Educational Leadership, Post-Secondary and Student Affairs M.Ed.

This  Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is intended for current post-secondary professionals and student services professionals. The program is grounded in research, theory, and practice related to the field of Student Services. It focuses on the study of student affairs and services leadership in various post-secondary educational settings.

Where appropriate, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) are applied to the program design and coursework. The program encourages students to view issues and problems they encounter in their workplace in deeper, more complex and educative ways. The program relates scholarly and humanistic questions and concepts to professional knowledge of ethics, student affairs and services processes, policy, and leadership.

This program extends over six terms, beginning in Fall 2012 and concluding in Summer 2014.

The Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership is awarded following the successful completion of a series of six courses and a culminating Comprehensive Examination.


Students complete:

EDUC 904-5    Fieldwork III

The Faculty Sponsor will provide further information regarding the Fieldwork course.

EDUC 813-5    Organizational Theory & Analyses

This course critically examines organizations in which educational leaders work from different theoretical perspectives and in light of research evidence. It also critiques several past and current reform initiatives, and explores specific topics in-depth. A central and pervasive question of the course concerns organizational purposes, especially with respect to learning, and how these purposes are served by organizational structures and processes.

EDUC 817-5    Policy Processes

This course examines three interrelated aspects of policy studies as a critical function of the educational leadership role: conceptual and theoretical foundations concerning policy, policy actors, and policy processes; current research in the field; and topical issues and problems. It also considers social, economic and political contexts (e.g. technologization, corporatization, pluralism) and how they affect education.

EDUC 818-5    Leadership Studies

This course examines three interrelated aspects of educational leadership studies of conceptual and theoretical foundations, with a particular emphasis on ethics of leadership; current research in the field, including feminist and cultural critiques; and topical issues and problems of leadership practice. Considerations of leadership character and role, power and authority in organizational relationships, and organizational goal achievement are central to the course.

EDUC 806-5    Selected Problems in Higher Education

This course is determined in context with the program.

EDUC 864-5    Research Designs in Education

Designing and interpreting research about education. Introduction to survey techniques, correlational designs, classic experimental and evaluation designs for investigating causal relations, case study methods, interpretive approaches to research. Students with credit for EDUC 814 may not take this course for further credit.

EDUC 883-5    M.Ed. Comprehensive Examination

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Faculty Sponsors

Admission Information

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants must meet SFU master's admission requirements.

  1. A bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses from a recognized university, or the equivalent. In exceptional cases, applications will be considered where the applicant has followed an alternate educational path and the applicant has extensive experience in an educational or professional setting.

  2. Submitted evidence that the applicant is capable of undertaking advanced work in the area of interest. This is usually judged from letters of reference from qualified referees and an academic writing sample.

  3. Several years of exemplary and varied educational and professional experience, preferably in the area of interest.

Program Format:

The Master of Education (MEd) program is designed for practicing educators in the post-secondary system. This two-year degree offers the opportunity to obtain a high quality Masters degree in your local community through a schedule geared to the working professional.

  • Focused on improvement of practice through the study of educational theory, philosophy and practice.
  • The program is co-designed to flexibly accommodate the demanding lifestyles and schedules of today's educational professionals.
  • Cohort-based with seven 5-unit courses over six terms.
  • Classes meet every second or third weekend on Friday evening and Saturdays at the program location.

Program Fees:

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Admissions Contacts:

For admissions/course registration, contact Trina Zindler (; 778-782-8120). If Trina is unavailable, contact other staff in the Surrey Graduate Programs office.

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Information about financial support is available from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

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