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Educational Leadership and Policy

Degrees Offered: Ed.D.



A. Abdi, L. Andres, V. Andreotti, M. Gleason, D. Kelly, A. Mazawi, L. Roman, C. Ruitenberg, T. J. Sork, A. Taylor, P. Walter, H. Wright.

Professors Emeriti

J. Archibald, S. Butterwick, D. Fisher, D. Pratt, K. Rubenson

Associate Professors

C. Ahenakew, J. Chan, G. Fallon, H. Gill, M. Marker, A. Metcalfe, W. Poole, H. Shan, M. Stack, A. R. Tom, R. VanWynsberghe, T. Webb.

Associate Professors Emeritus

D. Coulter.

Assistant Professors

J. Ellis, S. Rocha, S. Stein, J. Walker, F. Wang.

Program Overview

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy provides advanced preparation for education practitioners with leadership and policy responsibilities in both formal and nonformal settings. These settings include, among many others, the post-secondary sector, business and health organizations, unions, and community groups, as well as the K-12 school system.

The program is grounded in the belief that it is important for participants to engage in scholarly discourse about understanding, critiquing, and improving practice in educational settings. It consists of six required seminars, two elective courses, a comprehensive examination, and a dissertation. While the program addresses Canadian educational issues and perspectives in a global context, it is the particular settings and leadership or policy responsibilities of the participants that are the starting points of seminars. The expertise of qualified adjunct faculty from related professional fields supplements that of the regular faculty members.

Doctor of Education

Students are admitted to the Ed.D. in cohorts of 10 to 15 and proceed through the program as a group. It is possible to complete program requirements in three years but most students take somewhat longer. Each cohort attends classes on campus for two consecutive Summer Sessions (July to mid-August) and two consecutive Winter Sessions (on weekends from September to early April).

Admission Requirements

Applicants to a doctoral program ordinarily hold a master's degree in a relevant discipline or field with overall first-class standing (a minimum of A- or 80%), in exceptional cases with high second class standing (B+ or 78%). Clear evidence of research ability must be demonstrated. Professional work experience in education is highly desirable.

Program Requirements

Coursework consists of 18 credits of required seminars and 6 credits of elective courses. In addition, program completion requires a comprehensive examination, and research leading to an Ed.D. dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

For detailed information on requirements for the Ed.D. program, see the Program.

Contact Information

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