MPEd | Field of Educational Leadership
The Master of Professional Education Program in the field of Educational Leadership builds on a strong base of research, theory, and practice to develop expertise and appropriate confidence in recognizing, addressing and ameliorating problems of professional practice. The program nurtures the ability to become contributing members of professional and academic communities as informed, yet critical, scholar practitioners. In addition to participating in graduate seminars addressing pertinent theory and research, candidates critically analyze problems drawn from their practice contexts.The program culminates with a capstone project addressing a topical problem of practice through collaborative research.
The program is delivered through a variety of instructional media. The MPED degree can also be earned through customized programs developed and delivered with partner organizations such as school boards, post-secondary organizations, hospitals or other constituent organizations.NOTE: Students may achieve advanced credit (a total of 2 half-courses) for completion of the Ontario Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP, Parts I and II) or Ontario Supervisory Officer Qualification Program (SOQP) or an equivalent qualification from another jurisdiction. Course fees are still required from students, even with the course release, as continuous enrollment is required in this program. Partial credits do not qualify for advanced standing. PLEASE INDICATE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE COURSE RELEASE FOR PQP CREDITS UPON FIRST ENTRY INTO THE PROGRAM.
Important NoteThe successful completion of a Master of Professional degree does not lead to certification with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
Our Master of Professional Education program assists practicing professionals to become stewards of their profession, guided by vision informed through key knowledge, refined through critical analysis, animated by self-confidence, and committed to enhancing student learning and engaging meaningfully with the varied dynamics of local communities, willing and eager to experiment with promising practices. Our graduates will be assisted to:
- Frame complex problems of practice to foster insights conducive to meaningful analysis and amelioration;
- Construct and apply knowledge to make positive differences in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities;
- Develop and demonstrate skills and values appropriate for working professionally with diverse communities and building respectful partnerships;
- Acquire a professional knowledge base grounded in practical understandings informed by pertinent theory and research and refreshed through ongoing inquiry;
- Emphasize the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge, practice and ethics;
- Provide service to the professional, scholarly, and university communities through the dissemination, interpretation and application of research;
- Identify and act ethically, demonstrating professionalism and integrity.
The MPEd is designated as a full-time program. Full-time status requires that students complete four half-courses in one year. MPEd students will complete one course per semester (fall, winter, intersession, summer) for two years. See the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for details.
This program of study is a course-based cohort model. Approximately 20 students will be admitted to each cohort. This cohort structure will provide ongoing support within the course work, enabling students to develop a professional community of practice. To ensure the integrity of the cohort model, continuous enrollment is required, and will necessitate that students complete all the required courses within the timeframe stipulated.
Year 1 Fall
ED 9430A Leading Schools
Review of major relevant leadership theories and their application to leadership in schools and other human-service organizations. Specific attention will be paid to problems and challenges confronted by leaders, particularly administrators, in varying contexts and cultures.
Year 1 Winter
ED 9431B Approaches to Research
Integrative overview of the philosophy of inquiry and ways of understanding problems and challenges faced by leaders with particular attention to methods and methodologies commonly employed in the social sciences.
Year 1 Summer - Intersession
ED 9432L Resource Development and Management for Effective Education
Critical and comparative review of key theories of formal organizations and their implications for schools and school systems with attention to problems and challenges of culture in schools and other human services organizations. *
Year 1 Summer - Summer Session
ED 9433L Advanced Topics in Policy Study
Review of policy development and implementation and their relationship to legislative processes and shared features of educational law in modern states. Students will analyze specific cases of interest. *
Year 2 Fall
ED 9434A Organizing for Instruction
Understanding and management of financial resources and related issues in public education; students will critically examine development of human and other resources in schools and school systems with specific attention to evidence-based decision making.
Year 2 Winter
ED 9435B Research and Evaluation in Schools
Review of approaches to and understandings of research and/or evaluation methods and approaches appropriate to investigating problems and challenges related to school organization and leadership. This course will include a focus on the location and use of appropriate data sources.
Year 2 Summer - Intersession
Year 2 Summer - Summer Session
ED 9436L Finding, Framing, and Solving Problems in Professional Practice (2 semesters)
A culminating course in which candidates work together on framing, analyzing, and responding to problems and challenges they encounter in their leadership practice.
*PQP Course release. Continuous enrollment is still required.
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- A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
- Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.
- A qualification leading to certification as a teacher (e.g. B.Ed.).
- Minimum one year full-time teaching experience, or experience within the field of education.
Notes and Exceptions:
- Bachelor of Education and Additional Qualification course grades are not used in calculating admission averages.
- Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis if seats are available in programs. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.
- Probationary Status: If an applicant does not meet all of the minimum admission requirements (e.g. average below 70% and/or has only a 3-year degree plus B.Ed.) the applicant may be offered admission as a Probationary Student with Conditions.
- Conditions: Applicants will be required to maintain a 75% average in each of these courses to clear conditions.
- The successful completion of an MPEd degree does not lead to certification with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
**For students applying to Educational Leadership field: Students who have not received advanced credit at the MPEd level may achieve advanced credit (a total of 2 half-courses) for completion of the Master Dimension PQPs completed through the Ontario Principal's Council or Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario program. Course release will be considered for the following courses: "Resource Development and Management for Effective Education" (Year 1 Intersession) and "Advanced Topics in Policy Study" (Year 1 Summer).
To use PQP credit for course releases, students must have completed their Master Dimension PQP qualifications through the Ontario Principal's Council or Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario and must have done so prior to admittance into the professional program. Qualifications completed during the MPEd program will not count for course release.
Tuition amounts are set each year by Senate and then published on the Office of the Registrar's Fees Schedules web page. Fees are assessed once each term (Fall, Winter, Summer).
Current students can access fee information by logging into the Student Centre (use your Western email log in and password). Students are notified each term once fee amounts have been posted in the Student Centre; it is each student's responsibility to log into the Student Centre and pay fees by the due date indicated. Failure to do so may result in a late payment fee or deregistration.
For questions about fees, including how to pay fees and the methods of payment that are accepted, students should go to the Student Financial Services pages of the Office of the Registrar's web site or contact Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) at 519-661-2100.
The Faculty of Education recognizes the financial commitment required to pursue professional graduate studies.
As the majority of our programs are fully online, we offer students flexible learning that allows them to fund their education by remaining in their current employment. Some employers offer subsidization or time release opportunities for the professional learning of their employees. As a result, internal funding is not available for these programs.
There are some internal university awards for which professional programs students may be eligible. Download this PDF file for a list of internal awards.
There are also many external funding opportunities for competitive candidates in our professional programs. Download this PDF file for an additional list of over 30 external awards (see more information below). Also, visit online sites that contain numerous award opportunities.
Please note that students must apply for these awards individually. Read the qualifications carefully, and contact the award provider for more criteria and award information. Some application support is available from the Research Office for research-based awards only.
Many private financial institutions offer financing options (with particular rates and payment plans) to full-time students. Please contact a representative of your preferred financial institution for more information.
Provincial governments offer a variety of loan programs to help students finance their studies. Ontario residents may be eligible to apply for OSAP.
The Government of Canada's CanLearn website provides a listing of contact information for the offices of all government student financial assistance programs. Please visit CanLearn to find your province or territory listing. The Government of Canada implemented the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) to encourage higher education and training. The LLP allows you to withdraw up to $10,000 a year from your registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance training or education for you or your spouse or common-law partner. For further information on this plan, visit the government's website at www.ccra.gc.ca.
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: https://owl.uwo.ca/portal.
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)
- 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