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Are you ready to take your career in education to a new level? The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program from Vancouver Island University is designed for practicing and aspiring professionals in the education field who are focused on bringing educational and instructional leadership into their schools. 

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The Educational Leadership graduate program from Vancouver Island University is enriched with school administration, educational psychology and educational research teachings that provide students the foundational building blocks to become innovative leaders in the school system. 

This program prepares students with the practical, ethical, and social tools to solve problems, manage conflict and encourage growth. Graduates of the program find employment in leadership positions in the education sector, both domestically and abroad.

Full-Time Option 

This cohort-based model is designed for students wishing to study full-time on the VIU campus. All formal coursework is completed over two semesters. The Field Inquiry and Major Project components are completed during the second year over two semesters. Students may complete these components with online support and can complete up to one semester early.

Weekends/Summer Option

This part-time, cohort-based model is designed for those who can commute to VIU Campus (Nanaimo or Cowichan). Classes meet Friday night and Saturday six times during each of the Fall and Spring semesters over two years. As well, classes are held during July between first and second year.

Distance Option

This part-time, cohort-based model is designed for those who live at a distance from VIU. Preference is given to applicants who live beyond the mid-island region. During the school year, coursework is online. Year One begins with students meeting for eight days at a VIU campus. Between years One and Two, the cohort studies at VIU for the month of July.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Leadership Values and Ethics
  • Leadership in the BC Context
  • Research in Education
  • Educational Change 
  • Leading Learning
  • Leadership Values and Ethical Decision-Making

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IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


40 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • a cumulative grade point average of “B” in the final two years and/or 
  • demonstration of academic excellence
  • Submission of all official transcripts for post-secondary studies.
  • Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Graduate Programs.
Acceptance and satisfactory review of the following items by the Admissions Committee:
  • A résumé outlining teaching experience (two years preferred).
  • A letter of intent explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue graduate work in this area. 
  • Two current, confidential assessment reports.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26316 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 26316 CAD per year
  • National

    17419 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17419 CAD per year


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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