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Educational Leadership

Master of Education

The master of education (MEd) is a professional degree signifying advanced knowledge about and advanced training in educational practice. This program is intended for current and prospective leaders who are engaged in educational activities in a variety of societal workplaces [e.g. schools, colleges, community agencies, health agencies, justice agencies, art agencies). While the program is grounded both in research and in practice, it has a strong philosophical and conceptual orientation that encourages students to view issues and problems in the workplace in more complex and educative ways.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered if superior scholarly or professional achievement is demonstrated.

Admission is granted to a specific degree and to a particular program or specialization. Application information is available from the Faculty of Education.

Program Requirements

This program consists of courses and a comprehensive examination for a minimum of 35 units. After successful completion of three courses, students admitted to the MEd program may, on the senior supervisor's recommendation, and with the approval of the graduate director, transfer to the MA program.

Students must complete

EDUC 813 - Organizational Theory and Analyses (5)

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 - Policy Processes (5)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G031 Larry Kuehn
EDUC 818 - Leadership Studies (5)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G031 Anisha Arora
Chris Rogerson
G032 Michelle Pidgeon
EDUC 904 - Fieldwork III (5)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G031 Natalia Gajdamaschko

and one of

EDUC 822 - Evaluation of Educational Programs (5)

Processes used in program evaluation; including test and other measurement devices; and political, social and philosophical issues relating to the evaluation of educational programs.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G031 Bruce Beairsto
EDUC 864 - Research Designs in Education (5)

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. Equivalent Courses: EDUC814.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Mark Fettes
Mo 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
G031 David Pimm
G032 Michelle Pidgeon

and one additional course (five units) approved by the student's senior supervisor.

and a comprehensive examination

EDUC 883 - MEd Comprehensive Examination (5)

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 TBD
G021 Tu 12:30 PM – 5:20 PM
We 9:30 AM – 5:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Fr 9:30 AM – 5:20 PM
G031 TBD

The comprehensive examination normally occurs in the term in which course requirements are completed or in the term immediately following.

Community Graduate Programs – Two Year Option

This program is also offered as a two year program that is often situated in communities throughout the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. It caters to practicing educators who wish to improve their abilities to critically read, evaluate and integrate educational theory and research. The program's focus will be on a theme that integrates scholarly inquiry with focal interests and professional practice needs.

Classes normally are scheduled every second weekend at the program location.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within six terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.