Admissions

Postgraduate Programme

Executive Master of Arts in International Educational Leadership and Change

  • Online leadership development
  • Flexible structure and innovative learning
  • Global reputation and alliances
  • World class regionally-focused teachers
  • International scope and content
  • World class executive development
  • Networking opportunities
  • Gateway to further study

This programme is designed to develop leaders with the capacity to operate successfully in an international leadership environment, and lead educational change in the East Asian context. Practicing and aspiring school leaders, including principals, middle leaders, teacher leaders, curriculum leaders and NGO managers are encouraged to apply. Participants should also be highly motivated, ambitious, willing to question and share expertise.

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 in the IELC have the option of completing the two IB certificates concurrently to meet the degree requirements of the IELC. 

The IB Certificate in Leadership Practice is designed for educators and administrators who want to improve their leadership capabilities or career aspirations in an IB context. Participants develop and refine their ability to take on leadership responsibilities and understand their role in guiding a school through IB authorisation and implementation. It is tailored for:

  • IB coordinators and aspiring teacher/leaders
  • new administrators in IB World Schools
  • teachers and administrators from non-IB schools who wish to develop understandings of leadership in an IB context.


Participants in the IELC may earn the IB Certificate in Leadership Practice by completing the 6 online IELC courses. Those who aim to pursue this option should ensure that their course assessments demonstrate applicability to IB leadership issues and contexts. This may be done either by relating their coursework to the IB context in which they work, or by drawing upon additional resource materials provided in the “IB Hub” to examine issues pertaining to IB programme authorisation, implementation and contexts.

The IB Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research uses rigorous investigative work to give educators and administrators a more profound understanding of IB leadership responsibilities and capabilities. It includes research within the context of IB leadership as well as deep reflection on personal leadership practice. It is tailored for:

  • individuals who have already gained leadership experience in IB contexts
  • school heads, curriculum coordinators, heads of department and professional development leaders who wish to reflect on their own leadership capabilities and issues in the contexts in which they are working.

IELC participants who wish to earn the IB Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research may do so by completing all IELC coursework. Assessments should be related to matters pertaining to leading in IB contexts, this includes the School-based Inquiry Project, which asks participants to conduct a focused study of leading change.

The following timetable indicates the months in which courses begin. Each course runs for 8 weeks followed by a 4 week break.

Date Course Code Course Name
Oct 17 - 9 Dec 2016 EDA6005 Leading Learning Organisation
Jan 9 - Mar 3 2017 EPA6048 Effective School Leadership
Apr 3 - May 26 2017 EPA6047 Organisational Behavior
Jul 31 - Sep 22 2017 EPA6102 International Perspectives on Educational Reform
Oct 23 – Dec 15 2017 EDA6009 Leading Organisational Change
Jan 15 – Mar 9 2018 EDA6016 Leadership Development and Coaching for Success
Apr 9 –  Jun 1 2018 EDA6005 Leading Learning Organisation


EDA6012 School-based Inquiry Project: Leading School Improvement is offered each January, April, July and October.

The courses are delivered by distance education. 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.

Once you enroll as a participant, you will receive Internet access information and an email account. For each course, detailed study materials including lecture notes, sets of readings and assessment tasks will be provided via a dedicated online programme website. Our lecture streaming service will provide you with online access to narrated presentations for all of the courses.

Online coursework is supported through communication with academic staff by Facebook, Skype, telephone, email and discussion boards. As a participant you will also have access to support offered by a number of service providers within The Education University of Hong Kong including the Library, the Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EPL), and the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC).

  • International Baccalaureate Organization

  • Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change

  • Hold a recognised bachelor degree
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience in a leadership role
  • Interview
  • Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should normally fulfill one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:
    • IELTS 6.0; or
    • Grade C or above in GCSE/ GCE OL English; or
    • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) ; or
    • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) (a total score of no lower than 430 if the test was taken after June 2005); or
    • Other equivalent qualifications.

The tuition fee for the whole programme is HK$96,000 (HK$12,000 per course) in academic year 2016/17,which will be adjusted to HK$100,800 (HK$12,600 per course) in academic year 2017/18. Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable or transferable.