Masters Program Requirements

Every student must complete a minimum of 30 credit units (equivalent to 10 single-term [Fall Term: September through December;  Winter Term: January through April; Spring and Summer Term: May through June or July through August] credit-based classes).

  • The following 9 credit units and non-credit courses are prescribed as required courses: EADM 811.3, EADM 990.X, EADM 991.3, ERES 800.3 or ERES 810.3 or ERES 820.3, and GSR 960.X
    • ERES courses are not under the authority of the Department of Educational Administration and may require a pre-approval for registration by both the Associate Dean of Graduate Programming in the College of Education and the instructor teaching the section of interest.
  • Each student's program must include at least 15 credit units from among the following: EADM 812.3, EADM 813.3, EADM 816.3, EADM 819.3, EADM 820.3, EADM 821.3, EADM 824.3, EADM 825.3, EADM 826.3, EADM 829.3, EADM 834.3, EADM 835.3, EADM 836.3, EADM 892.3, EADM 894.3, EADM 895.3.
  • The remaining 6 credit units are open electives and may be chosen from the above list or from those courses offered by other departments on the approval of the Department Head.  
    • While the Department Head approves the taking of a course from outside of Educational Administration, it is the responsibility of the student to seek permission from both the instructor and the Graduate Chair in the respective Department offering the course of interest.
  • Students are here reminded of College of Graduate Studies and Research Policy 8.3.1 (2014), to which they will be accountable:
    • Master’s course-based students are required to register continually in their programs from beginning to end, in every term, including the summer sessions.  If there is no course for a master’s course-based student to take in a particular term, he or she shall be registered in Maintenance of Status.  This registration carries with it tuition fees and student fees equivalent to a three (3) credit unit course. Maintenance of Status terms are included as part of a student’s time in program.

This means that students must register in at least one course in Term 1 (September - December), Term 2 (January - April), and in Spring and Summer Term (either during May - June or during July - August) in each year in which they are registered as students in the program.  If a student does not register in at least one course in each of these three terms, the University will assess a tuition for "Maintenance of Status" equal to the value of the tuition for one 3 credit unit course.

  • International Students engaged in a course-based program are reminded that the College of Graduate Studies and Research requires they be enrolled in no less than 6 credit units of course work in any term.

Students interested in specializing in Elementary and Secondary (K-12) Administration are advised to take any of the following courses in fulfillment of the 21 credit unit electives (15 credit units plus 6 credit units noted above): EADM 812.3, EADM 813.3, EADM 816.3, EADM 819.3, EADM 820.3, EADM 821.3, EADM 824.3, EADM 825.3, EADM 826.3, EADM 829.3, EADM 834.3, EADM 835.3, EADM 836.3, EADM 892.3 (watch for sections of EADM 892 with a focus on K-12 education), EADM 894.3, EADM 895.3, as well as courses from other departments (including but not limited to Educational Foundations, Curriculum Studies, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy, Edward School of Business, Political Studies, and Economics) and from other accredited Canadian and US universities may be considered to complete a program of study in this specialization.

Students interested in specializing in University, Higher Education, and Post-Secondary Administration are advised to focus their program of study around any of the following courses in partial fulfillment of the 21 credit unit electives (15 credit units noted above): EADM 812.3, EADM 813.3, EADM 821.3, EADM 825.3, EADM 826.3, EADM 834.3, EADM 835.3, EADM 836.3, EADM 892.3 (watch for sections of EADM 892 with a focus on post-secondary education), and EADM 894.3. Additionally, potential electives (6 credit units noted above) from other departments (including but not limited to Educational Foundations, Curriculum Studies, Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy, Edward School of Business, Political Studies, and Economics) and from other accredited Canadian and US universities may be considered to complete a program of study in this specialization.

Students interested in specializing in Interprofessional Health Education and Leadership are advised to focus their program of study around any of the following courses in partial fulfillment of the 21 credit unit electives (15 credit units noted above): EADM 813.3, EADM 821.3, EADM 826.3, EADM 834.3, EADM 835.3, EADM 836.3, EADM 892.3 (watch for sections of EADM 892 with a focus on interprofessional health education), and EADM 894.3. Additionally, potential electives (6 credit units noted above) from other departments (including but not limited to Educational Foundations, Curriculum Studies, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Community Health and Epidemiology, Nursing) and from other accredited Canadian and US universities may be considered to complete a program of study in this specialization. Students interested in this area of specialization should watch for sections of ERES 820 that advertise an Action Research in Medical Education focus.

