MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership (VEL3)

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Leadership for Learning and Engagement in Urban Contexts of Diversity

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.

The Cohort Program

This off-campus M.Ed. program offers a responsive, and engaging graduate program in collaboration with the Vancouver School District that allows participants to:

  • Prepare for a leadership role in their school or district.
  • Build relationships and interact with colleagues as part of a community of learners.
  • Engage in understanding, critiquing and improving educational policy and practice.
  • Contribute to capacity building through mentorship opportunities across the school district.
  • Reflect on the aims of education in a democratic and pluralist society.
  • Broaden their perceptions on school life and develop their thinking skills – within a background of Canadian content.

VSB Core Purpose

It is our collective responsibility as a school district to ensure the highest quality of learning experiences for all students, with a focus on student engagement, learning and development in a safe inclusive environment.


This is a 30-credit program.  Note, this schedule is subject to change.

April 2012 Professional Ethics and School Leadership (EDST 557)**
Jul 2012 Elective *
Aug 2012 Elective*
Sep 2012 Leadership, Administration and the Aims of Education (EDST 581)
Jan 2013 Leadership in Educational Organizations (EDST 532)**-As an extension of this course, UBC and VSB will co-sponsor two additional public seminars on Mentorship.
Apr 2013 The Study of Educational Organizations (EDST 582)**
Jul 2013 Elective*
Aug 2013 Elective*
Sep 2013  Research Traditions in Educational Administration (EDST 501)**
Jan 2014 Group Inquiry into Educational Practices (EDST 553)**

* These courses will be offered daily for a period of three weeks  at UBC.

** These courses will be offered over 5 Saturdays in the Vancouver School District.  Dates to be negotiated with participants and the Cohort Manager, Dr Don Lintott.

Other Research Options

M.Ed. graduating paper (EDST 590) may replace Group Inquiry (EDST 553) above.  If you are interested in an M.A., please consult with the Cohort Advisor.


Two electives (6 credits) may be courses below the 500 level (300 or 400 level only).

  • A minimum of three years’ full-time teaching experience or an equivalent combination of engagement within schools, communities, nongovernmental 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.


Program tuition will be divided into six (6) installments, payable in September, January, and May 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.