MA (Phil) in Educational Leadership

Program Design

Are you a staff member at a Christian School Foundation (Canada) member school?

You may be eligible to receive financial support for this program of study.

Course Requirements

The courses laid out in the following table make up the MA-EL program. All courses are offered at least every other year. Fuller descriptions for current and upcoming MA-EL courses, including specifics about course format, can be found in our Course Catalogue. Descriptions for those courses which fulfill requirements for the Christian School Teachers Certificate (CSTC) can also be found here.

Course Schedule

The MA-EL program's 10 term courses are offered on a rotating schedule as outlined below. The necessary courses for both the School Administration Stream and Instructional Leadership Stream can be completed in one of the following ways:

Three + One

Take one course each term over a total of ten terms (3 years and 1 month).

Self-Paced

Take courses at your own pace when it best suits your schedule.

Note: in the list of courses that follows, Instructional Leadership Stream-specific courses are indicated with one asterisk (*) and School Administration Stream-specific courses are indicated with two asterisks (**). As course descriptions and syllabi become available, you will be able to find these details by following the links in the course titles.

Fall 2022

  • Biblical Foundations

  • The Craft of Reflective Practice

  • Transformative Teaching *

Winter 2023

  • Deeper Learning *

  • How to Coach a Strong Team **

Summer 2023

  • Finding Joy in Learning

  • Lead From Where You Are

Fall 2023

  • Biblical Foundations

  • Leadership in Context

  • Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace

  • The Craft of Reflective Practice

Winter 2024

  • Transformative Teaching *

  • How to Finance a Vision **

Summer 2024

  • Lead From Where You Are

  • Finding Joy in Learning

Fall 2024

  • Biblical Foundations

  • Leadership in Context

  • Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace

  • The Craft of Reflective Practice

Winter 2025

  • Transformative Teaching *

  • How to Govern a School **

Summer 2025

  • Finding Joy in Learning

  • Lead From Where You Are

Fall 2025

  • Biblical Foundations

  • Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace

  • The Craft of Reflective Practice

Winter 2026

  • Deeper Learning *

  • How to Coach a Strong Team **

Summer 2026

  • Leadership in Context

  • Finding Joy in Learning

  • Lead From Where You Are

Offered as needed

Guided Study on Project Question *

Celebrating Joyful Learning

Structure of the MA-EL Program

Each of the ten courses you'll take in the MA-EL program plays a role in fulfilling one of the following program requirements. Each course is generally worth one unit, except for the Project and the Praxis which are worth two units apiece.

Foundations Courses (2 units total)

Biblical Foundations: Narrative, Wisdom, and the Art of Interpretation (1 unit)

Leadership in Context: Reformational Philosophy (1 unit)

Immersive Courses (5 units total)

Finding Joy in Learning (1 unit)

Lead From Where You Are (1 unit)

The Craft of Reflective Practice (1 unit)

Cultivating Learning Communities of Grace (1 unit)

Celebrating Joyful Learning (1 unit)

Stream-Specific: Instructional Leadership (3 units total)

Deeper Learning (1 unit)

Transformative Teaching (1 unit)

Guided Study on Project Question (1 unit)

Stream-Specific: School Administration (3 units total)

How to Coach a Strong Team (1 unit)

How to Finance a Vision (1 unit)

How to Govern a School (1 unit)

Project & Praxis (4 units total)

Project (1 required Project = 2 units)

Praxis (1 required Praxis reflection = 2 units)

Course Format and Delivery

Courses offered during the fall and winter terms will be offered in an online asynchronous format with 6 scheduled Zoom sessions.

Courses offered during the spring/summer term will also be offered in an online asynchronous format with 6 scheduled Zoom sessions. Three of the Zoom sessions will take place during the months of April, May, and June. No assignments or Zoom sessions will be scheduled during the month of July. In August, students will meet again on Zoom for three more sessions. Details on the structure of these two formats can be found below:

1. Fall & Winter Courses

During these courses students will:

  • Write reflective responses to the assigned readings

  • Participate in weekly forum discussions

  • Participate in 6 online, interactive video sessions scheduled by the instructor with consideration of students’ time zones and availability

  • Complete a project that applies their understanding of the course

  • Respond to the projects of other course participants

  • Share their project with an authentic audience

2. Spring/Summer Courses

During these courses students will:

  • Write reflective responses to the assigned readings during the months of April, May, and June

  • Participate in 10 weekly forum discussions during the months of April, May, and June

  • Participate in 3 online, interactive video sessions scheduled by the instructor with consideration of students’ time zones and availability during the months of April, May, and June

  • Participate in 3 online, interactive video sessions scheduled by the instructor with consideration of students’ time zones and availability during the month of August (typically the 2nd week of August)

  • Complete a project that applies their understanding of the course

  • Respond to the projects of other course participants

  • Share their project with an authentic audience

The Project and Praxis

Another unique feature of the MA-EL program is the completion of a Project and Praxis which together serves as the equivalent of a thesis.

The Project is an opportunity for MA-EL students to contribute to the innovation of educational leadership practice—drawing on the deeper learning they are doing, as facilitated by the MA-EL, as people of God's story engaged in real work that shapes the world.

The Praxis is an opportunity for MA-EL students to engage in theoretically informed reflection on their practice as an educational leader—drawing on the deeper learning they are doing, as facilitated by the MA-EL, as people of God's story engaged in real work that forms self.

Want to take the next step?

Email the Academic Registrar Elizabet Aras or MA-EL Director Dr. Edith van der Boom with your questions.

Looking for even more flexibility?

It's possible to put individual MA-EL courses toward either a Christian School Teacher's Certificate (CSTC) or our Christian Educator Certificates (CEC).