Doctor of Education

EdD in Educational Leadership: Leading for Educational Change in the Yukon

Method of delivery:
Applications open:
November 1, 2021
Applications close:
March 15, 2022
Next start date:
September 2022

applications closed

Get all the information you need to apply for the Educational Leadership: Leading for Educational Change in the Yukon EdD program.


SFU Requirements

For admission to this program applicants must meet SFU’s doctoral admissions requirements as follows:

  1. One of the following:    
    1. A master's degree from Simon Fraser University or its equivalent from a recognized institution, demonstrating strong academic performance, or
    2. 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
    3. 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).

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.

Program Requirements

Applicants must also possess 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


Tuition (2023/24)

  • $5,403.83 (per term)*

Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.

*The term fee will be charged for the first eight terms, and then a 50% continuing fee will be applied for the remainder of the program.

SFU Ancillary Fees

Simon Fraser University assesses the Student Services fee, the graduate student activity fee, the U-Pass BC fee and the mandatory supplementary course fee to all eligible students in each term of enrollment.

More Information

Financial Resources

Currently Doctorate in Education (EdD) programs are not eligible for Student Loans/Grants. However, new programs and changes to current programs can occur without SFU Financial Aid and Award's knowledge. Contact SFU Financial Aid and Awards if you have any doubts or concerns about your program's eligibility.

Information for International Applicants


Before Applying (Admission Requirements and Documents)

Review the admission requirements, and begin preparing your required documents.

Reference letters must be specific to the application. At least TWO out of the THREE required references should be written by referees who are able to comment on your abilities and to make an informed judgment about your likelihood of success in graduate study (e.g., professors). When entering your referees' information, you must use their professional or institutional email address.

Ensure your referees include the following:

  • A frank appraisal of the applicant's ability to undertake a rigorous program of graduate study.
  • Reference to the applicant’s scholarly competence and academic ability to undertake advanced studies in education.
  • Personal qualities deemed relevant to the applicant’s ability to engage in graduate work.
  • Length of time and the context in which the referee has known the applicant.
  • Addressed to SFU on referee's institutional/professional letterhead.

Required supporting documents

After you submit the online application and pay the application fee you will be required to upload the following PDF documents:

  • Transcripts for each post-secondary institution attended
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Letter of Intent

Step 1: Apply Online

Complete the Online Application for Graduate Studies at SFU

Apply Here

Important notes about the online application system/process:

  • Can take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
  • You do not have to wait until you have all your supporting documents ready before applying. Graduate programs can be competitive, therefore is it recommended that you begin your application early to complete the online sections and being preparing and collecting the required documents.  
  • The online application system will allow you to partially complete the process, save, and return later.
  • The online application system is only available while applications are being accepted for each program.

Step 2: Pay application fee

Once you complete and submit Step 1 of the the online application, you wil need to pay the non-refundable application fee:

  • $90 CAN (applicants with Canadian transcripts only)
  • $125 CAN (students with one or more international transcripts)

Payment must be made by credit card (Mastercard or Visa). Once the payment is approved, you will receive an email confirming that your payment was successful and inviting you to proceed to submitting references and Uploading Documents (checklist).

step 3: Upload Supporting Documents

You will only be able to upload the required documents to complete your application after your application fee has been processed.

Upload the following required documents before the application deadline:


You must upload a transcript (scanned, saved, etc.) for each post-secondary institution you have attended (institutions you listed in Step 3, in your online application). Ensure all pages are uploaded, including the grading scale (typically located on the back of the page or a separate sheet).

Official transcripts will only be required if you receive an offer of admission.

More info about transcripts

Academic Writing Sample (PDF)

Upload a recent example of academic (written within the last five to seven years). The writing sample should demonstrate your ability to develop a logical sequence of ideas, support claims with evidence, and properly cite references using a consistent style.  

