Educational Leadership: Leading for Educational Change in the Yukon EdD


Program Format

The following program structure is designed intentionally to support the supervision and research trajectory of the cohort. In building in a course-cohort-based structure that takes the students beyond their comprehensive exams, the integrity of the cohort model continues to support students in their: 
1. Research proposal and ethics (EDUC 950),
2. Data collection and analysis, and
3. Dissertation writing.

This program is designed to offer flexibility for students by holding most classes on alternating weekends (e.g., Friday evening; Saturdays from 9-4). The exception to this will be EDUC 816 Developing Educational Programs and Practices for Diverse Educational Settings where students will be taking an extended canoe trip along the Yukon River (tentatively the second or third week of August 2022).

Students complete

Note: EdD program requirements include a minimum of 45 units, with comprehensive exam and a thesis. See more detail here.

  • Start Term: Fall 2022 (September)
  • Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Applications Open: November 1, 2021
  • Applications Close: March 15, 2022
  • Tuition 2021/22*: $5,193.99/term
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.



EDUC 964-5 Seminar in Educational Theory

This course is determined in context with the program theme.

Seminar in Educational Theory

EDUC 964

EDUC 961-5 Educational Governance, Reform, and Diversity 

Educational Governance, Reform and Diversity

EDUC 961

The nature and impact of recent wide-ranging systemic educational reform in several different countries are critically examined, through two major themes. One theme is the politics and dynamics of governance, with a particular emphasis on participatory forms of political life in a heterogeneous society. The other theme is the politics and culture of difference, and the development of community which respects these differences.

EDUC 950-5 Approches to Educational Research

Approaches to Educational Research

EDUC 950

The broad paradigms encompassing much current educational research are examined, with emphasis on their philosophical and assumptional bases, as well as general ethical and methodological issues. Particular attention is paid to the critical reading of research and the implications for educational leadership. In addition, students begin to identify a research topic and to develop a defensible research orientation.

EDUC 816-5 Developing Educational Programs and Practices for Diverse Educational Settings

This course will include a land-experience, in the form of a paddling trip down the Yukon River. This one week trip is tentatively scheduled for the second or third week of August 2023.

Developing Educational Programs and Practices for Diverse Educational Settings

EDUC 816

Investigates theories and issues associated with developing educational programs and practices in various educational contexts. Addresses the development of new programs and their implementation in schools and other educational settings.

EDUC 962-5 Leadership, Accountability and the Public Interest

Leadership, Accountability and the Public Interest

EDUC 962

The special responsibilities of leaders in educational institutions for accountability both to learners and to the wider community with respect to policies, practices and programs are the focus of this seminar. Contemporary approaches to program assessment and to ensuring cost-effectiveness in educational management are applied to cases emerging from student experience.

EDUC 840-5 Graduate Seminar

This course will be used to support students in their dissertation writing.

Graduate Seminar

EDUC 840

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

EDUC 904-5 Fieldwork IV

This course will be used to support students in their dissertation writing.

Fieldwork III

EDUC 904

EDUC 905-5 Fieldwork V

This course will be used to support students in their dissertation writing.

Fieldwork IV

EDUC 905

EDUC 983-5 Comprehensive Examination

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

EDUC 983

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Normally, the comprehensive examination is completed in the term in which course requirements are completed, or the term immediately following. The comprehensive examination is completed as a written and oral examination submitted to the committee. Questions for the comprehensive examination will be posted at the beginning of the students' program.

EDUC 899-15*

A major part of this program is original research. A thesis describing this is submitted and defended. Upon entry to the program, every term students enroll in EDUC 899-15 Doctoral Thesis.

Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.