The educational administration and leadership major is one of four distinct majors within the University of Alberta's Educational Policy Studies master's program. This program is well-suited for prospective students and working professionals looking to prepare for administrative or other leadership roles within schools and government, in Canada and around the world.
All students in the educational administration and leadership major are accepted into the course-based route and complete four core courses and a series of options with a capping exercise. Students may also apply for the thesis-based route, and complete the same four core courses, four option courses, and a thesis. All students also complete an ethics module as part of the core requirements of this program.
Required courses within the Educational Policy Studies department include: EDPS 580 Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspective and Practice and EDPS 581 Introduction to Evaluating Educational Research, which give students foundational skills to be able to understand and use different research methodologies, gain and important contextual understanding of the history of education and where we are today, and build skills such as writing literature reviews, research papers, book reviews, and engaging in classroom discussion.
Required courses within this specialization include: EDPS 511 Evolving Concepts in Educational Administration and Leadership and EDPS 512 Administrative and Leadership Process in Education. Both courses aim to teach foundational knowledge that help students situate themselves within the field of educational administration and leadership, learn various theoretical approaches, and demonstrate their understanding of this knowledge by conducting thorough research papers, generally on a topic within educational administration of a student's choosing.
The customization of this program really comes within the flexibility of the range of option courses a student can choose from, as well as the final thesis or capping project. Students are permitted to take almost any education course at the graduate level to satisfy the requirements of this program, which allows students to investigate specific interests, such as how to conduct qualitative or quantitative studies, arts-based research, educational technology, educational psychology, to name a few. Students can also enroll in a supervised independent study course and design the course content in collaboration with their supervisor.
Is This Program For You?
This program is very accommodating to part-time students, so it is ideal for students who may already be working within an educational or government field and who want to take on administrative or leadership positions within their organization. Specific vocational "how to be a leader" courses are not taught within the program, but the concept of leadership and developing skills needed to lead and think critically in today's universities can be explored in any of the courses. You can really make this program what you want, and choose to gain more research experience by completing a thesis or by participating in department workshops and research days.
For more information on this program, please visit the University of Alberta's Department of Educational Policy Studies website.
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