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Master of Arts in Philosophy - Educational Leadership Program (MA-EL)
The MA (Phil) in Educational Leadership (MA-EL) is a bespoke graduate program for the Ontario Christian school movement. This program is a joint venture between the Christian Teacher Academy (CTA) and the Institute for Christian Studies. Combining ICS's rich history in Reformational scholarship with the Academy's core commitment to a project-based learning model makes this program for educational leaders truly unique. Overall, this program is committed to being:
  • Biblically informed and focused on the love embodied by Christ 
  • Deeply contextualized and relevant for educators
  • Aligned with your own professional passion
  • Rooted in wisdom and a sound methodology

Program Design

This program is a typical 42-credit hour course of study offered part-time and building on your current work as an educational leader. Courses are delivered by distance and hybrid modes as well as through individualized coaching. 
Two specializations are possible in this hybrid (online and in-person) program:
  1. An organizational specialization for current and prospective principals
  2. An instructional leadership specialization for teachers
As of August 2019, this is being offered as a 3.3-year (10-term) program. Program layout can be found on the Program Design page.

Program Details and Application

The cost of the full program is $21,000. This program is open to current teachers in Ontario Christian schools who have a four-year baccalaureate degree. To apply, complete the application form, write a 500-750 word purpose statement, provide official transcripts, and provide four professional letters of reference. Your statement of purpose should explain how you see the MA-EL fitting in with your own educational/professional goals. The transcripts should be sent directly to ICS from the issuing school.

If you meet these requirements, please submit an application, or contact the Academic Registrar Elizabet Aras for more details about the program.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, ICS has extended the standard application deadline to August 15, 2020, 12pm EST for those wishing to begin the MA-EL program in Fall 2020. No late application fees will be charged for applications received in this time frame.