M.Ed. in Educational Policy Studies - Leadership TVDSB Partnership

This information is only applicable for students who started the program prior to Fall 2013. This program is no longer offered.

The Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario in partnership with the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) has developed a graduate program of studies that focuses on examining school and system leadership. This cohort program enables students to examine current issues in Ontario  schools and within the TVDSB context. This program is offered in partnership with the TVDSB and is open only to employees of the TVDSB.

Faculty Research

Faculty conducting research in the areas of Leadership:

Coulter, Ph.D.

Rebecca Coulter, Ph.D.

Professor
FEB 1161C
519.661.2111 x 88603
coulter@uwo.ca
Biography
Bishop

Pam Bishop

Associate Professor
FEB 1131
519.661.2111 x 88879
pbishop@uwo.ca
Biography
Pollock

Katina Pollock

Assistant Professor
FEB 1025
519.661.2111 x82855
kpolloc7@uwo.ca
Biography

  • Derek Allison
  • Jerry Paquette

Degree Requirements

Academic Route (Thesis Option)

This option is recommended for students with an interest in research or anticipating graduate work at the doctoral level.

  • 5 Required Courses
    • ED 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education
    • ED 9501 Theories of Educational Administration
    • ED 9507 TVDSB Oriented Seminar in School Leadership
    • 1 of:
      • ED 9503 Education Finance for School Leaders
      • ED 9508 Educators and the Law
    • ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
  • 2 Milestones
    • ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP)
    • ED 9590 Master's Thesis.

Professional Route (Course-based Option)

  • 6 Required Courses
    • ED 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education
    • ED 9501 Theories of Educational Administration
    • ED 9503 Education Finance for School Leaders
    • ED 9507 TVDSB Oriented Seminar in School Leadership
    • ED 9508 Educators and the Law
    • ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
  • 1 Elective Course
  • ED 9691 Master's Seminar

Thesis

Prospective students are not required to secure a Thesis Supervisor at the time of application; however, those wishing to ensure there are faculty members on staff who research in their area of interest are invited to review the Faculty Research page. At the time of admission, students are assigned an Academic Advisor who will guide them through course and program planning.

Below is a summary of the Thesis process. Students must consult the MEd Thesis Guide, Program Policies web page, and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' Thesis Regulation Guide for complete thesis guidelines and regulations.

Proposal:

Once a student in the academic route completes their required and elective courses they will register in ED 9683 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP). By the end of the semester in which a student completes the last required course, a student must secure a Thesis Supervisor, decide on a topic for their thesis, and submit the Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP) - Supervisor Approval Form (found on the Forms & Guidelines page). A student may approach any Faculty of Education faculty member to act as Thesis Supervisor.

The IPP provides a structure for the writing of a thesis proposal. An initial review of relevant research provides the background for the proposed study. The methodological framework and the method to be employed are studied and developed. Ethical considerations are investigated and, where appropriate, an ethical review document prepared. The IPP is not a course but a milestone and compulsory element for those writing a Thesis.

The IPP should be completed in one term. The IPP is completed when the proposal and ethical review (where required) have been submitted for approval.

The Thesis Supervisor after consulting with the faculty members concerned, will formally appoint a Thesis Supervisory Committee. The Committee will consist of a the Thesis Supervisor and at least one additional faculty member who will act as a Thesis Advisory Committee Member. The Thesis Supervisor must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with Ph.D. supervisory status, as approved by the Credentials Committee of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

When the Thesis Supervisory Committee is satisfied with a student's written proposal, the student may submit the proposal for approval.

  1. If the proposal requires Ethical approval, the student submits the proposal, 4 copies of the Ethical Review form and Approval of M.Ed. Thesis - Form A (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Research Office. Once the Ethical Review has been approved the Research Office forwards the proposal to the Graduate Programs Office for approval by the Associate Dean.
  2. If the proposal does not require Ethical approval, the student submits the proposal and Approval of M.Ed. Thesis - Form A (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Graduate Programs Office for approval.

Thesis:

Only after all approvals have been obtained the student must register in ED 9590 Master's Thesis and may proceed with the research and the preparation of the thesis under the guidance and review of the Thesis Supervisory Committee. Please note that ED 9590 is not a course but a milestone.

When the thesis has been completed and approved by the Thesis Supervisory Committee. The student will submit the Application for Thesis Examination - Form B (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Graduate Programs Office. The necessary arrangements will be made by the Graduate Programs Office for the examination of the thesis in accordance with the appropriate University regulations.

Part-time Studies

The TVDSB Leadership program is offered only on a part-time basis. M.Ed. Educational Studies on-site courses are offered in the evenings to accomodate in-service teachers with the exception of the ED 9507y course.

The ED 9507y TVDSB Oriented Seminar in School Leadership course is offered over 12 friday afternoons, spanning the Fall and Winter terms. Students receive release time from TVDSB to attend these class.

The program will take 6-8 terms to complete, depending on the study route. A typical part-time course load for those working full time is one course per term. Where opportunity allows, part-time students may seek permission to take two courses per term maximum.

Online Study

Students registered in onsite programs may request to register for an online elective course if space permits after online students have registered.

Sakai OWL:

Online and onsite courses are available via the Sakai OWL platform, although instructors of onsite courses use this tool to varying degrees as well. Access to a course in Sakai OWL is typically opened the first business day of each term. Please note that although your own access may be granted prior to the first business day, course content may not be posted until closer to the scheduled term start. Your Western University login and password is required to access the course (your Western email without the @uwo.ca and its accompanying password). Access to Sakai OWL is found here: http://owltoo.uwo.ca.

For online courses, students are required to have access to the following:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Access to a computer that enables connection to outside websites (flexible firewall restrictions)
  • Multimedia playback capabilities (video/audio)
  • WebCam
  • Computer capable of running a recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  • Audio headset and microphone for computer

Typical Program of Study

Term Academic (Thesis) Professional (Course-based)
Year 1-Fall ED 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education 

ED 9507 TVDSB Oriented Seminar in School Leadership
ED 9500 Power, Politics & Policy in Education 

ED 9507 TVDSB Oriented Seminar in School Leadership
Year 1-Winter ED 9501 Theories of Educational Administration ED 9501 Theories of Educational Administration
Year 1 -Summer 1 of:
ED 950 Education Finance for School Leaders
or
ED 9508 Educators and the Law
ED 9503 Education Finance for School Leaders 

1 Elective Course
Year 2 - Fall ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research

ED 9683 Individual Proposal Preparation
ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research
Year 2 -Winter ED 9683 Individual Proposal Preparation (continued from Fall term)

ED 9590 Master's Thesis
ED 9508 Educators and the Law
Year 2-Summer ED 9590 Master's Thesis ED 9691 Master's Seminar

Fall Term/Winter Term:

  • Onsite courses meet one evening (6:30 pm - 9:30 pm) per week for 12 weeks
  • Online courses run for 12 weeks

Summer Term

  • Intersession (onsite): Two evenings per week for 6 weeks beginning in May
  • Summer Session (onsite): 3 mornings or afternoons per week for 4 weeks in July
  • Summer Online: courses run for 12 weeks on-line beginning in May

Program Planning

Every year in June or July, students are provided access to enter course and program choices for the following year (fall, winter and summer terms). Program Planning is a mandatory process done annually for planning purposes; students do not register for courses one term at a time. Program Planning instructions and related documents can be found on the Program Planning web page. Students will receive notification via email when Program Planning begins. Please consult with your Academic Advisor (or Thesis Supervisor if your course work is complete) in regards to your course and program choices.