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Executive Master of Arts in International Educational Leadership and Change


Executive Master of Arts in International Educational Leadership and Change

A world-class programme in educational leadership
without a career break

Mode of study

Online, part-time

Minimum time to complete

18 months

Target participants

Aspiring and practising educational leaders


Rolling with four entry points per year

The Executive Master of Arts in International Educational Leadership and Change (IELC) is a part-time, modular, and online postgraduate programme. It is designed to develop leaders with the capacity to operate successfully in an international leadership environment and lead educational change, particularly in the Asian context.

IELC is offered by the Department of Education Policy and Leadership and the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change at the Education University of Hong Kong.

The IELC brings together a team of world-class internationally recognised scholars and experienced international school leaders who possess a deep understanding of education issues in Asian and global education contexts.

internationally recognised global partnerships

Global Partnerships

The IELC programme is internationally recognised through global partnerships. IELC participants have the opportunity to attain postgraduate leadership certificates from the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Assessment International Education.

International Baccalaureate

EdUHK is collaborating with the International Baccalaureate to offer two postgraduate leadership certificates: IB certificate in leadership practice and IB advanced certificate in leadership research. Participants who complete the IELC may apply to the IBO to receive the certificates. Those wishing to obtain the IB certificates should ensure that their course assessments demonstrate applicability to IB leadership issues and contexts.

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Cambridge Assessment International Education

EdUHK is collaborating with Cambridge Assessment International Education to offer IELC participants the opportunity to claim two Cambridge leadership qualifications: Cambridge International Certificate in Educational Leadership and Cambridge International Diploma in Educational Leadership.

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Ontario Principals’ Council

The OPC is Canada’s largest professional association and professional learning provider for emerging and in-service school principals. EdUHK offers block credit transfer for participants who have completed the OPC’s Principals Qualification programme.

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International School Leadership

EdUHK provides one pathway for ISL certificate holders to complete a postgraduate degree through credit transfer.

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flexible online learning

Mode of Study

The use of online technologies enriches the learning experience and provides participants with the flexibility to integrate and manage their study and professional commitments. Online delivery also facilitates communication, work and networking with supervisors, fellow participants and international professional experts introduced in the programme.

2022 QS World University Rankings:

3rd in Asia & 17th in the World in Education

The Education University of Hong Kong

EdUHK promotes the strategic development of teacher education in Hong Kong and beyond, by driving educational innovation, nurturing quality educators and professionals, as well as supporting them in their lifelong learning. These endeavours propel our teaching and research capabilities, which have been recognised internationally.

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Alumni Profile

IELC participants are all experienced leaders working in the Asia Pacific region. By interacting with participants and staff from other cultures and contexts, participants will not only develop new perspectives on their work roles and organisations but also a strong network of similarly placed executives.

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Future Leaders Scholarship

We are delighted to advise that IELC applicants are eligible for the Future Leaders Scholarship.

The value of each scholarship is 25 per cent of the full programme tuition fee or HK$ 30,000.

Applicants for the scholarship will be assessed on leadership qualities, including potential for leadership and/or leadership experience.

All new applicants will be automatically considered for the scholarship.

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Click here for more information on Admission to the IELC programme.

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