Master of Professional Education

Western University LogoMaster of Professional Education – International School Leadership
University of Western Ontario

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Quick Facts:

  • Partnership as of June 2016
  • 100% online 8 course Master’s degree
  • Developed and delivered in collaboration with OPC/ISL
  • Cohort registration – first cohort commences September 2017 – registration opens October 2016
  • Courses include:


Leadership and Schools for the 21st Century Review major relevant leadership theories and their application to leadership. Examine the attributes of  effective school leaders for 21st century teaching and learning using international leadership framework.  Identity the characteristics of effective schools using a variety of school effectiveness frameworks. Probe problems and challenges confronted by leaders in varying contexts and cultures. (.50 credit)
Conducting Site-Based Research in Intercultural Settings Explore a number of methods for conducting field-based research in intercultural contexts, such as: program evaluation, action research, critical reflective practice and cross-cultural techniques and modes of inquiry. (.50 credit)


Strategic Processes for School Improvement Planning Examine how school leaders aim to achieve school improvement through a focus on the development of effective and practical school plans. Explore the role of evidence-based decision making, the use of data-driven strategies, the application of monitoring strategies and the concept of implementation fidelity. (.50 credit)


Organizational Capacity Building Examine the role of emotional and cultural intelligence in creating the foundations for group and individual professional learning.  Investigate the dynamics of various social structures that promote and facilitate professional learning. Explore strategies to improve relational trust, professional capital, and collective efficacy. Probe effective classroom practices: learning styles, universal design, inquiry-based learning and, assessment and instructional strategies. (.50 credit)
Intercultural Learning Capacity Building Examine a number of models of intercultural learning from psychological, sociological and philosophical traditions. Investigate frameworks of ‘intercultural competence,’ ‘transformative learning,’ and ‘difficult knowledge’ and how they could be employed in conceptualizing one’s own research. (.50 credit)


Individual Capacity Building Investigate personal factors and thought processes that impact leadership effectiveness. Consider the role of reflection, self-assessment, and performance appraisal in improvement efforts. Examine the notion of ‘ethical fitness’ by probing ethical leadership dilemmas.  Explore coaching and mentoring as strategies for improvement at the individual level. (.50 credit)


Capstone A culminating course in which candidates work together on framing, analyzing, and responding to problems and challenges they encounter in their leadership practice.

(1.0 credit)


  • Tuition by Degree – no reduction for prior-learning credit release
  • Prior-learning Credit
  • Two courses with the completion of ISL Certificate Level 1 (Modules 1-6) with the Master’s Dimension (Module 13)
  • One course with the completion of ISL Certificate 1 (Modules 1-6)


Further information: Contact Melanie Molnar at

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