Leadership Quality Standard Courses

The University of Lethbridge has been approved by Alberta Education to deliver a two-course package which meets the Leadership Quality Standard (LQS) certification requirement. Each course is 3.0 Credit Hours. Courses are offered sequentially, and are intended to be taken as a package. Students will register in both the Fall and Winter offering (upon approval for registration).

Refer to the Leadership Quality Standard FAQ webpage for additional information and alternate pathways to LQS certification.

EDUC 5855 Exploring the Leadership Quality Standard (Fall 2024, Sept-Dec)

An exploration of Alberta Education's Leadership Quality Standard and implications for the practice of educational leadership in Alberta. 

Sessions will be held synchronously via Zoom. Sessions will run Fridays 5:00-8:00 pm MT and Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm MT on the following dates:

  • September 13-14, 2024
  • October 18-19, 2024
  • November 15-16, 2024
  • December 6-7, 2024

EDUC 5856 Implementing the Leadership Quality Standard (Winter 2025, Jan-Apr)

This course introduces a broad variety of methods in which knowledge and understanding of Alberta Education's Leadership Quality Standard can be enhanced and applied through field studies for professionals in education and education-related contexts in community settings. 

Sessions will be held synchronously via Zoom. Sessions will run Fridays 5:00-8:00 pm MT and Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm MT on the following dates:

  • January 10-11, 2025
  • February 7-8, 2025
  • March 7-8, 2025
  • April 4-5, 2025

Minimum requirements:

Individuals must possess a valid permanent Alberta Teaching Certificate and have been teaching for two years to be eligible to complete the courses. Candidates must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the terms containing the last 20 university-graded courses. Undergraduate transcripts will be required as part of the registration process. After submitting the form below email your transcripts to edu.masters@uleth.ca.


Cost for each course is approximately $1,000, which includes the graduate course tuition fee and required miscellaneous fees. An additional $140 Open Studies application fee is also required ($60 registration fee and $80 tuition deposit). Refer to the Fee Schedule for details.

Other details:

Registration is first come for those students upon meeting the minimum registration requirements. Space is limited. Courses must be taken in order.

Students completing EDUC 5855 and 5856 may not apply these to the MEd (Educational Leadership) program. Students applying to the MEd (Contemporary Issues in Education) program after completing EDUC 5855 and 5856 may apply for transfer credit at time of admission.

Email us at edu.masters@uleth.ca if you have questions.

FOIP Statement

Protection of Privacy - The personal information requested on the  form below is collected under the authority of Section 33 (c) of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“Act”) and will be protected under Part 2 of the Act. The information is collected for the purpose of registration in the two-course LQS package.  If you have any inquiries in regards to the collection of your personal information, please direct those inquiries to:  FOIP Coordinator, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Dr. West, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4, telephone: 403-332-4620, email: foip@uleth.ca.


I hereby give permission for the Faculty of Education to report successful completion of the two-course series to Teacher Certification Branch through the TWINS registry system.