MEd in Educational Administration and Leadership – EDL1

This program is offered by the Department of Educational Studies (EDST), in partnership with the Delta & Langley School Districts. Learn more about EDST programs.

           Langley School District              Delta School District

Leading with Bold Vision: Inspired and Innovative – Inquiring and Learning

The theme of this cohort offers an exceptional opportunity for participants to explore the complex and diverse intersections among schools, districts, organizations, associations and the larger community through educational leadership. The development of reflective and socially committed practice will be encouraged by engaging participants in these various contexts and constituent groups.

  • How do educational leaders engage democratic, pluralist, and multicultural contexts of practice in terms of envisioning schools and learning opportunities in the 21st century?
  • How can educators facilitate a sense of student engagement, belonging, identity and growth in ways which are inclusive and socially just?
  • What is the role of social media in educational leadership and school governance?
  • What are the limits and possibilities in terms of informing and shaping school and district engagement with young learners and the communities in which they live?
  • How can educators, school and district administrators and community members come together to foster and enact a vision of education that contributes to student success?

This cohort-based learning experience offers participants an opportunity to engage in a conversation about the aims and alternate means of delivery of education in the 21st century in ways which encourage participants to envisage innovative modalities of educational leadership and community engagement.

Benefits of a Cohort Approach

  • The UBC M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Leadership offers a responsive and engaging graduate program in association with the Delta and Langley School Districts, and in collaboration with the Educational Administration and Leadership program in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST).
  • The program enables you to complete your Master’s degree part-time in two years.
  • Fall, winter and spring courses will be offered on Saturdays in the Delta and Langley School Districts.
  • Summer courses are generally offered at the UBC Point Grey campus.
  • The program is built around the vision and directions of the Delta and Langley School Districts.


Previous Info Sessions:

Tuesday, October 13

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Delta Manor Education Centre
4750 57th St. | Ladner, BC

Wednesday, October 14

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Langley School Board
4875 222 St. | Langley, BC

Monday, November 16

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Langley School Board
4875 222 St. | Langley, BC

Wednesday, November 18

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Delta Manor Education Centre
4750 57th St. | Ladner, BC

Proposed Schedule

Courses will be delivered at locations within the Delta School and Langley Districts unless otherwise indicated.
Please note, this schedule is subject to change.

May 2016 Aims of Education (EDST 581)*
 July/Aug 2016 Elective**
 Sept/Dec 2016 The Study of Educational Organizations (EDST 582)*
Jan/Mar 2017 Leadership in Educational Organizations (EDST 532)*
 Apr/Jun 2017 Leadership as Inquiry (EDST 565A )*
Jul/Aug 2017 Elective**
 Sep/Dec 2017 Research Traditions in Educational Administration (EDST 501)*
 Jan/Mar 2018 Group Inquiry in Educational Administration (EDST 553)*

*These courses will be offered over five Saturdays in the Delta/Langley school districts. Dates to be negotiated with participants.

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

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 role)  your professional goals and the way in which you believe this program would link to them.

Application Status: open
Application deadline: closed


  • Navigate to
  • When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and either log in with your CWL or create a CWL if you have never attended UBC.
  • Once logged in, on the “Degree Program Selection,” type the 4-character cohort designation EDL1 or Educational Administration and Leadership into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • Click the program name.  Ensure you select the version that ends with “Professional Cohort”.
  •  When you reach the “Experience & Interests” page of the application, please make sure you choose the appropriate program, as there may be more than one. It should include EDL1.
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Declare & Submit”.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.


  • When adding your references to your application, you will be asked whether they are professional or academic references. Academic references are those who know you in an academic capacity (e.g. former professors). Professional references would include your principal, vice-principal, or someone who has supervised you.
  • You are strongly encouraged to submit electronic letters of reference. Simply fill in the email addresses of your three referees when completing the online application (an email address is required). References with free, web-based email addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will receive a link to the paper reference form, which must be mailed to our office (address on the reference form). NOTE: Please see “Supporting Documents” below for more information on paper references.

Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form or the link to the paper reference form, as above.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form. Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.


Please have these ready to upload when you apply:

Transcripts, degree certificates (if applicable), English language assessment report (if applicable), statement of intent, and an up-to-date resume must be uploaded to your application.

In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters may be sent by mail. Your reference will receive a link to a reference form that they should complete and send back to us.

important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation EDL1 when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

The form is also available here.

importantIn addition to those uploaded to your online application, you must submit two (2) sealed transcripts from every post-secondary institution you attended (except UBC), even institutions where you did not complete a program to:

Linda Haftner
Professional Development & Community Engagement
UBC Faculty of Education
Scarfe Building
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


If you require any assistance with the application process, please contact:

Linda Haftner

Senior Program Assistant

Program tuition will be divided into six (6) installments of $2.331.34 plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of the three program years. The program total is $13,988 plus applicable student fees.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change. Historically, this change has been a 2% increase per year (beginning in May). The figures quoted above are current for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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The Delta and Langley School Districts are pleased to partner with UBC to co-create a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership cohort. The two districts have a long–standing tradition of teacher engagement in professional learning through graduate studies with the University of British Columbia. This partnership will provide an outstanding educational experience that will explore innovation and inquiry whilst simultaneously building, across districts, a strong learning community. Participants will experience the value of working together in a professional learning network as they share a scholarly connection within professional practice.

Lifelong learning is an integral part of the vision of both school districts. By providing a quality program from UBC, with courses that have local relevance, the districts believe that students will find rich and valuable learning opportunities.

Dianne TurnerSuperintendent | Delta SD 
Suzanne HoffmanSuperintendent | Langley SD