MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership (SQEL)

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Leadership in Indigenous Education
Skwxwú7mesh Úxwimixw Ns7éyxnitm ta Snewéyalh

Skwxwú7mesh Úxwimixw Ns7éyxnitm ta Snewéyalh (the Squamish Nation- Education Department) is excited to be a partner and to host the Squamish 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 Squamish 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 Squamish 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 advisor and learn more about applying to become a graduate student.

For details, please contact


6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Chief Joe Mathias Centre
100 Capilano Road, Squamish Nation


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Chief Joe Mathias Centre
100 Capilano Road, Squamish Nation

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 2015 EDST 508A – Indigenous Inquiry and Methodology
January 2016 EDST 581 – Aims of Education
May 2016 EDST 532 – Educational Leadership
July 2016 Elective
August 2016 Elective
Year Two
September 2016 EDST 582 – The Study of Educational Organizations
January 2017 EDST 508B – Indigenous Epistemology and Methodology
May 2017 EDST 501 – Research Traditions in EDAL
July 2017 Compulsory Elective – Language and Culture
September 2017 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.

How to Apply

Please contact us if you wish to apply to the program.

Application Process

Carefully read the following instructions before beginning your application. Please print this page and refer to it while completing your online application.

1. Online Application
  • Navigate to
  • When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and click “Create Your Account”.
    (Note: If you have already begun your application, simply log in).
  • Once you have created your account, choose “New Application”.
  • Click “Start a Completely New Application”.
  • Under “Degree” choose “Master of Education” from the drop-down menu.

Important: You must select the precise program name listed above.

If you select the wrong program name, you will need to re-apply and pay an additional application fee. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will not refund your application fee, or transfer or cancel your application.

  • Proceed with your application as instructed.
  • References: 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.

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.

Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.

  • If you know that a referee is unable to submit an online reference, please leave the email address blank on the application.

See “Supporting Documents” below for information on submitting letters of reference by mail.

  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Submit” in order to save your application.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.
2. Supporting Documents

In addition to your online application, please forward:

  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

Your application requires two (2) sealed transcripts from every post-secondary institution you attended (except UBC), even institutions where you did not complete a program.

If you are a UBC alumnus, please provide your student number so we may access your transcript.

  • An electronic copy of an up-to-date resumé.
  • In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters may be sent by mail. The form is available here.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form.

The reference form is designed to be completed by professors; 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: Letters of reference will only be considered valid if the referee’s signature appears across the sealed flap of the envelope.


  • If you have unofficial copies of your transcripts, we can adjudicate your eligibility before your official transcripts arrive; you may send these by mail, fax (604.822.2015) or email.

Please note that this adjudication is not official until we have received your sealed transcripts, and your eligibility for the program is based on your application as a whole.

  • Send everything to the attention of:

Professional Development & Community Engagement
UBC Faculty of Education
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.

Please contact SPA (604.822.xxxx) if you require any assistance with the application process.

Tuition and Fees

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 (typically 2% in May of each year). The figures quoted above are current for the 2015-2016 academic year.


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