The Faculty of Education officially launched its new Master of Leadership and Community Engagement (MLCE) program earlier this month. The first cohort of 11 students gathered at York University on Saturday May 6th for an orientation and for their first two blended courses “Critical Issues in Leadership and Community Engagement” and “Engaging Research in Professional Practice”.
The MLCE degree program, the first of its kind in Ontario, is a professional master’s degree offered by the Graduate Program in Education that prepares graduates to advance in leadership roles in public sector organizations and communities with a focus on community engagement and innovation.
The program is designed for candidates who are working in a wide range of contexts, including educational settings, community organizations, and other public sector areas, such as health care, child and youth services, libraries, arts and culture institutions, and recreational programs.
“I decided to take the MLCE program because as an Academic Advisor at York U I want to be able to learn about and develop strategies to increase student retention and engagement with students from the immediate York community,” said April, a student in the program and Academic Advisor at York. “I believe that the MLCE will provide me with the knowledge and skills to do this.”
A central component of the program is experiential learning where students will participate in two community placements. These placements provide participants with arenas in which to reflect, consolidate, integrate, synthesize and deepen their understandings of their future roles as leaders in their various professions.
“The MLCE will give students in-depth understandings of leadership, community, and engagement while enhancing their research capacity,” said Sue Winton, Associate Dean of Research & Community in the Faculty of Education. “The program was designed for public sector professionals who are interested in developing their professional skills and knowledge to leverage community-based research and practice for social change. We want to equip students with what they need to advance in their careers and to improve their communities.”
For more information about the Master of Leadership and Community Engagement program, visit the Faculty of Education website.