Executive Master of Arts in International Educational Leadership and Change - Admissions - Faculty of Education and Human Development, EdUHK


Postgraduate Programme

Executive Master of Arts in International Educational Leadership and Change

  • Online delivery
  • Flexible structure and innovative learning
  • Global reputation and alliances
  • Regionally-focused teaching
  • International scope and content
  • World class leadership 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 4 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
Jan 4 - Apr 16, 2021 EDA6012 School-based Inquiry Project (SIP)
Jan 11 - Mar 5, 2021 EDA6090 Leading Professional Learning
Apr 6 - May 31, 2021 EDA6005 Leading Learning Organizations
May 3 - Aug 13, 2021 EDA6012 School-based Inquiry Project (SIP)
Jul 5 - Jul 7, 2021 EDA6037 School Improvement Institute I
Jul 26 - Sept 17, 2021 EPA6048 Effective School Leadership
Sept 6 - Dec 17, 2021 EDA6012 School-based Inquiry Project (SIP)
Oct 18 - Dec 10, 2021 EDA6047 Organizational Behavior
Jan 10 - Apr 22, 2022 EDA6012 School-based Inquiry Project (SIP)
Jan 10 - Mar 4, 2022 EPA6102 International Perspectives on Educational Reform
Mar 21 - May 13, 2022 EDA6009 Leading Organizational Change
May 2 - Aug 12, 2022 EDA6012 School-based Inquiry Project (SIP)

EDA6012 School-based Inquiry Project: Leading School Improvement is offered each January, May and September.

School Improvement Institute (SII) (residential course) is offered in early July. Each SII will require some work to be completed before and after the residential.

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 Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC).

  • International Baccalaureate

  • 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 qualifications were obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should normally fulfil 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 80 (internet-based test); or
    • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) (a total score of 430 or above and the test result should be valid within two years); or
    • Other equivalent qualifications.

The medium of instruction and assessment is English.

The tuition fee for the whole programme is HK$ 120,000 (HK$ 15,000 per course) (provisional and subject to adjustment) in academic year 2020/21. The tuition fee is provisional and subject to adjustment. Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable or transferable.