aims of education in a democratic and pluralist society?
  • Participate in seminars and in graduate student socials and cultural events offered by UBC’s Department of Educational Studies?

Educational Administration and Leadership

The thoughtful practice of educational leadership in a context of school district change involves engaging with multiple constituencies- school and community-based. Constituencies hold conflicting social, political, and cultural claims regarding the aims of education in a democratic and pluralist society.

Educational leadership is a situated ethical practice that extends the boundaries of schooling into the community by engaging with the social justice issues at stake.

North Vancouver

  • Tuesday, November 6 | 3:30-5:00pm
    Location:  Bill Reid Studio, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue (map)
  • Monday, November 26 | 4:30-6:00pm
    Location:  Bill Reid Studio, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue (map)


The UBC M.Ed. in Educational and Administration Leadership consists of 30 credits of course work which are typically completed in two years. The proposed schedule is as follows.

May 2013 Educational Leadership (EDST 532)*
July 2013 Elective**
Aug 2013 Elective**
Sept 2013 Organizations in Educational Contexts (EDST 582)*
Jan 2014 Aims of Education (EDST 581)*
May 2014 Professional Ethics & School Leadership (EDST 557)*
July 2014 Elective**
Aug 2014 Elective**
Sept 2014 Research Methods (EDST 501 or another Research Methods course)*
Jan 2015 Group Inquiry (EDST 553)*

* These courses will be offered over five Saturdays in the North Vancouver School District. Dates to be negotiated with participants by Dr. Don Lintott, Cohort Manager.

** These courses will run daily over a three-week period at UBC.

All students must meet the requirements for this program, which include:

  • A minimum of three years’ full-time teaching experience or an equivalent combination of engagement within schools, communities, non-governmental organizations, and other education-oriented environments.
  • A completed 4 year undergraduate degree and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits.
  • Three recommendations from educators and administrators that speak to your level of engagement with education and leadership.
  • Resumé and a 600-word personal statement about your perspectives of leadership, indicating how you think this program (along with your current education and experience) can help you enhance your understanding of effective educational leadership.

In addition to your online application, please forward:

  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except from UBC).
  • Three (sealed) letters of reference. It is strongly recommended that references be submitted electronically (if you fill in the referee’s email address when completing the online application, an automatic email will be sent to your referee with a link to a site to that lets him/her enter a reference and then submit it). If you wish to submit references by mail, the form is available here.
  • A resumé.
  • A one-page statement indicating how you think this program will contribute to your work in this field (if you did not complete that in the online application).

You must apply for this program on-line. Before beginning your application, read all of the instructions. Also please PRINT this page and refer to it when you are making your application, paying particular attention to the exact wording for the program you are applying for.

IMPORTANT: If you apply to the wrong program, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will not refund your application fee, or transfer or cancel your application, so please ensure you select the appropriate program or you will have to re-apply and pay an additional $93 application fee.

  • Go to
  • Before beginning your application, read all of the instructions.
  • When you are ready to apply, click on “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and click on “Create Your Account” (unless you have already begun your application, in which case you should “Login”).
  • Once you have created your account, choose “New Application” and then click on “Start a Completely New Application”.
  • Under “Degree” choose “Master of Education” in the pull down menu.
  • Under “Program” you must choose ” EPLT Educational Administration Leadership North Shore 5 – NSE5 “
  • Proceed with your application as instructed.
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Submit” for the application to work.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.


  • We need sealed transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended, whether or not they issued you a degree, except UBC. If you are a UBC alumnus, please provide your student number and we will print your transcript.
  • If you have transcripts, please enclose or fax us photocopies (604-822-2015). We can make a quick adjudication of your eligibility even before all of your “official” documents arrive. Please note that this adjudication is not official until we have received your sealed transcripts.
  • Send everything – EVERYTHING – by January 2, 2013 to the attention of Linda Haftner at PDCE (1304-2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4). The most common delay in admissions is caused by the search for documents that are at other locations on this huge campus.
  • It is preferred that references be submitted electronically when you submit your application, include the referee’s email address. This will generate an automatic email which contains a link to a site where your referee can enter his/her reference, and then submit it. They can type as much as they want, despite the apparent size of the text box. This link will only be available when your application is submitted. If you plan on having your referee(s) submit a reference by mail, please leave the email address blank on the application.
  • If you decide to submit any or all of your references by hard copy you can download the reference form for this program here. A letter can take the place of the reference form but it must answer the questions posed in the reference form. The reference form is designed for professors to fill out. If your referee is not a professor, please ask him or her to write about your ability to successfully complete a graduate degree in this particular focus.

IMPORTANT: the reference letters must be received here in sealed envelopes with the referee’s signature written across the sealed envelope flap.

Please contact Linda Haftner (604-822-4499) if you are having problems with the application process.


Program fees will be paid in six (6) installments, payable in April, September, and January of each year. For current information on tuition and student fees, please log in to the Student Service Centre.

To find out what it costs to take one of our graduate programs, please refer to the list of programs accepting applications.