Program Overview

The Transformative Educational Leadership Program (TELP) is ideal for individuals in a Canadian or international K-12 system and other connected sectors, who are interested in system transformation. This cohort-based program is for highly-motivated individuals who want to expand their world-view, gain new experiences and raise their professional credentials to new levels.

This program provides participants with relevant and in-depth interaction alongside innovative researchers, practitioners, and world-class scholars, at an internationally respected university. Participants will develop the capacity to transform themselves and their communities by exploring and engaging in dialogue and debate about major challenges and opportunities facing school districts – expand your worldview with TELP!

TELP is a hybrid program, with both face-to-face sessions at the UBC Vancouver campus, online synchronous and online asynchronous learning throughout the year. The TELP cohort meets in real-time 6 times throughout the year between October and July. Between synchronous sessions, participants will engage in asynchronous online learning throughout the program, as well as work in small groups in real-time with a TELP alumni facilitator. This approach provides outstanding opportunities for interaction and collaboration between participants across the program, and between TELP cohorts. Participants will address individual and group challenges of system change through the application of an innovation and inquiry framework, coaching opportunities, and access to global thinkers.

Key Themes

The TELP program will provide participants with the opportunity to engage and explore new knowledge around central and emerging key themes, including:

  • International and local perspectives on system change.
  • Managing and leading through simplicity and complexity.
  • Creating cultures of deep learning and innovative practice.
  • Exploring Indigenous world-views.
  • Leading professional learning for adaptive expertise and system change.
  • Innovative learning environments – learning with and from other systems.
Upon completion of the program, participants may wish to consider applying their TELP experiences in a doctoral program. Many TELP alumni have gone on to doctoral programs across Canada and internationally.


TELP is ideal for individuals in any K – 12 educational system and other connected sectors, who are interested in system transformation. This cohort-based program is for highly-motivated individuals who want to expand their world-view, make new connections, and raise their professional credentials to new levels.

TELP graduates will:

  • Become part of highly professional and engaged networks, centred around exceptional leadership capacity.
  • Be well prepared to lead system change.
  • Be an integral part of shaping the educational system and be ambassadors for future leaders.
  • Earn further academic experience to enhance application into post-graduate degree programs.


The October and November sessions will meet face to face on campus at UBC Vancouver. Meeting times are typically Fridays 4pm – 8pm and Saturdays 9am – 2pm.

All sessions in 2024 will be online synchronous via Zoom. Friday evening sessions typically meet 4pm – 7pm and Saturday sessions typically meet between 9:00am – 12:30pm. July session dates typically meet 9am – 2pm daily. Times will be confirmed at the start of the program. Asynchronous online learning will happen throughout the duration of the program. All times are Pacific Time.

Program Dates

2023 (face-to-face)

October 13 & 14
November 17 & 18

2024 (online)

January 26 & 27
April 5 & 6
May 24 & 25
July 3, 4, 5

Participants will be assigned to a specific cohort upon admission, at the discretion of the instructors.

Program Fees

The program fee for 2022/23 is CAD $6,885, plus GST.

Secure Payment

Payment is made through the secure UBC online payment gateway via credit card or accepted Interac cards (BMO, RBC, ScotiaBank, TD CanadaTrust). Please note, we are unable to accept Visa Debit cards.

If your school district is financially supporting your participation, we can also invoice them directly. Please contact us if this is the case.

Payment Deadline

  • September 30 – full payment of program fees due

Cancellations & Refund Policy

Many program expenses are incurred before the program begins, and cannot be recovered in the event of late cancellations. For the 2023/2024 program there are no refunds after September 30, 2023.

If you cannot attend, fees may be applied to an accepted substitute person any time up to and including the first day of the program. Please contact us with any questions/concerns.

Application Requirements

  • A master’s degree is preferred (copy of transcript required)
  • Statement of intent and resume
  • Two reference statements

To begin the application process, complete the online form. This form cannot be saved, you must complete all of the information and attach required documents before you submit. In preparation, please ensure you are ready to submit the following:


Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution you have attended. Please note, a Masters degree is preferred for acceptance into the program. As TELP is a non-credit program, copies of transcripts are acceptable.

Transcripts can be uploaded with your online application as a PDF or sent by email or mail following submission of your online application. Official transcripts or copies are accepted.

Statement of Intent

The maximum 600-word statement of intent should indicate how you think this program can help you enhance your professional learning and practice, and answer “What does transformative educational leadership mean to me and how can I imagine using this stance to create a more equitable and high quality system in my current setting?

This must be uploaded with your application as a PDF.

Current Resumé

Resume should include your education, coursework, employment history, volunteer work or other related experience.

This must be uploaded with your application as a PDF.

Two References

References should be able to comment on your professional abilities and qualifications.

You must submit the name, title, institution and email address for each referee in the online application. UBC will then send your referee a form to complete.

Acceptance to TELP is by application – seats are limited to ensure optimum interaction among professionals.

Application Timeline

Application deadline: July 14, 2023
Notification of admission: August 2023
Acceptance of admission: September 8, 2023
Payment of fees due: September 30, 2023