MEd in Educational Administration and Leadership

Inquiry, capacity building and leadership for Indigeneity, equity and inclusion

This important and timely graduate program will foster an intersectional understanding of educational leadership in ways that are aligned with the Vancouver School Boards’ and the Richmond School Districts’ emphasis on issues of Indigeneity, equity, social justice, and diversity.

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Reconciliation Pole, carved by 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart, Haida Hereditary Chief and Master Carver.

The Master of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership (EDAL) offers participants opportunities to explore, experience and develop greater awareness and capacity in educational leadership in contexts of Indigeneity and equity. This program is open to all educators in Lower Mainland districts interested in teacher leadership, as well as formal roles in administration.

Created in partnership with the Vancouver School Board (VSB) and the Richmond School District (SD38), this Masters cohort will emphasize intergenerational capacity building, cross-departmental contributions, scholar-practitioner community engagement and land-based learning opportunities toward fostering educational leadership for Indigeneity, equity, and inclusion. The program will include a mentorship component with school/district leaders and will also focus on building capacity with and from Indigenous Elders and Distinguished Indigenous Knowledge Holders.

This important and timely graduate program will foster an intersectional understanding of anti-oppression and leadership in ways that are aligned with the Vancouver School Board and Richmond School District’s emphasis on issues of Indigeneity, equity, social justice, and inclusion as well as on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) calls for reconciliation in relation to Indigenous peoples and communities.

This program is committed to the following principles:

  • Expanding scholar-practitioner teaching-learning experiences and relationships with school communities
  • Promoting land-based opportunities as part of decolonizing teaching/learning praxis
  • Engaging school district policy makers in fostering inclusive, politically aware educational leaders committed to Indigeneity, equity and inclusion
  • Creating shared spaces for educators, educational leaders and policy makers encountering the effects of systemic racism and inequities in schools and communities
  • Articulating course objectives, themes and content in ways that highlight inclusive and decolonizing curriculum including a wide representation of readings and worldviews from authors from socially, historically and institutionally marginalized groups

“The Vancouver School District is pleased to be partnering with UBC on this exciting endeavour. We are proud to offer a group of Vancouver teachers the opportunity to build on their higher education while applying their learning to the real-world school setting. The Masters program will develop skills in leadership and administration, with a focus of providing equitable education for all, a top priority for the District. Together with UBC, we have developed a program that looks at inclusive approaches to address the diverse student population in the District.”

Helen McGregor, Superintendent / CEO & Jody Langlois, Associate Superintendent


“The Richmond School District is honoured to be working in collaboration with the Vancouver School Board and UBC in offering SD 38 teaching staff an opportunity to build their leadership capacity in this newly developed Educational Leadership Master’s Program. The focus on practical learning and building of core competencies in leading through the lens of Indigeneity, Equity, and Inclusion are imperative skills that are needed in developing our current and future school leaders. We are very encouraged by the cohort model that is integral to this program, as it supports the collaboration and Inquiry approach to leading and learning in our district. We are excited that through a lens of Equity and Inclusion, this learning opportunity will enrich the leadership that teachers will bring to the Richmond School district.”

Navshina Savory, District Administrator – Equity & Inclusion & Dr. Ravinder Johal, Director of Instruction


The UBC MEd in Educational Administration and Leadership consists of 30 credits of course work, typically completed in two years and one term.

This program is designed to be completed online and in-person. Elective courses may be taken online or face-to-face at UBC Vancouver, or at another university through the Western Deans Agreement.

Courses and schedule are subject to change.

January 2023 Leadership of Educational Organizations: Indigenous Leadership In-person EDST 532
May 2023 Anti-Racism Education Blended* EDST 558
Summer 2023 Elective TBD
Summer 2023 Elective TBD
September 2023 Leadership, Administration and the Aims of Education Blended* EDST 581
January 2024 The Study of Organization in the Educational Context In-person EDST 582
May 2024 TBD TBD TBD
Summer 2024 Elective TBD
September 2024 Research Traditions in Educational Administration Online EDST 501
January 2025 Group Inquiry in Educational Administration (Capstone) Blended* EDST 553

*Blended modality courses will include some in-person and some online components. For a full definition, please see:


Normally, applicants for a master's degree program must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC including one of the following:

  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses.
  • 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.

Alternatively, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in a specific graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the EDAL program and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Your application must also include:

  • A resumé/CV.
  • A 600-word statement of intent clearly outlining your experiences and interests in the program. Specify your interest in Educational Leadership and outline how the specialization in Educational Leadership supports your professional goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation from educators, supervisors, or colleagues who can speak to your engagement with Educational Leadership, your ability to complete a graduate degree, and other relevant professional experience.

Application Status: CLOSED
Application Deadline: TBD

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This program was developed in partnership with the Vancouver School Board Superintendent, Helen McGregor, former Superintendent, Suzanne Hoffman, Associate Superintendent, Jody Langlois, and the Richmond School District, Director of Instruction, Dr. Ravinder Johal, and District Administrator – Equity & Inclusion, Navshina Savory.
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