MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership (REA4)

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Richmond Cohort Program

Some people view leadership as the act of leading, but real leadership begins from within. It is about finding your areas of strength not in isolation but in collaboration with others. Leadership should not be defined solely by position. It is the combination of reflection, networking, participating in learning activities, taking on new assignments, experimenting, and stretching your skills and perspectives.

It is our hope that this leadership program will allow you to pursue a journey of personal discovery and development. Leadership means understanding yourself and being open to the perspectives of others. Finding and speaking your voice entails having confidence in your belief system, and developing community involves the willingness to listen to others and collaborate to build a collective story.


The UBC M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Leadership consists of 30 credits of course work, which are typically completed in two years. The proposed schedule is as follows (the actual schedule will be confirmed by the Cohort Advisor once the program begins):

Year One
May-Jun 2013 EDST 581 Leadership, Administration, and the Aims of Education
Jul-Aug 2013 Elective
Sep-Dec 2013 EDST 557 Professional Ethics and School Leadership
Jan-Mar 2014 EDST 532 Leadership in Educational Organizations (emphasis on curriculum, instruction, and assessment)
Year Two
May-Jun 2014 EDST 582 The Study of Educational Organizations
Jul-Aug 2014 Elective
Sep-Dec 2014 EDST 501 Research Traditions in Educational Administration
Jan-Mar 2015 EDST 553 Group Inquiry in Educational Administration

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

  • A minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience or an equivalent combination of engagement within schools, communities, non-governmental organizations, and other education-oriented environments.
  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits.
  • Three recommendations from educators and administrators that speak to your engagement with education and leadership.
  • Resumé and a 600-word statement of intent of your educational leadership experience (regardless of your formal position) and your professional goals and the way in which you believe this program would link to them.

Application Deadline: January 7, 2013

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 outlining your experience and goals in educational administration and leadership, and how you believe the program will link to them (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 $90 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 pulldown menu.
  • Under “Program” you must choose “PDCE Educational Administration Richmond 4 – REA4
  • 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.
  • Have your transcripts sent to Sylvia Gajdic 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 in sealed envelopes with the referee’s signature written across the sealed envelope flap.

Please contact Sylvia Gajdics (604-822-1876) if you are having problems with the application process.

Program fees will be paid in six (6) instalments, 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.