Master's Program with EDAL Specialization

This specialization provides advanced study in preparation for a broad range of administrative, supervisory, and leadership positions in public and non-government sectors, and in K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions in Canada and world-wide.


The Educational Administration and Leadership specialization requires applicants to have a minimum of two years of teaching experience or equivalent.

Program structure

The M.Ed. degree requires a minimum of ★33 for course-based programs, or ★24 for thesis-based programs. This includes ★6 in the department core courses and ★6 in the specialization core courses. Each student's program includes study in core areas, research methods, electives, and a thesis or capping exercise.

See the Graduate Course List for current Educational Policy Studies graduate courses.

Department Core Courses

  • EDPS 580 - Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspective & Practice
  • EDPS 581 - Introduction to Evaluating Educational Research

Specialization Core Courses

  • EDPS 511 - Evolving Concepts in Educational Administration and Leadership
  • EDPS 512 - Administrative and Leadership Process in Education


500-level and above courses taken across the department or faculty, chosen in consultation with the supervisor or program advisor.

Students may undertake a supervised individual study course if permitted by their specialization program and only with prior approval by their advisor/supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. Students must have already completed at least one course (★3) in their program in order to receive permission. Permission will not be granted if the proposed content is available through regular course offerings.

A list of courses to be offered throughout the year can be found by accessing Bear Tracks.

Course-Based Program

EDPS 900 - Directed Research Project

Thesis-Based Program

Registration in 900-level THES. All students in a thesis-based Master of Education shall present a thesis embodying the results of their research on a topic approved by their supervisor.