Curriculum and Leadership


Master of Education
Mode of delivery
On Campus
Curriculum and Leadership
Program Components
Coursework + Major Project/Essay required


This is a collaborative program between the Educational Administration and Leadership Program and the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. The Program was created in response to increasing interest in the study of a combination of curricular leadership on the one hand, and organizational leadership in schools on the other. The applicants for this collaborative program will be teachers in K–12 education who wish to increase their level of understanding and skill in both areas. Upon completion of the program, the students will assume positions of formal or informal leadership in schools, making important contributions to the education of children.

All applicants must meet the admissions criteria for both specializations. Students should complete one application, tailored to meet the admissions criteria for both. Once admitted, students are assigned a pro tem faculty adviser in each department.

This collaborative program was previously known as EDAL/CUST.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements for master’s degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students with academic strength and ample evidence of leadership demonstrated in a school setting are preferred. Applicants are reviewed by both departments; both sets of admission criteria apply. If accepted, a co-adviser is appointed from each department to oversee each student; all courses are approved by both co-advisers. The designation Curriculum and Leadership (CULE) appears on students’ transcripts.

Program Requirements

The program combines requirements of the MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership and the MEd in Curriculum Studies in equal proportions. Core courses are EDCP 562 and 566 and EDST 581 and 582. Other requirements include the following, for a total of 30 credits:

  • 6 credits from the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • 6 credits from the Department of Educational Studies
  • 3 credits from research (EDUC 500, EDST 501, EDCP 512, or another course approved by the co-advisers)
  • 3 credits for a graduating paper or the equivalent (EDST 553 or EDST 590 or EDCP 590)

All course selections must be approved by the co-advisers.

For BC teachers: Teacher Qualification Service requires a capstone experience (graduating project).

Application for Admission

We are looking for students with academic strength and a track record of leadership. That means an average of at least 76% or a B+ in the 30 most recent credits, and at least 12 credits at a first class level, as well as ample evidence of leadership among adults demonstrated in a school or community setting. Applicants are required to have at least two years of teaching experience in public, independent schools or in community settings engaged in education. Registration and application procedures are accessible online. You may begin your program in July.

To get application deadlines please go to our admissions page.

With the application forms, you are asked to submit a thoughtful statement of how you fit with the program, three strong letters of reference from educators or administrators who are in a position to comment on your work, your professional resumé, two official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended, and an application fee.

While applicants must have completed a four-year degree from a recognized post-secondary institution to be admitted to UBC and have a B+ average during the last two years of full-time undergraduate study, an undergraduate degree in education is not a requirement for admission. What is required is evidence of experience in the field of education, broadly conceived.

A TOEFL is required for students whose language is not English.

Applications can be submitted online at

After submitting your application, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all supporting materials are submitted by the application deadline. The Admissions Committee will only review completed applications. You can check the status of your application and supporting materials through the online application system

For any components of the application that cannot be uploaded, they can be submitted to the department’s graduate program assistant at the following address (Please note: faxed & emailed reference letters will not be accepted):

For further information please contact:

Dr. Gerald Fallon
Educational Administration and Leadership Program, Coordinator
Faculty of Education
The University of British Columbia
6445 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 Canada

Phone: 604.822.5822

Contact Us

For more information about this program, the department and admission procedures can be found at or by contacting:

EDST Graduate Program Assistant
Tel: 604.822.6647
Fax: 604.822.4244

Faculty of Education – Department of Educational Studies
Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons
6445 University Boulevard
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z2