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
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Educational Leadership and Policy
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required

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

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].

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.

  • Walter, Pierre (environmental education, literacy, comparative education, gender and development, Southeast Asian studies., Adult education, International and Comparative Education, Sustainability)
  • Wang, Fei (Education and Training Management, Leadership, Social Contract and Social Justice, Ideology and Social Policy, Educational administration and leadership, social justice and diversity, comparative policy studies, the role of the school principals)
  • Webb, P. Taylor (Thought Schools (education), Education policy and social theory, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Neoliberalism, Governmentality, Micropolitics , Biopolitics, Subjectivity)
  • Wright, Handel (Transcultural Studies, Educational Approaches, (post)multiculturalism and multicultural education, cultural studies, youth studies, Critical Race Theory, identity, citizenship and belonging, Africana studies, postcolonialism and decolonization)

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • 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)
  • Dr. Balsam Alrasheed
    "In Saudi Arabia, the country's Early Childhood Education (or ECE) workforce is composed almost exclusively of women. However, Dr. Alrasheed noticed that female voices were often missing from macro-level studies. In her doctoral work, Dr. Alrasheed interviewed six women in Saudi Arabian ECE to identify commonalities in their lives and journeys." (May 2018)
 
 

July 2020 Intake

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

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