Students with an interest in—or who are conducting research around—topics involving Aboriginal issues are advised to consider registering in the following courses: EADM 819.3, ERES 810.3, and EFDT 844.3.

The Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) and the Department of Educational Administration (EADM) are pleased to announce the creation of a specialized Master's cohort focused on Indigenous educational and organizational leadership.

PhD Program Requirements

Doctoral students are required to engage studies prior to Candidacy on a full-time basis.

Students with a Master's degree in the field of educational administration must complete a minimum of 18 credit units (equivalent to 6 single-term [Fall Term: September through December;  Winter Term: January through April; Spring and Summer Term: May through June or July through August] credit-based classes) at the 800 (graduate) level. Students without this background must complete a minimum of 24 credit units (8 single-term credit-based classes) at the 800 level.

  • The following 12 credit units and non-credit courses are prescribed as required courses in the first year of study: EADM 881.3, EADM 884.3, EADM 885.3, EADM 990.X, EADM 996.X, ERES 840.3, GSR 960.X, and GSR 961.X
    • ERES courses are not under the authority of the Department of Educational Administration and may require a pre-approval for registration by both the Associate Dean of Graduate Programming in the College of Education and the instructor teaching the section of interest.
  • The remaining courses required to fulfill minimum credit units in the programme of study shall enhance the student's substantive background in the field of educational administration and support the research focus of the dissertation.
  • The second year of study, and every year thereafter in which the student is a member of the programme, shall be devoted to the writing of a dissertation

Additional Requirements

Students are advised to consider that

  • a qualifying examination may be required in advance of full acceptance into the Doctoral Programme in the Department of Educational Administration;
  • students may be required by the Advisory Committee to engage in additional course work in support of the research focus;
  • all doctoral students are required to take a Comprehensive Candidacy Examination following the completion of all course work requirements.

Areas of Specialization

The PhD Program is focused around the areas of specialization maintained by the members of faculty within the Department. Students may engage in elective coursework from other departments within the College of Education, and—where approved by the advisory committee—the University of Saskatchewan, and other universities in Canada and elsewhere. Advisory committees are selected such that expertise supports the candidate's specialized interest.

As a departmental unit, we maintain specialization in educational issues for the improvement and effectiveness of organizations, communities, and government. However, individual faculty hold personal specializations in traditional and emerging areas. The Department welcomes doctoral students who have an interest in paralleling their own research with that of a particular faculty member. Doctoral students are also afforded the opportunity, through our internal dissertation proposal development process, to develop their own personal academic interests or those of their home or sponsoring organization. Methodologically, the Department supports a wide range of orientations and dispositions, driven by the interests of the graduate students themselves. We are able to support research rigour across qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies.

Simply put, given the demands of our field of study, a broad and eclectic collection of specializations are required.

Course Offerings

Students are advised to register for EADM 990.X and GSR 960.X in the same term, and at their earliest opportunity within their program of study. Additionally, EADM 991.3 is typically the last class (or among the last classes) taken by course-based students; ERES 800 (810 or 820) is typically the second last class taken.

Because the Department's student body is predominantly comprised of professional and full-time teachers and school- and board-level administrators, the vast majority of our Master's-level courses are offered over six Saturdays (or four Friday evenings and Saturdays, combined) in Terms 1 (Fall) and 2 (Winter), and similar or intensive formats in the Spring and Summer Term.  We continue to expand the number of courses we are able to offer in blended and on-line delivery modes. Every attempt is made to ensure that the scheduling of courses permits the taking of at least two in any given term (i.e., on alternating weekends).

Please keep in mind that the University of Saskatchewan and the Department of Educational Administration have made an effort to offer a growing number of sections of our courses in an on-line or blended on-line and face-to-face format.  While we are committed to delivery in these ways, we are unable to guarantee that such delivery methods will be offered in each term.

Brains...

Can schools and universities survive the zombie apocalypse?  A new class in the Department of Educational Administration will use the zombie apocalypse as a methodology to explore critical incidents and human behaviour, systemic education reform, provocative propositions, and administrative preparedness for radical changes.  

The Zombie apocalypse has been used as a vehicle to examine social systems and institutions in a variety of academic disciplines. This course will draw on this phenomenon in popular media and culture to explore a fictitious case of systemic failure in the delivery of public education. Students will research and propose radical provocative solutions to large-scale school and university system reform.  

