Specialization in Studies in Educational Leadership (SEL)

This specialization provides advanced study for Canadian and International candidates 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 education institutions in Canada and world-wide.

The SEL specialization is available in both the Doctoral and Master's programs.

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Specialization Change

Prior to 01 July, 2022, Studies in Educational Leadership (SEL) was known as Education Administration and Leadership (EDAL).


Master's Program

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. 

Qualifications

The Studies in Educational 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 ★36 for course-based programs, or ★24 for thesis-based programs. This includes ★6 in the department core courses, ★6 in the specialization core courses and ★9 in specialization core elective 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. 

Educational Policy 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 – Organizational Theory and Education 

Specialization Core Elective Courses – Minimum of ★9 

  • EDPS 501 – Conference Course: First Nations, Metis, Inuit Education for School Leaders
  • EDPS 501 – Conference Course: Parent/Caregiver Participation in Schooling
  • EDPS 501 – Conference Course: Rural Education
  • EDPS 501 – Conference Course: School Leadership and Supporting Diverse Learners
  • EDPS 509 – Research Data Collection & Analysis 
  • EDPS 513 – Educational Policy and Reform 
  • EDPS 531 – Supporting Educator Professional Growth 
  • EDPS 547 – Leadership for Social Justice 
  • EDPS 548 – Global Governance & Issues in Educational Administration and Leadership 
  • EDPS 541 – Organizational Learning and Change 
  • EDPS 553 – Legal Aspects of Educational Administration 
  • EDPS 572 – Administration of Post-secondary Institutions 
  • EDPS 635 – Organizational Theory 
  • EDPS 672 – Issues in Post-secondary Education

Options/Electives

Courses at the 500-level and above 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 is found in Bear Tracks.

Course-Based Program 

  • EDPS 900 – Directed Research Project (★3) 

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. 


Doctoral Program

This specialization prepares Canadian and international candidates for a broad range of administrative, supervisory, and leadership positions in schools, school systems, postsecondary institutions, departments of education, other government agencies, professional associations, and similar organizations.

Qualifications

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

Program Structure

The EdD and PhD degree require a minimum of ★36 which normally includes a minimum of ★24 in graduate courses and a dissertation.

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

Educational Policy Core Courses

  • EDPS 680 - Policy Research and Education
  • EDPS 681 - Frameworks for Research in Educational Policy Studies

Specialization Core Courses

  • EDPS 635 - Organization Theory I
  • EDPS 511 - Evolving Concepts in Educational Administration and Leadership*
  • EDPS 512 - Organizational Theory and Education*

*Doctoral students are only exempt from these required courses if they have taken these courses or an equivalent in their master's degree prior to entering the doctoral program. If not exempted, these courses will be required in addition to the other requirements in the doctoral program.

Options

  • 500-level or 600-level courses taken across the department or faculty chosen to enhance the program.

A list of courses to be offered during the Fall Session (September to December) and Winter Session (January to April) can be found through BearTracks. Information about courses offered during the Intersession (May to August) will be available on the BearTracks system when the University publishes its Spring/Summer Guide, normally by December.

Students may undertake a supervised individual study course if permitted by their specialization program and only with prior approval. Permission will not be granted if the proposed content is available through regular course offerings.

Dissertation

Registration in 900-level THES. All students in a doctoral program are required to present a dissertation embodying the results of their research on a topic approved by their supervisor and supervisory committee.

Candidacy Examination

The completion of coursework, the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training and the Candidacy Exam must be completed within three years of the start of the program. For part time students, these requirements must be complete within four years of the start of the program.

Leadership Certification 

Alberta has two types of leadership certification for school leaders: principal certification and superintendent certification. For more information see Leadership Certifications (Government of Alberta) or download the PDF information sheet