MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership (NVIT)

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Leadership in Indigenous Education
Nmice qtns he Helew’ Eagles Perch

Nmice qtns he Helew’ Eagles Perch is excited to be a partner and to host the Nlaka’pamux Nation M.Ed cohort on our traditional territories and unceded lands. We look forward to working with the Educational Administration and Leadership program in the Department of Educational Studies and the Office of Indigenous Education in the UBC Faculty of Education.

Research has recommended that improvements to Indigenous schools and educational contexts address Indigenous community self-determination, Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), and effective preparation of educational leaders. This M.Ed Nlaka’pamux Nation cohort welcomes committed individuals who will contribute to strengthening educational success for Indigenous learners, making educational sites more responsive to Indigenous families and communities, and guiding their leadership practice through IKS understandings.

If you are concerned with issues that face Indigenous communities today and aspire to engage in a Master of Education degree that seeks a balance with Indigenous knowledge and values while empowering people, this program may be for you.

Who will teach the courses in this cohort?

This cohort will be taught by Indigenous and Non-Indigenous faculty members.

How is Indigenous education addressed?

Faculty members will have a commitment to Indigenous education and will adapt existing courses to address leadership in Indigenous education. Some new educational leadership and existing courses will also be offered from an Indigenous perspective.

What support systems are built into the program?

Wide ranging supports include the Nlaka’pamux Nation, the Office of Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education, as partners in this cohort. Specific supports address identifying Indigenous cultural knowledge holders and educational leaders to provide mentorship and guidance.

How is Indigenous research addressed and completion of the program?

Students will complete an Introduction to Indigenous Inquiry and Methodology course at the beginning of the program with a second course offered in the second year focused on Indigenous Epistemology. Research preparation and writing is addressed as a group process so that there is always a process of support from beginning to the end of the program.

Information Sessions

Meet the program advisors and learn more about applying to become a graduate student.


3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NVIT Burnaby Campus
200-4355 Mathissi Place, Burnaby | map


2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NVIT Merritt Campus
4155 Belshaw St., Merritt | map

Proposed Schedule

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

Year One
September 2016 EDST 545 – Indigenous Inquiry and Methodology
January 2017 EDST 581 – Aims of Education
May 2017 EDST 532 – Educational Leadership
July 2017 Compulsory Elective – Adult Education
August 2017 Elective
Year Two
September 2017 EDST 582 – The Study of Educational Organizations
January 2018 Compulsory Elective – Policy & Aboriginal Education
May 2018 EDST 501 – Research Traditions in EDAL
July 2018 EDST 546 – Indigenous Epistemology and Methodology
September 2018 EDST 553 – Group Inquiry in EDAL

Electives: Two electives (6 credits) may be courses below the 500 level.

Admission Requirements

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, or 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 Status: closed
Application deadline: Contact Dave Roy


  • 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 NVIT or MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership – Professional Cohort into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • Click the program name.  Ensure you select the version that ends with “Professional Cohort”.
  • Click the “Apply” button.
  • Fill out the application as indicated.
  • On the ‘Experience & Interests’ tab, for ‘Area of Interest,’ please choose the NVIT cohort.


  • 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.

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 NVIT 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:

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:

David Roy

Senior Program Assistant

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition will be divided into seven (7) installments of $2,038.24 plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of the three program years. The program total is $14,267.71 plus applicable student fees.
  • The figures quoted above are proposed for the 2016-2017 academic year. Refer to the UBC Calendar (Master of Education (program off-campus) ) for confirmed fees.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change (typically 2% in May of each year).


If there is a discrepancy between the fees listed on this website and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar is the correct and confirmed source.

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