This two-year MA Educational Leadership and Management program is comprised of one mandatory two-week on-campus residency and distance learning courses. In recognition of the school year and the resulting limited window of opportunity for students to attend a residency, the residency takes place during the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August.
The residency is a carefully designed period of intense academic study. The schedule of instruction and studying during the residency is structured to optimize the face-to-face access to instructors, develop networks with fellow students, and access the support services of the university if required. The typical daily schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Team meetings, homework, and readings are done outside of these hours.
This program culminates with an applied research project that will enable students to integrate the skills and knowledge gained in the previous coursework in the examination of a real-world issue of significance to the advancement of school improvement theory and practice.
Distance courses are delivered entirely online through innovative, easy to use Internet technologies. Participants draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media, while using online discussion groups and drop boxes to work towards the electronic submission of assignments. Prior to the beginning of each course, students are provided with a list of resources including textbooks and/or online readings, plus a detailed course schedule. Learning activities and assignments are designed to allow participants to identify the practical applications of the course content and to work with others to construct both a personal and shared meaning from their experiences.
Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 10 hours per week. This varies from student to student and becomes easier as students familiarize themselves with Royal Roads University's distance learning technologies, and learn how to work effectively with team members in a virtual setting.