EADM 892.3: Educational Administration and the Zombie Apocalypse” will be offered August 1 - 19, 2016.

Course Approval, Special Permission, and Waiting Lists

Some courses require that the student apply for departmental approval or special permission in advance of registration.  Typically, though not exclusively, this includes sections of ERES 800.3, EADM 892.3, EADM 894.3, EADM 898.3 and occasionally EADM 820.3 (when offered in the Spring and Summer Term).  Graduate students in the MEd (Course-Based) program in Educational Administration require special permission to register in EADM 991.3—the purpose of this is to ensure that students register in EADM 991 as the final or next to final course in their program of study.
For ERES courses requiring approval or special permission, please inquire with Ms Stephanie Kehrig, who provides administrative assistance to the Dr Laurie Hellsten, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Education.

For all EADM courses requiring approval, special permission, or to have your name added to a waiting list for sections that are currently full, please inquire with Ms Katrina Hutchence, who provides graduate support to the department.

All emailed inquiries of this type related to EADM 894.3 should include the following information in advance of processing:

  • the student's name,
  • the student's NSID or student number,
  • the CRN for the section of interest, and
  • a URL providing information about the conference or opportunity proposed for inclusion in EADM 894.3

EADM 894.3 is a course designed to permit students to engage in topics focused around an internship experience with in-school, board office, or ministry leadership teams.  Alternatively, EADM 894.3 is designed to permit students to engage in topics focused around an existing academic or professional conference.  All conferences or opportunities that will be engaged during the term in which registration in EADM 894.3 is sought must be approved by the Department Head.

All emailed inquiries of this type related to EADM 898.3 should include the following information one month in advance of the commencement of a term:

  • the student's name;
  • the student's NSID or student number;
  • a proposed reading course syllabus that includes:
    • a course title,
    • a course description,
    • the term in which the course will be taken,
    • a course instructor (a member of the faculty or an Associate member of the Department),
    • a proposed evaluation scheme,
    • the following statement pertaining to University of Saskatchewan Policies: "This course will conform to the academic requirements and standards for graduate courses, and the rules of student appeals in academic matters will apply as outlined within pertinent sections of university policies.  Please see http://policies.usask.ca/ for details."
    • a course reading list.

All emailed inquires of this type related to other courses, including those seeking to register in EADM 991.3 and to have their name added to waiting lists for full sections, should include the following information in advance of processing:

  • the student's name,
  • the student's NSID or student number, and
  • the CRN for the section of interest.

Study Abroad

The Department of Educational Administration offers undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to travel and study schools and education systems abroad.  This year, the Department is offering a graduate course focused on Finland and Finnish education, and a combined undergraduate and graduate course examining schools and education in China.  More information is available from the respective pages below:

Student Accountability

Deadlines

Graduate studies are subject to a variety of deadlines, ranging from when assignments are due to deadlines for submission of theses or application for awards or grants. Students should be familiar with such deadlines and should abide by them. It is noted that deadlines imposed by the University or external agencies are not within Department control. The Department assumes no responsibility for the consequences of students not adhering to deadlines.

Program Completion

Results

Students are advised that completion of a Master's degree from the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan does not lead to a qualification for licensing as a teacher in an elementary or secondary school in Saskatchewan or Canada.  For information on how to become a teacher, contact the Undergraduate Programs Office of the College of Education.

取得教育系的研究生学位并不等同于取得萨斯喀彻温省或加拿大的教师资格证。

Time Limit

The time limit for completing a program of studies is five years from the date of registration in the first course credited to the program.

Once complete, you will not be charged tuition by the University of Saskatchewan for any term between your degree requirement completion and the Convocation in which you graduate. On the request of any student, the Department of Educational Administration will provide any school division with proof of that student's degree completion in the form of a letter explaining the time period between degree requirement completion and the next possible Convocation.

Inquiries

Cautionary Note: This synopsis attempts to summarize as briefly and as accurately as possible some of the policies and regulations that govern graduate studies in the Department of Educational Administration. For more complete, detailed, and authoritative information, students should refer to the Graduate Student Handbook and the Course Catalogue of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and consult with both the College of Graduate Studies and the Department of Educational Administration.

All inquiries for further information or program details must be made—in writing—to the Graduate Chair or Graduate Programs Administration:

Dr Paul Newton
Graduate Chair
Department of Educational Administration
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1
Canada

Ms Katrina Hutchence
Graduate Programs Administration
Department of Educational Administration
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1
Canada