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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
EdUHK provides one pathway for ISL certificate holders to complete a postgraduate degree through credit transfer.
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.
world-class executive development
The Executive Master of Arts in International Educational Leadership & Change was the perfect fit for my situation and career plans. The IELC programme was very real-world specific and applicable to both experienced and emerging school leaders working in an international setting. The programme professors were supportive and accessible, and most importantly, what I was studying linked directly to my daily work. An added bonus was that I was able to complete two IB leadership certificates during the programme. The EMA and IB certificates significantly strengthened my resume and knowledge base and helped secure my recent post in Tokyo, Japan.Kent MACLEOD
Canadian International School Tokyo (Japan)
The IELC program is not only for those that are beginning their journey into leadership but should also be considered by those that have been on the leadership path for a while. The program provides opportunities to authentically apply course material and research into everyday administrative experiences. The variety of educational experiences the course offers, tailored to the international school context makes this program valuable for leaders at any level within a school.”Bobby FAGOGENIS
Assistant Head of School
Chadwick International (South Korea)
It’s a wonderful destiny to join the IELC programme introduced by my colleague. When several online master programmes were recommended to me, one of the reasons I chose the IELC was because it contained the content of International Baccalaureate, which is the leading international curriculum, although it has not been introduced by my school yet. Through one year of learning in the IELC, I love it so much. There are always practical and effective leadership strategies, which is beneficial to my work and also life. IELC leads me a different attitude and altitude to be a leader and a teacher.”Wei SHANG
Beijing Aidi Junior and Senior high school (Mainland China)
It is too easy for us to get buried in our everyday work and life. Sometimes we may even forget what the purposes are of doing the things we do. The IELC program is just like a mentor who keeps pushing you to move forward and think about the bigger picture. It is challenging in terms of the effort and time I must devote to the courses. Still, it is also tremendously beneficial as it enriches my mind both academically and interpersonally. I get the opportunity to read and study cutting-edge theories from professors and exchange ideas with educators from various background. I strongly recommend the IELC program to anyone who wants to improve themselves.Sylvia QIN
Vice Principal of Secondary Section
Guiyang Huaxi Country Garden International School (Mainland China)
I completed the IELC a few years ago and found it both engaging and challenging. It was great to connect with other leaders in the region to exchange ideas and approaches and to contextualise learning. The best part for me was the innovative approach to both the delivery of the course and the assignments, allowing us to step away from the usual essay writing to create assignments that were more meaningful and interactive based on our own settings. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to take a deeper dive into Educational Leadership, especially those with International experience. I made instant connections with the theories explored in this Masters and was able to see them ‘in action’ as I continued my learning journey.Katie LANGFORD
Malvern College (Hong Kong SAR)
The IELC has been fantastic throughout. The online programme is well designed with engaging lectures, and plenty of collaboration with lecturers and peers. I particularly enjoyed linking the learning in each course to my school context. The School Inquiry Project and the School-based Improvement Institute were great ways to apply learning and connect with other educators. I have made professional connections and I am excited to be a part of the alumni association.Michael SWINDELLS
Elementary Homeroom Teacher
Seisen International School (Japan)
who are you as a leader
join our network of international educational leaders
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.
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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