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Educational Leadership and Policy


Degrees Offered: Ed.D.



A. Abdi, L. Andres, V. Andreotti, M. Gleason, D. Kelly, M. Kovach, A. Mazawi, A. Metcalfe, L. Roman, C. Ruitenberg, T. Sork, A. Taylor, R. VanWynsberghe, T. Webb, H. Wright.

Professors Emeriti

J. Archibald, S. Butterwick, D. Fisher, D. Pratt, K. Rubenson

Associate Professors

C. Ahenakew, J. Ellis, G. Fallon, H. Gill, S. Rocha, H. Shan, M. Stack, S. Stein, J. Walker, P. Walter, F. Wang.

Associate Professors Emeriti

J. Chan, D. Coulter, W. Poole.


Program Overview

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy provides advanced preparation for education practitioners with leadership and policy responsibilities in both formal and nonformal settings. These settings include, among many others, the post-secondary sector, business and health organizations, unions, and community groups, as well as the K-12 school system.

The program is grounded in the belief that it is important for participants to engage in scholarly discourse about understanding, critiquing, and improving practice in educational settings. It consists of six required seminars, two elective courses, a comprehensive examination, and a dissertation. While the program addresses Canadian educational issues and perspectives in a global context, it is the particular settings and leadership or policy responsibilities of the participants that are the starting points of seminars. The expertise of qualified adjunct faculty from related professional fields supplements that of the regular faculty members.

Doctor of Education

Students are admitted to the Ed.D. in cohorts of 10 to 15 and proceed as a group through required courses and the comprehensive examination which occurs at the end of Year 2. Students then propose and execute their dissertation research projects. If the degree is not awarded within a period of six years from initial registration, for a full-time student, and eight years from initial registration for a part-time student, the student's eligibility for the degree will be terminated and the student will be required to withdraw from the program. Under exceptional circumstances, an extension to allow a student to continue in the program may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. See Residency Requirements and Duration of Program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to a doctoral program ordinarily hold a master's degree in a relevant discipline or field with overall first-class standing (a minimum of A- or 80%), in exceptional cases with high second class standing (B+ or 78%), with preference for completion of a thesis. Clear evidence of research ability must be demonstrated. Evidence should be provided of professional activity including active engagement in the practice of educational leadership and/or policy making.

Program Requirements

Coursework consists of 18 credits of required seminars and 6 credits of elective courses. In addition, program completion requires a comprehensive examination, and research leading to an Ed.D. dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

For detailed information on requirements for the Ed.D. program, see the Program.

Contact Information

Department of Educational Studies
Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons
6445 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604.822.6647 (Graduate Program Assistant)
Fax: 604.822.4244

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