The writing sample:

  • may be a: research report, literature review, position paper, policy brief, curriculum, evaluation report, or other scholarly paper;
  • must include a title page with the author's name and date paper was written. If the sample was originally written for a different context (e.g. submitted for course credit, developed as a work product), then identify the original context and clarify whether the document has been edited or otherwise updated since the orginal submission;
  • should apply a consistent style of writing including formatting the in-text citations and reference list according to a style manual such as the latest edition of APA, MLA or Chicago style manuals, or another organization's institutional style sheet;
  • should be approximately 15-20 pages, double spaced, including references. You may also submit two or three shorter samples in one PDF;
  • preference is sole-authored documents. If you submit a co-authored paper as a second sample, clarify what specific components of the paper you contributed. In describing your role in writing the paper, you may want to consult the list of activity categories identified in the APA’s authorship determination scorecard;
  • must adhere to the principles of academic integrity.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume (PDF)

Upload a current copy of your curriculum vitae/resume (3 pages maximum). It may include a summary of publications.  

Letter of Intent (PDF)

Upload a typed letter of intent as a PDF file. Outline the following in your letter of intent (approximately 500 words):

  • Explain in your own words why you wish to pursue graduate work in the area you are applying.
  • Detail your educational background, relevant research experience and training, and your research interests and goals.
  • Be sure to include your full name, employment and position.  

IELTS/TOEFL Test Results (If Applicable)

Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies. Applicants applying to programs conducted entirely in French will be exempt from this requirement. International applicants will not be required to complete an English-language test if they have completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language.

More information about English Language Requirements and text score submission

Document Retention

The documents which students supply to support admission applications will be retained for three terms following the term to which application is made. Then, application forms, transcripts and other materials related to applications will be destroyed. Irreplaceable documents will be returned to the applicant if requested at the time of application.


I have been out of university for a long time and do not have any recent academic referees – are three professional referees acceptable?

Anyone who can comment on your academic competence (e.g., department head, school principal, academic coordinator, manager/supervisor, etc.). What we look for from referees is confirmation that the applicant has the capacity to pursue a graduate degree – i.e. understands academic writing, reading, and has the intellect, academic preparation and skills (e.g. time management, ability to work and study etc.) to be successful. Applicants should prepare referees to speak to these qualities and capacities, and reference highlights of the applicant’s CV, describe projects, leadership, initiatives, professional experience that reflect qualities and skills that are relevant to academic achievement. For Counselling Psychology program applicants, please refer to the program website for more complete details about references.

If in doubt, contact the Program Assistant for confirmation.

How do I submit transcripts?

You must upload an unofficial transcript (scanned, saved, etc.) for each post-secondary institution you have attended when you are uploading documents to your application. You cannot upload these documents until your application has been submitted, and your application fee has been paid and processed.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will be required to submit an official transcript for each post-secondary institution. More information.

Note: Applicants who completed their former degrees at SFU are not required to submit an official SFU transcript, as these records can be accessed. More information on transcripts.

When will I know the selection committee’s decision regarding my application?

Applicants to PhD programs will receive notification in March to early April. Applicants to EdD programs will receive notification approximately 4-6 weeks after the application deadline. All applicants will receive an email letter from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students will also receive a letter in the mail shortly after.


The prerequisite for entry into a SFU Masters program is a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 from a recognized university, or the equivalent. For applicants who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree, if they have completed the Provincial Instructors Diploma Program (PIDP) and have extensive professional experience in an educational or professional setting, they may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate. After one year of coursework (12 units minimum) and a CGPA of 3.0, students may transfer into the MEd program.


Students whose native primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in the chosen field. Applicants applying to programs conducted entirely in French will be exempt from this requirement. English language requirements.

Are there online graduate programs offered by the Faculty of Education?

Generally, all our programs are offered face-to-face. Students are expected to attend all classes in person. Please review each program website to determine the delivery method for your program of interested.

Do you admit students without an undergraduate or masters degree?

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is significant professional experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship.

Students must satisfy any further requirements set by the graduate program committee.