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Online Graduate Certificates in Educational Leadership

globe and mortarboard For the first time, online worldwide access to the McGill Graduate Certificates in Educational Leadership!

McGill Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership Programs I & II
Courses available for distant students online and in real time (synchronous)


The Department of Integrated Studies in Education in the Faculty of Education at McGill University, under the auspices of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, now offers via the internet two 15-credit, Graduate Certificate Programs in Educational Leadership. The courses are offered online in real time so that students worldwide are connected directly with the instructor and in discussion with classmates for three hours per week over a 13-week semester. One course may be taken per semester in fall and winter. The completion of each certificate takes five semesters.

Please note: Certificate completion does not lead to Quebec teaching certification. Students wishing to apply to the MA in Educational Leadership may do so after completing no more than four certificate courses. If accepted, the certificate courses are transferable to the MA program. The MA in Educational Leadership Program is not offered online.

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership Programs are predicated on a concept of school leadership that includes a wide assortment of stakeholders all of whom must work together to influence school practices and performance. Since the school provides the locus for educational reform and change, the professional development of school leaders must be related to a view of school success. It is imperative that school leaders and educators construct change that is meaningful and socially just. Change must be context specific and sensitive to cultural diversity. Instructors who teach in these programs are carefully selected professionals who have had wide experience in the field and are able to relate theory and practice.

Richard D. Parker, PhD, Chair, Department of Marketing and Sport Management Earl N. Phillips School of Business High Point University, North Carolina


McGill University’s Faculty of Education, through its Department of Integrated Studies in Education, offers two 15-credit, online graduate certificates in educational leadership that may be useful and attractive to educators at all levels of instruction, especially those in leadership roles, or those looking to move into leadership roles.

Currently I am enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership 1 Program at McGill. I have been able to take my classes online from my office in North Carolina and to be online in real time each week with the instructor and other students. This program has been very affordable for the quality of education I have received so far. I have found the courses to be informative and rewarding. I have also been impressed with the quality of both the faculty who are teaching the courses and with that of my fellow students. We are a diverse group in our academic backgrounds and experiences and have been able to learn much from each other. Pursuing this certificate from McGill has been one of the best professional decisions I have made in my career as an educator, especially now that I have moved into a leadership role at my own institution.


  • Completion of an undergraduate degree
  • At least two years of relevant leadership experience
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 (minimum)
  • Two letters of reference that attest to the academic and leadership ability of the applicant

Application Process

  • The Department of Integrated Studies in Education accepts applications for Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership I & II twice per year (February 15 deadline for fall, and October 15 deadline for winter).
  • The on-line application process may be found at the "Applying to McGill" web site: Applying (paper applications are not available).
  • It is most important that applicants fill in the following information on the online application form through the drop-down menus provided: For “Faculty” enter “Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies,” for “Department” enter “Integrated Studies in Education,” and for “Program” enter “Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership 1.”


Students must supply the following documents:
  • 2 copies of official transcripts from all universities ever attended (transcripts must be requisitioned from the host university by the applicant and forwarded directly to McGill)
  • A current curriculum vitae and a 1-page statement of intent (these documents may be sent via e-mail to the andrea [dot] nguyen [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Program Coordinator)
  • 2 letters of recommendation – these letters must be sent directly to McGill and should be on stationary with the appropriate letterhead with the original signature of author.
  • English Language Proficiency: Test results. International students who have not completed their undergraduate studies at an English-speaking university must meet one of the following score criteria:
  • TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) total score 92 (minimum scores of: 22 for Speaking & Writing sections; 20 for Reading & Listening sections)
    TOEFL CBT (computer-based test) 237
    TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) 580
    IELTS minimum 6.5

FAQ: Issues of Equity and Diversity for DISE (.pdf)

For more information contact:

lynn [dot] butlerkisber [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Program Director)

andrea [dot] nguyen [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Program Coordinator)