Transformational Change EdD

The EdD in Transformational Change provides dynamic opportunities for understanding the world of teaching and learning in a variety of settings from classroom to boardroom.  This program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs to create transformational change at the personal, social, and organizational levels.


  • Location: SFU Vancouver
  • Start Term: Fall 2011
  • Apply by: March 15, 2011
  • Tuition 2014/15: $4521.66/term


This program is an experiential / multidisciplinary opportunity that has at its core a desire to examine the complex world of learning. Curriculum and pedagogy are seen as being structured like a web of constantly evolving theories and practices. Tomorrow’s educational leaders will require the skills and knowledge encompassing an understanding of how philosophical, socio-cultural, multicultural, technological and political influences impact schools, ministries and leading edge organizations in education, health and industry.

Students complete:

EDUC 964-5    Seminar in Educational Theory

This course is determined in context with the program.

EDUC 950-5    Approaches to Educational Resesarch

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 907-5    Selected Topics: Aesthetics and Transformation

This course is determined in context with the program.

EDUC 908-5    Selected Topics: Dialogue - A Relational Approach to Learning

This course is determined in context with the program.

EDUC 911-5     Colloquium in Curriculum Theory I

Investigations and discussions about curriculum theory and practice.

EDUC 983-5    Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

EDUC 899-15*    Doctoral Thesis

Prerequisite: EDUC 983

*Effective January 1, 2018, the unit value of EDUC 899 increased to 15 units from 10 units.

Program Faculty

  • Dr. David Kaufman Please note: Dr. Kaufman is not taking new students as senior supervisor.

Admission Information

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants must meet SFU doctoral admissions requirements.

  1. One of the following:
    a) A master's degree from Simon Fraser University or its equivalent from a recognized institution, demonstrating strong academic performance, or

    b) A bachelor's degree, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5/4.33 or a grade point average of at least 3.67/4.33(A-) based on the last 60 units of undergraduate/graduate courses from a recognized institution, or

    c) Completion of at least 75% of the course work units required for the relevant department's master's program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. All graduate courses, whether completed at SFU or its equivalent from a recognized institution, shall be considered in the calculation.

  2. Submitted evidence that the applicant is capable of undertaking substantial original research. This is usually judged from letters of reference from qualified referees, and the completion of a master's thesis or other scholarly work (writing sample).

  3. Several years of exemplary and varied educational and professional experience, preferably in educational leadership.

Of particular value will be evidence that candidates not only have an interest in critical reflection on issues of leadership, but also are judged by their peers capable of providing distinctive leadership in their subsequent educational careers.

Students whose primary language is not English may be required to satisfy the University and the graduate program committee as to their capability in English (i.e. TOEFL / IELTS scores). Academic equivalency by country.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Program Format:

This program is designed for the working professional with a flexible schedule to accomodate your demanding lifestyle.

  • Cohort model, 20-25 students
  • This program combines face-to-face immersion on our Vancouver campus, synchronous and asynchronous delivery models.
  • Students complete five 5-unit courses, a comprehensive exam, and a doctoral dissertation.

Program Fees:

Tuition 2014/15              $4521.66/term

Other Fees
Recreation/Athletics             $71.06
Student Activity                    $63.59
Student Services                 $42.64
Graduation (first 3 terms)      $12.00
Universal Transit Pass      $120.00 (Students who do not live in the GVRD and are registered in off-campus courses can apply for an exemption.)

Extended Health/Dental – for information please go to If students have existing extended health and dental coverage, an opt out process is required if no further coverage is wanted.

On leave information (per term students)

On leave fees (special fees)

Fees are subject to change annually.  Please refer to the SFU Calendar for further information.

Admissions Contacts:

For admissions/course registration, contact Irene Burrell (; 778-782-8099). If Irene is unavailable, please 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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