Educational Leadership (MEd)

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Length of program

25 months

Mode of delivery


Program consists of:

  • Coursework
  • Culminating activity
  • Internship





Program description

The Master of Education (Educational Leadership) program reflects recent shifts in the knowledge base and in the restructuring of educational leadership programs worldwide using a 21st Century professional practice competencies approach that integrates theory and practice. The program particularly reflects the Faculty of Education’s commitment to preparing leaders for schools and school jurisdictions.

This leadership preparation program is consistent with acknowledged professional practices to meet anticipated demands for competent and committed school leaders. The purpose of the Master of Education (Educational Leadership) program is to provide the knowledge and skills of candidates who wish to develop a leadership focus within their teaching career.

This 25-month long program is offered in a blended delivery format. This includes online courses in fall, spring, and summer semesters, as well as face-to-face courses in July.

See Application Deadlines for intake details.

Note: The Master of Education program does not lead to teacher certification. Individuals seeking teacher certification in the province of Alberta should refer to the Bachelor of Education program.

​International Students:

More than 50% of the courses in this program follow an online delivery format. Please be advised that due to the blended nature of this program, graduates will not be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit after completing this program.

From a study in 2013, 40% of teachers in Alberta leave the profession within the first five years,” she says. “How do we get them to stay? How do we get them to feel valued? One of the biggest variables impacting this is leadership."

Kathryn Desrochers (BSc/BEd ’13, MEd ’21) is the recipient of the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration’s Margaret Haughey Award for Best Thesis of 2020 and of the 2021 Faculty of Education Medal of Merit. Read her story here