Shape the next wave of education

Shape the next wave of education

As education evolves to meet the challenges of a changing world, the need for leaders who can mentor, support, and innovate has never been greater.

51’s two-year, part-time Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Mentorship is designed for certified K-12 educators who want to assume a leadership role in their schools or districts. Developed locally and drawing from strong partnerships throughout the Fraser Valley, this master’s degree — the only one of its kind in Canada — is crafted to respond to current trends, reforms, and innovations in K-12 education.

As part of the six-course program, you explore the theory and practice of leadership and mentorship, gain a deep understanding of distributed leadership, engage in reflective mentoring practices, and develop a formal research proposal in your own area of interest.

As you learn with a small group of like-minded professionals, you have the opportunity to build on personal and professional experiences, develop strong connections, and draw on the support of committed faculty who have firsthand experience teaching in public schools.

When you graduate, you are equipped to lead change and mentor colleagues through educational initiatives that can be implemented at the classroom, school, and district level.

This program qualifies for Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) upgrade and is also designed to prepare you for doctoral level studies.

Career Outlook

With population growth, rising student enrolment, and an aging workforce in leadership roles, employment prospects within the education sector are expected to rise. According to WorkBC, 2,390 openings are expected from 2015 to 2025 for teachers who have an advanced degree such as an MEd.

New teachers and administrators will need ongoing support and mentorship from experienced colleagues in order to meet the demands of changing classrooms.

As a graduate of the 51 Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Mentorship, you qualify for career advancement in positions such as school and district administrator, teacher leader in specialized positions, informal teacher leader, education policy researcher, consultant, or program officer.

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