Western Education launches new master of professional education in international school leadership

By: Cory Habermehl
Friday, October 14, 2016

The Master of Professional Education will prepare active and aspiring leaders to better lead international schools and improve student achievement.

The Faculty of Education is aiming to help improve the quality of school leadership and boost student achievement on a global level.

In conjunction with the Ontario Principals’ Council, the Faculty has created and launched a Master of Professional Education in the field of International School Leadership.

Designed to meet the unique needs of active and aspiring school leaders around the world, the degree provides a mix of real-world knowledge with researched-based best practices and theory.

“We recognize the desire from current and future international school leaders to hone their skills through a combination of theory and practice,” said Vicki Schwean, Dean of the Faculty of Education. “This degree will enable students to learn from both dedicated practitioners who have built their careers in the field, and from researchers and professors who have spent their lives conducting scholarly work and bringing thoughtful approaches to education.”

Vicki Schwean, Dean of the Faculty of Education

Vicki Schwean, Dean of the Faculty of Education, partnered with Ontario Principal’s council to develop the innovative MPEd in International School Leadership

The degree has been developed, and will be taught jointly, with International School Leadership Inc., a subsidiary of the Ontario Principals’ Council that focuses on delivering learning opportunities to international school leaders.

Delivered fully online, the program is accessible to a global audience, and built to have a significant impact on helping meet the growing demand for leadership in international schools.

“This is a truly unique program that focuses not just on leading a school, but on leading a school in a manner that will improve student achievement,” said Joanne Robinson, CEO of International School Leadership Inc. “International and private schools are eager to see their organizations in the hands of skilled leaders, and the quality of this degree enables it to stand on its own as a qualification for that level of responsibility.”

Though the degree is international in scope, Schwean and Robinson hope to see educational leaders in Ontario and across Canada pursue it in order that the knowledge and skills if offers can help those enrolled improve the quality of leadership in schools in this country as well.

The new program continues Western Education’s tradition of being on the leading edge of education in Canada and around the world.

Western Education’s MPEd in the field of International School Leadership is slated to begin in September 2017, and is currently accepting applications.