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Master of Education — Educational Leadership and Mentorship

Join the Master of Education July 2025 cohort

Applications for 2025 will open October 2024. Send us an email for detailed information on this cohort.

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Master's degree

2 years

Part time

How to apply

Start date:
July 2025

Abbotsford campus

$17,122 (tuition only)  (Details)


  • Personalized program
  • Inquiry-focused


Watch the Masters of Education information video to learn more about the program


Offered once every two years, UFV's Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Mentorship is designed for certified K-12 educators who are interested in pursuing leadership and mentorship roles.

Taught by faculty with scholarship and practical expertise in leading and mentoring, this six-course, 30-credit cohort program spans two years.

Courses are delivered through small group seminars, full cohort classes, blended learning activities, independent study, and fieldwork (site-based research based on an area of inquiry related to leadership and mentorship).

In the first year, you are introduced to the theory and practice of leadership and mentorship. You draw upon your personal and professional experiences as well as prepared cases of leadership and mentorship practices from literature and the field. You also delve deeper into the forms of communication and interactions that serve to foster professional communities and learn to cultivate and articulate your identity as a leader and a mentor.

Halfway through the program, you begin to formulate questions for further research, based upon your unique school and district context. You explore and learn to apply quantitative, mixed, and qualitative research methods through the development of a field-based research study driven by your own interests and needs.

The program culminates in a capstone project consisting of a major paper and presentation in the final term.

The UFV Master of Education in Education Leadership and Mentorship qualifies you for a Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) upgrade and prepares you for doctoral-level studies.

Thesis option

You have the option to complete a thesis instead of the typical capstone project. This option is only available if you demonstrate strong scholarly research and writing abilities through your previous coursework in the Master of Education. If you are interested, you must declare your intent in writing to the chair of the Master of Education and the dean of the Faculty of Education, Community, and Human Development. Once a decision is made, a plan is developed with the chair and supervisor to support the development of your thesis. 

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar


With population growth, rising student enrolment, and an aging workforce, employment prospects within the education sector are expected to escalate for qualified teachers ready to assume leadership roles. WorkBC reports that there will be 2,390 openings for teachers who have an advanced degree such as a MA or MEd. Nationally, the Department of Employment and Social Developend Canada projects 15,300 openings from 2015 to 2025.

The UFV Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Mentorship is designed for career advancement into formal and informal leadership positions. As a Master of Education graduate you can assume leadership roles such as: 

  • school or district administrator (principal, vice-principal, director, district principal);
  • teacher leader in a specialized position (co-ordinator, helping teacher, department head);
  • teacher in a distributed leadership role (grade group leader, mentor for pre-service teachers or new career colleagues, department head)
  • teacher seconded for regional and provincial curriculum and assessment projects (ministerial task forces, BCTF curriculum and research initiatives, provincial curriculum committees).

In addition, you are eligible for a category upgrade and subsequent pay increase as per the Teacher Qualification Service guidelines.


All applicants

View entrance requirements for the Master of Education in the UFV Academic Calendar.


Please note that admission to the UFV Master of Education is based on competitive entry. Meeting the minimum requirements may not guarantee admission.


Joanne Robertson
Email: joanne.robertson@ufv.ca

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