Our two-year Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management program is a 33-credit program delivered through a blended model which combines online learning and one on-campus learning residency. The program is designed to help educators develop a critically reflective understanding of school improvement practices, concepts, and research. This comprehensive Teacher Qualification Service approved program is aimed at administrators and teachers within K-12 educational institutions or other educational settings who want to gain skills and credentials as leaders to advance their current career or launch a new one.
This program is now textbook-free. Students can access all of the course materials through open educational resources, e-books, journal articles and other free digital resources. These types of courses are known as "Zero Textbook Cost " and aim to improve access to education and enhance student outcomes.
Across the country, schools are experiencing ongoing difficulty in recruiting qualified candidates for leadership roles. Aspiring leaders need to have access to relevant and accessible post-graduate programs to be able to meet the educational standards required by many school districts.
Our two-year MA in Educational Leadership and Management (MAELM) program is designed to help educators develop a critically reflective understanding of school improvement concepts and research. The MAELM program is designed to enable graduates to lead meaningful change that has a positive impact within the school community. It is a comprehensive Teacher Qualification Service-approved program that responds to the education sector’s need for qualified school and district leaders.
The program is specifically designed for working professionals. It is offered in a blended model comprised of online learning and one intensive two-week-long on-campus residency period in July or August. This format allows participants to substantially enhance their educational credentials while minimizing absences from their workplace.
Faculty with real-world experience deliver relevant curriculum and experiences that ensure existing and aspiring school administrators develop the knowledge skills and mindsets required to function as effective leaders within complex and challenging educational environments.
The MAELM program has two completion options to choose from Research Paper or Thesis options.
Who it’s for
The MAELM program is well-suited for administrators and educators looking to influence cultures and processes to improve the learning experiences of students while supporting teachers and staff. The program is designed for individuals working in K-12 or other educational settings who want to gain skills and credentials as leaders and managers to advance their current careers or launch new ones.
Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy. Please see Program Admission for more information.
MAELM is a two-year program comprised of one mandatory two-week on-campus residency and online learning courses. Designed for working professionals, the residency takes place during the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August. Visit the delivery model page for more details.
Graduates will be able to apply practical tools and strategies to address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to supporting student achievement and growth. Graduates will have the skills to:
Communicate and synthesize information and arguments at the graduate level
Demonstrate effective collaboration and team facilitation skills
Critically evaluate Leadership issues in the context
Navigate and analyze data and existing literature
Contribute to knowledge generated by communities of scholars and practitioners
Demonstrate self-awareness as a practitioner and the ability to reflect on their capacity for leadership
Identify, analyze and address challenges arising in schools around Social Justice
Applicants should be educational professionals with a four-year undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
Relevant work experience.
Candidates with some undergraduate education and significant relevant work experience may be eligible for Flexible Admission. All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
English Language Proficiency
If English is not your primary language, please review our English Language Requirements.
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management (MAELM) program is a two-year program comprised of one mandatory two-week on-campus residency and online learning courses. Designed for working professionals, the residency takes place during the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August.
The residency is a carefully designed period of intense academic study. The schedule of instruction and studying during the residency is structured to optimize the face-to-face access to instructors, develop networks with fellow students, and learn about the support services of the university that you will have access to for the remainder of your program. The typical daily schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some team meetings, homework, and readings may be done outside of these hours.
Online courses are delivered entirely through innovative, easy-to-use Internet technologies. Participants draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media, while engaged in a series of carefully designed online learning activities and assignments. Prior to the beginning of each course, students are provided with a list of resources including textbooks and/or online readings. Learning activities and assignments are designed to allow participants to identify the practical applications of the course content and to work with others to construct both a personal and shared meaning from their experiences.
Each 3-credit course would require a level of effort of approximately 100 hours. This varies from student to student and becomes easier as students familiarize themselves with Royal Roads University's online learning environment and learn how to work effectively with team members in a virtual setting. Students are required to engage on a regular basis with the course content and contribute academically to enhance cohort learning through blog/forum posts, discussion topics and required course activities and assignments.
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management will provide you with the expertise to work effectively in educational leadership roles with a focus on the K-12 system, including:
K-12 Public schools, Independent Schools, Private Schools
Aboriginal support teacher
Director of instruction
District support or helping teachers (e.g., literacy, special education)
District coordinator (e.g., Aboriginal education, Early learning, Arts, French immersion)
Provincial Ministry of Education level
Director, Education program delivery
Manager, instructional services
Manager, exam administration and marking
Manager, graduation and certification
Policy analyst, Educational programs
Education project directors
PYP/MYP/DP Coordinators & Administrators
Heads of Schools
Experienced IB Practitioners
ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity
LRNTLNK: The Link
EDLM501: Leadership for Learning: From Theory to Practice
EDLM505: Leading for Social Justice
EDLM510: Research for School Improvement
EDLM525: Developing Leadership Capacity through Reflective Practice
EDLM540: Building and Managing the School Communities: School Culture and Communication
EDLM550: Communication in School Leadership
EDLM560: Leading Technological Integration in Schools
EDLM570: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
EDLM580: Supervising, Coaching, and Mentoring for Professional Learning
EDLM610: Leading and Sustaining Collaborative Inquiry Processes
LRNT600: Advanced Research: Thesis Proposal
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