Educational Leadership and Policy MEd

Master of Education

Program Description

The MEd program in Educational Leadership and Policy is designed primarily for students who are interested in learning the nature and practice of leadership and policy, especially with respect to social diversity and change in elementary and secondary schools. The MEd degree can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. While experience in teaching and administration is not an essential prerequisite for admission, such experience provides a desirable background. The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.

There are two MEd options available:

  1. Coursework Only Option and

  2. Coursework Plus Major Research Paper Option.

Students initially apply to and register in the Coursework Only Option. For registration in the Coursework Plus Major Research Paper Option, department permission is required.

The Coursework Only Option is available in two delivery models:

  1. Regular MEd stream: students are accepted every year and can register on a full-time or part-time basis.

  2. Online/Hybrid (part-time) Cohort-based stream: available in select years. Students move through the program as a cohort and register part-time. Applicants who are interested in the Online/Hybrid Cohort must specify their interest in this cohort in their Statement of Intent. However, due to limited space, admission to the MEd degree program does not guarantee membership in this cohort.

 

MEd Program (Coursework Only Option [Regular Delivery])

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Two letters of reference. Whenever possible, one should be written by an educational professional for whom the applicant has worked. The second should be by a referee who can attest to the applicant's academic ability.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA1004H Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • LHA1040H Introduction to Educational Leadership and Policy: Policy, Leadership, Change, and Diversity (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • 4.0 other FCEs, of which at least 2.0 FCEs must be from the Educational Leadership and Policy program, normally at the 1000 level or 5000 special topics level. Students may choose to focus on one of the four research areas: Policy, Leadership, Change, or Social Diversity.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

 

MEd Program (Coursework Only Option [Online/Hybrid Delivery, Part-Time Only])

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Two letters of reference. Whenever possible, one should be written by an educational professional for whom the applicant has worked. The second should be by a referee who can attest to the applicant's academic ability.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA1004H Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • LHA1040H Introduction to Educational Leadership and Policy: Policy, Leadership, Change, and Diversity (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • 4.0 other FCEs, of which at least 2.0 FCEs must be from the Educational Leadership and Policy program, normally at the 1000 level or 5000 special topics level. Students may choose to focus on one of the four research areas: Policy, Leadership, Change, or Social Diversity.

Program Length

10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

6 years part-time

 

MEd Program (Coursework Plus Major Research Paper Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Two letters of reference. Whenever possible, one should be written by an educational professional for whom the applicant has worked. The second should be by a referee who can attest to the applicant's academic ability.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA1003H Designing Master's Research Proposals (0.5 FCE). Part-time students are recommended to take this course towards the end of their program; full-time students are recommended to take it in Year 1.

    • LHA1040H Introduction to Educational Leadership and Policy: Policy, Leadership, Change, and Diversity (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • 3.0 other FCEs, of which at least 1.5 FCEs must be from the Educational Leadership and Policy program, normally at the 1000 level or 5000 special topics level. Students may choose to focus on one of the four program strands: Policy, Leadership, Change, or Social Diversity. LHA1004H Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy is strongly recommended, as is an appropriate research methods (RM) course selected in consultation with the Faculty MRP supervisor.

  • Major Research Paper (MRP): LHA2001Y0 Major Research Paper to be carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time