MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership

Leadership in Indigenous Education

NVIT Burnaby Campus

This cohort is also being offered at our Merritt campus.

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 MEd Nlaka’pamux Nation cohort welcomes committed individuals who will:

  • Contribute to strengthening educational success for Indigenous learners
  • Make educational sites more responsive to Indigenous families and communities
  • Guide their leadership practice through Indigenous Knowledge Systems (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 is for you.

Nmice qtns he Helew’ Eagles Perch is excited to be a partner and to host the Nlaka’pamux Nation MEd 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.

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.


The UBC MEd in Educational Administration and Leadership consists of 30 credits of course work. The schedule is as follows:

1 January 2020 The Study of Educational Organizations EDST 582 3
1 May 2020 Group Inquiry into Educational Practices EDST 553 3
1 June 2020 Leadership, Administration, and the Aims of Education EDST 581 3
1 August 2020 Leadership in Educational Organizations EDST 532 3
1 September 2020 Indigeneity, Technology , and Education ETEC 521 3
2 January 2021 First Nations Education Policy EDST 565B 3
2 May 2021 Indigenous Inquiry & Research EDST 545 3
2 May 2021 Capstone: Society, Culture & Politics in Education EDST 585 3
2 July 2021 Indigenous Epistemology & Curriculum EDST 591 3
2 August 2021 Case Changers in Indigenous Education & Advancement EDST 565 3

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: Open
Application Deadline:


  • 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 NVB1 or MEd in Educational Administration & 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 NVB1.
  • 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 NVB1 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.

Linda Haftner
NVB1 Graduate Cohort
Faculty of Education, PDCE Office
University of British Columbia
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


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

Linda Haftner

Senior Program Assistant


Refer to the UBC Calendar "Master of Education (program off-campus)" for confirmed and up-to-date 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).

NOTE: Bursaries are available to qualifying students via NVIT. Exact tuition will be determined upon acceptance to the program.

For more information about tuition and bursaries, please contact the Cohort Advisor, Dr. Verna Billy-Minnabarriet at, or the Program Assistant, Linda Haftner at

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This program is offered by the Department of Educational Studies. Learn more about EDST Programs.