Graduate Programs at Western University - Faculty of Education
Western University - Faculty of Education

Western University - Faculty of Education

Western University Canada
Western University’s vision is to be the destination of choice for the world’s brightest minds seeking the best learning experience at a leading Canadian research university.

Ranked among the top one per cent of higher education institutions worldwide, Western is home to 12 faculties, three Affiliated University Colleges and more than 36,000 students enrolled in 400 specializations, majors and minors.

With a rich history of scientific discovery and artistic creativity, Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community, and delivers an academic experience second to none.
Faculty of Education
Western’s Faculty of Education has been at the leading edge of education in Canada since 1964 and offers educational opportunities at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. Believing today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders, the faculty strives to strengthen the field of education to help ensure every child has the opportunity to flourish. Western’s Faculty of Education collaborates with more than 500 partners in 23 countries, and attracts top faculty members from around the world.

The faculty has conducted numerous provincial, national and international studies that were the first or largest of their kind. With more than 37,000 alumni residing in Canada and in 35 countries around the world, Faculty of Education graduates have gone on to have influential careers and become leaders on a global scale.
Graduate Programs
With Western Education’s professional master’s and doctoral degrees, you don’t have to pause your career to move it forward. Our professional degrees let you:
  • learn online;
  • learn on your own time;
  • maintain your employment.

Master of Professional Education

The Master of Professional Education is an online degree* designed for working professionals wishing to advance in their chosen field. Candidates will develop critical thinking and decision-making skills and learn to integrate research into to solve authentic problems of practice.

Both the EdD and MPEd programs are considered full-time, but are structured in a manner that enables students to continue working in their careers.

*For the MPEd in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) the program is held onsite in London, Ontario Canada and takes place over the course of one year, rather than two.

Doctor of Education

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership is a doctoral degree that teaches seasoned educators and professionals specific, research-informed leadership practices, and prepares them to appropriately apply their learning to their own workplace and leadership roles.The EdD is suited for those whose primary career goal is advancing leadership effectiveness within K-12, higher education, or other organizations in which learning takes place.

The primary goal of the EdD program is to prepare graduates to act as scholarly and influential leaders who will have an effective impact on, and promote sustainable change in, their workplaces. All course work is completed online, though students are expected to defend their final project onsite during the last term of the program’s final year.
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EdD - Field of Educational Leadership
Sharpen the ability to address and assess complex problems of practice using a variety of theoretical and experiential lenses while learning in a supportive, tight-knit network of ambitious professionals that start and finish the degree together.
Duration: 3 years online
Deadline: Ongoing
MPEd - Field of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Students will critically explore and develop specialized knowledge, and have the opportunity to apply that knowledge in curricular practice relative to a range of curricular and pedagogical issues.
Duration: 2 years online
Deadline: Ongoing
MPEd - Field of Educational Leadership
Students build on a strong base of research, theory and practice to develop expertise and appropriate confidence in recognizing, addressing and improving problems of professional practice.
Duration: 2 years online
Deadline: Ongoing
MPEd - Field of Equity, Diversity and Social Justice
This program provides an overview of major equity and social justice issues that students may encounter in their everyday practice, including race, Aboriginality, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, social class and poverty.
Duration: 2 years online
Deadline: Ongoing
MPEd - Field of International School Leadership
Offered in collaboration with International School Leadership Ltd., a subsidiary of the Ontario Principals’ Council, this degree is designed to meet the unique needs of active and aspiring international school leaders by providing a program that combines real-world knowledge with research-based frameworks.
Duration: 2 years online / 1 year onsite
Deadline: Ongoing
MPEd - Field of Literacy Education
Explore contemporary literacy concepts across the lifespan – from early childhood to elder-status – and focus on building the tools to create innovative literacy curriculum and pedagogies that can engage learners in meaningful literacy practices.
Duration: 2 years online
Deadline: Ongoing
MPEd - Field of Mathematics Education
Courses link research and practice by using a practitioner-scholar approach, and assignments offer students the opportunity to apply knowledge and investigate authentic problems of practice related to mathematics education.
Duration: 2 years online
Deadline: Ongoing
MPEd - Field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Acquire innovative skills and language pedagogy, and enhance English proficiency to develop the required competencies for becoming an effective English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) teacher.
Duration: 1 year onsite
Deadline: Ongoing
MPEd - Field of Teaching Students with Exceptionalities
Study real-world problems of practice through multiple lenses and gain an appreciation of how theory and research can inform practice to increase an individual’s acceptance, inclusion, equity and learning outcomes.
Duration: 2 years online
Deadline: Ongoing


Lisa Ramshaw – EdD ’18 – Field of Educational Leadership

As a senior manager of a global education company, Lisa Ramshaw works to develop partnerships with universities and educational institutes around the world. Her role is to help these organizations acquire training and higher education opportunities for their staff and leaders. The job is filled with frequent travel. Though she lives in Dubai, in any given month Lisa can be found working with partners everywhere from Singapore and Africa to locations across Europe, the U.S. and Canada. It’s a busy schedule, one that made pursuing her own higher educational opportunities a challenge. After careful consideration, Lisa chose to enroll in the Faculty of Education’s EdD.

“I had a desire to earn that next level of qualification, and on an international scale the EdD comes with a certain degree of academic credibility that really goes far. I like the degree because it’s broken into smaller pieces with respect to classes and assignments, so it’s possible to do in relationship to my full-time position. I can also work to make it directly related to what I do through problems of practice. The online design makes it manageable and you can see the different methodologiesand approaches the instructors bring to the courses. I can’t wait to continue.”

Lisa Ramshaw – EdD ’18 – Field of Educational Leadership
Juanita Muise – MPED ’17 – Field of Educational leadership, focused in Aboriginal Education

As a teacher in a First Nations school, Juanita Muise wanted to learn more about the ways in which schools could integrate Indigenous perspectives into their curriculum and teachings. She felt more could be done to emphasize Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) heritage, not only in First Nations schools but in all schools across the country.

When she found Western’s MPEd focused in Aboriginal Education, she knew it was the right environment in which to conduct her research. She’s currently investigating how a select number of principals have successfully integrated an Indigenous perspective into their schools, and how this approach could be incorporated on a broad level.

“To reform a school system, it takes someone competent enough who knows enough about FNMI perspectives, for example, to be able to make that change. This program is great because it really focuses on the leadership side of things. I would encourage all educational leaders, regardless of nationality, to explore this program. They will learn agreat deal, and will be able to step up and become the leader and ally that we need in order to advance our education system in Canada.”

Juanita Muise – MPED ’17 – Field of Educational leadership, focused in Aboriginal Education
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