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Leadership in Post-Secondary Education

The Certificate in Leadership in Post-Secondary Education is a new field of specialization offered through the Department of Educational Administration. The certificate and master’s program options provide opportunities for students who would like to develop skills and knowledge specific to leadership in post-secondary educational institutions (colleges, polytechnics and universities).

Classes are be face to face or blended (online and face to face) and will be held on Saturdays or evenings to accommodate working professionals.

Program options



  • July 31 for September start dates
  • November 30 for January start dates
  • February 28 for all Spring and Summer start dates

Admission requirements

Applicants will hold one of the following:

  • a recognized degree from an accredited university;
  • a completed two-year or three-year diploma from a recognized technical institution or institution of applied science and technology; OR
  • other credentials and an application for a special case admission review.

This program is not open to international students at this time.

Required documents

  • A current CV emailed to eadm.postsecleadership@usask.ca
  • One official transcript from all non-U of S institutions (not including high school), which must be submitted directly from the institution(s) to the following address by postal mail or courier:

Department of Educational Administration
College of Education
28 Campus Drive, Room 3079
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1

Application fee payment

  • Application fees not paid online must be paid to the Department of Educational Administration in advance of application evaluation.

How to apply

  • If you are a current or returning student you may begin an application in the Admissions channel in PAWS.
  • If you are new to the University of Saskatchewan, you will need to create your own temporary login ID and PIN to begin an online application

Leadership in Post Secondary Education: Is it for you?

This certificate is of interest to faculty and staff in any post-secondary institution. The certificate focuses on three broad post-secondary topics:

  1. the role of the student and student diversity,
  2. teaching and learning,
  3. and administration and governance.

There are few similar opportunities offered by other institutions across Canada. In the rapidly changing landscape of post-secondary education, study in this area are for those who are interested in moving into more senior positions.

The Department of Educational Administration is well positioned to offer programing to students who are employed full-time through flexible timetabling that is characterized by blended and online learning technologies in addition to face-to-face evening, weekend, and summer courses.


  • EADM 437/837: Role of the Student and Student Services in Post-Secondary Education
    • The course will critically examine current practices and emergent research on promoting student success in post-secondary education through identification of the roles of the student, examination of the demographics of the current student population, and investigation of the role of student services in supporting student success.

  • EADM 438/838: Administration and Governance in Post-Secondary Education
    • This course will analyze the administrative structures and governance processes of a number of post-secondary educational institutions, using overarching theories regarding organizations, leadership, and change management. Underpinning the discussion will be the role of the institution in addressing its mission and vision, while serving the needs of its diverse stakeholders and the local, national and international communities.

  • EADM 439/839: Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education
    • This course will investigate adults as learners in post-secondary educational institutions and discuss best methods to promote students’ academic success. The scholarship of teaching and learning will be explored, including theories of student development, discussion of best practices for teaching adult learners, and descriptions of different learning styles.

  • EADM 491: Post Secondary Education Leadership Capstone Project
    • This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to consolidate their understandings, and synthesize key concepts from the three broad perspectives of post-secondary educational institutions: 1) role of the students and student services, 2) administration and governance, and 3) teaching and learning.

Further study

Students in the certificate program have the option of applying for the Master’s program prior to completing the certificate. If students complete the certificate, they can apply to the Master’s program and enter with advanced standing.

Note: Two of the certificate courses may be counted towards the Master’s degree requirements upon successful admission into the Master’s program.

Career Opportunities

It's about more than becoming a teacher. The skills you learn in the College of Education can take you to the classroom, out into the community or around the world:

  • Elementary or High School Teacher
  • Adult Educator
  • Advocate
  • Community Program Coordinator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Educational Administrator
  • Entrepreneur
  • High School Counselor or Academic Advisor
  • International Teacher
  • Instructional Designer
  • Library Technician or Teacher Librarian
  • Literacy Instructor/Coordinator
  • Politician
  • Resource Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Vocational Teacher
  • Writer/Artist/Musician
  • Youth Worker

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