Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)

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 thesis. 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.

Students are admitted to the Ed.D. in cohorts of 10 to 15 and proceed through the program as a group. It is possible to complete program requirements in three years but most students take somewhat longer. Each cohort attends classes on campus for two consecutive Summer Sessions (July to mid-August) and two consecutive Winter Sessions (on weekends from September to early April).

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Education
Subject
Education
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Educational Leadership and Policy
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Education

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Date: Thursday, 05 September 2019
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
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Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
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September Q&A with UBC Graduate Student Ambassadors

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Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

92
22
22
22
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

July 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 August 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 December 2019
Referee Deadline: 08 December 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 December 2019
Referee Deadline: 08 December 2019

July 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 August 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2020
Transcript Deadline: 01 December 2020
Referee Deadline: 08 December 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2020
Transcript Deadline: 01 December 2020
Referee Deadline: 08 December 2020

Alumni on Success

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications2920 2928
Offers1412 1612
New registrations138 1210
Total enrolment5046445347

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 52.08% based on 48 students admitted between 2005 - 2008. Based on 19 graduations between 2014 - 2017 the minimum time to completion is 3.83 years and the maximum time is 8.83 years with an average of 6.90 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 23 September 2018].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Friday, 6 September 2019 - 12:30pm - 1306A, Ponderosa Commons Oak House, 6445 University Boulevard

Jean Lynn Marie Maltesen
What Characteristics Account for Who Participates in Adult Basic Education at Vancouver Island University? A Case Study of Policy and Practice

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 12:30pm - 2012 Ponderosa Commons Oak House, 6445 University Blvd.

Jean Irene LaPierre
Mapping the Landscape of Indigenous Student Success

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Abdi, Ali (Citizenship and human rights education, International Development Education, Multi-centric Philosophies and Methodologies of Education, postcolonial studies in education, Social and Cultural Foundations of Education)
  • Ahenakew, Cash (Cultural studies, Higher Education, Indigenous Studies, Leadership and Organizations, Post-colonial studies, Race/ethnicity, Research methodologies, Social justice, Sociology of Education)
  • Andres, Lesley (Equity, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, International comparative higher education, Life Course research, Lifelong learning, Policy, Research methodologies, Social justice, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education)
  • Chan, Jennifer (transnational social movements, international and comparative education, Japanese civil society, Islam in multicultural societies, Adult education, Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, International and Comparative Education, Multiculturalism, Post-colonial studies)
  • De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa (Education for/about international development, Social accountability in local and global engagements, Global Citizenship Education)
  • Ellis, Jason (History of education, Education policy, Politics of education)
  • Fallon, Gerald (Indigenous Studies, International and Comparative Education, Leadership and Organizations, Policy, Research methodologies)
  • Gill, Hartej (Cultural studies, Leadership and Organizations, Post-colonial studies, Teaching and Practice)
  • Gleason, Mona (History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, history of education, history of children and youth, critical youth studies, gender and sexuality)
  • Kelly, Deirdre (Children and youth, Gender studies, Media and democracy, Social justice, Sociology of Education)
  • Marker, Michael (First Nations’ education, First nations education)
  • Mazawi, Andre (Citizenship and democracy, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, Leadership and organizations, Research methodologies, Sociology of Education)
  • Metcalfe, Amy (Science and Knowledge, Power and Organization, Imagery, Higher Education, Faculty, Internationalization, Campus Environments)
  • Poole, Wendy (Educational leadership and administration; Organizational change in education (reform of schooling); Teachers’ work; Teacher unions and teacher unionism; role of teacher unions in education, Leadership and organizations, Social justice, Teaching and Practice)
  • Rocha Perkerwicz, Samuel (Philosophical Traditions in Education, Philosophy of education)
  • Roman, Leslie (Ethnography, Cultural studies, Disability studies, Sociology of Education)
  • Ruitenberg, Claudia (Philosophical Traditions in Education, Educational Approaches, Social Impact of Artistic Education, Professional Ethics, Political education; discourse and translation)
  • Shan, Hongxia (Adult education, Equity, Gender Studies, International and Comparative Education, Lifelong Learning, Policy, Research methodologies, Social justice, Teaching and Practice, Workplace learning)
  • Sork, Tom (Adult education, Lifelong learning, Teaching and Practice)
  • Stack, Michelle (Adult Education and Continuing Education, Media and Society, Educational Context, university rankings , media education, knowledge translation, student engagement, social justice and equity)
  • Taylor, Alison (Social Contexts, Political Contexts, Educational Context, Social Policies, Education, Knowledge and Skills)
  • Vanwynsberghe, Robert (Citizenship and democracy, Social justice, Sustainability; Sustainability; Environmental Education; Theory and Method)
  • Walker, Judith (Adult education, Higher Education, International and Comparative Education, International Comparative Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Medical Education, Policy, Workplace learning)

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Ryan Timothy Sikkes
    "Dr. Sikkes studied Yukon's public school system during Yukon's transition to having provincial-type powers. He found that Yukon's constitutional and democratic development had direct effects on educational policy, especially school governance. His research will help inform the decision making of Yukon's present day educators and school leaders." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Margaret Dorothy Wilson
    "Dr. Wilson examined the accessibility, availability, and acceptability of health-related services for urban Indigenous people offered by an urban Aboriginal agency. Her research offers much to culturally responsive health services, Indigenous health policy, and professional health education regarding urban Indigenous people." (November 2018)
  • Dr. Nora Kathleen Houlahan
    "Dr. Houlahan designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated a competency-based program for municipal police recruit training in British Columbia. Recruits trained in this program have a more accurate view of their abilities compared to recruits in a lecture-based program. This program is now standard for municipal police recruit training in BC." (November 2018)
  • Dr. Dawn Marie Smith
    "Based on Nuu-chah-nulth principles and personal experiences of teaching Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in higher education, Dr. Smith explored the collisions that occur between different knowledge systems. She notes that while progress is being made, decolonization and reconciliation require more attention and action from educational leaders." (November 2018)
  • Dr. Claudius R. Soodeen
    "Integrating a global, intercultural dimension into higher education is complex and challenging for institutional leaders. Dr. Soodeen studied college executives' understandings of internationalization and found these understandings to be not fully reflected in policy or practice. He offered recommendations for achieving a more comprehensive internationalization consistent with stated values." (November 2018)
 

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July 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 August 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 December 2019
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2019

July 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 August 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 December 2020
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2020
 

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