Masters Preparation Certificate in Education (MPCE)

Getting into graduate school is hard. We are here to help. The Masters Preparation Certificate in Education (MPCE) is a post-undergraduate certificate that prepares students for the rigors of graduate study in the broad field of Education and related disciplines.

COVID Update: We are now accepting applications for the September 2021 enrollment of MPCE, which we are anticipating will be on-campus and in-person. Please visit the Faculty of Education COVID-19 page for updates and FAQs about your program.

Program outline

MPCE courses include a seminar to help navigate the graduate school application process and classes in educational foundations and organizations, Canadian cultural practices, critical thinking, pedagogy and research. These courses improve English language proficiency, increase familiarity with Canadian practices and engage the student in the local community. The international student will be well-prepared to apply to ─ and succeed in ─ a graduate program in a Canadian university.


Fall Term (September to December)MPCE 6P00 Introduction to Educational Studies
MPCE 6P01 Graduate Study Preparation Seminar (continues in Winter term)
MPCE 6F02 Canadian Cultural Practices (continues in Winter term)
MPCE 6P07 In/Equity, Diversity and Change in Education
MPCE 6F05 Introduction to Research (continues in Winter term)
MPCE 6P11 Wellness in Canadian Higher Education
Winter Term (January to April)MPCE 6P01 Graduate Study Preparation Seminar (continues from Fall)
MPCE 6F02 Canadian Cultural Practices (continues from Fall)
MPCE 6P03 Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice
MPCE 6P08 The Organization of Canadian Higher Education
MPCE 6F05 Introduction to Research (continues from Fall)

Introduction to the broad field of education including the field’s historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological foundations with a focus on the Canadian context.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.

Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Note: may be available on-site, online, or blended.

Academic and social skills needed to successfully transition to graduate study in Canada. Topics include identifying appropriate graduate programs, securing referees, understanding application protocols, writing statements of intent, and succeeding in interviews.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week; offered in selected weeks over two terms.

Restriction: open to Master Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Note: may be available on-site, online or blended. Activities may include attending university open-houses, peer-mentoring and graduate student shadowing.

Acculturation process experienced by international students studying in Canada. Introduction to the academic and social expectations of study-life within Canadian post-secondary programs.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.

Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Note: may be available on-site, online or blended. Cultural enrichment activities include field trips to local landmarks and participation in Canadian cultural celebrations.

Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in MPCE 6P02.

Exploration of Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux, bell hooks, and others writing within critical pedagogy as the basis for the connection between ‘education’ and social justice projects. Topics include oppressive regimes of power/knowledge, indigenous knowledges, and critical pedagogy as a social movement, as revolutionary and transformative.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.

Restriction: open to Master Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Note: may be available on-site, online or blended.

Qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods undertaken for research within Education and related disciplines. Deeper understanding of the nature and processes of research, and skills to critically read, conduct and evaluate research.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.

Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Note: may be available on-site, online or blended.

Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in MPCE 6P05, 6P09 and 6P10.

Critical understanding of social in/equity through the intersecting discourses of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, and language, and how this discursive matrix frames educational experiences. Institutional and individual strategies developed to re/situate, re/visit, and re/claim the politics of meaning and experience.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.

Restriction: open to Master Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Note: may be available on-site, online or blended.

Post-secondary education work that supports students’ development and learning. Topics include knowledge creation, distribution, and maintenance; academic freedom; dissenting opinion; academic integrity; student agency and accountability; the teacher-student dynamic and regulatory structures within higher education. Emphasis on interconnectedness of issues and acculturation for international students.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.

Restriction: open to Master Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Note: may be available on-site, online or blended.

Wellness in Canadian Higher Education

Promotion of wellness and self-care through a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.

Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Note: may be available on-site, online or blended.

Admission Information

There are two tracks, and two ways to apply, to MPCE.

Conditional Track

  • Provides conditional admission to the MEd ISP (with successful completion of MPCE, an IELTS of 7.0 with no bands below 6.0. With this, the Foundations term of the MEd ISP will be waived)
  • A 3- or 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 75 per cent (Canadian equivalent). We will do an equivalency evaluation for you
  • Minimum English Language Proficiency requirement: IELTS 6.5, with no sub scores below 6.0; Brock’s IELP Program, Level 5
  • For other accepted English Language tests see 
  • Apply using the Master of Education ISP application. See How to Apply
  • Two references are required (provide their emails at the time of the application)
  • Non-refundable application fee of $140
  • Application portal for September 2021 enrollment will open in October 2020. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.

Exploratory Track

  • For those who need to improve their graduate program application or want to obtain a foundation in Canadian education
  • A 3- or 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 75 per cent (Canadian equivalent). Applicants with lower GPAs can apply as a small number each year will be offered admission
  • Exploratory track applicants can still apply for the MEd ISP if they meet the requirements, but will need to wait until the next MEd ISP application portal opens. MPCE 6P01 will assist with this, as well as applying to other schools or programs
  • Minimum English language Proficiency requirement: IELTS 6.0, with no sub scores below 5.5. We will also accept these English Proficiency Tests:
    • Brock English Placement Test (BEPT): 6.0 with no subtest below 4.0
    • Brock’s IELP Program, Level 4
    • Canadian English Language Test for Immigration and Citizenship (CELPIP): 7
    • CLLC (Language School Pathway): Level 6
    • Duolingo: 100 (no sub scores below 85)
    • ESC (Language School Pathway): UCTP Prep Program or Level 8
    • IELTS General Test of 6.5
    • ILAC (Language School Pathway): Level 10
    • ILSC (Language School Pathway): Intermediate I-4
    • Institutional TOEFL (ITP) of 525, plus interview (advanced arrangements required)
    • TOEFL (including TOEFL-at-home): 70 (minimum 18 on Writing)
    • Two years of study in an English-speaking academic program
  • Apply directly with the Faculty of Education using the application form below
  • Non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Deadline: We process applications on a rolling basis.

Both application tracks require:

  • Digital copy of the university transcriptdiploma and degree
  • Statement of Intent (250 words) that discusses your life experience, academic and professional goals
  • Resume (chronological description of your work, education, volunteer experience, awards, extracurricular activities, etc.)

MPCE Important Dates

  • Next program begins: September 7, 2021
  • We are planning for this program to begin on-campus and in-person, but will make adjustments if COVID-related travel restrictions are required.

Note to applications submitted by education consultants: Include both the applicant’s correct and current contact information on the application, as well as your contact information. Please do not use a generic email for your applicant’s email.

Tuition and awards

Tuition (2020-2021): $16,151 Tuition is a flat fee for the entire program (8 courses/2 terms) and includes textbooks, academic tutoring and professional development. Refer to Brock Student Accounts & Financial Aid website for more details.

Deposit: A minimum $5000 deposit is required upon acceptance of the offer of admission. Information will be included with the offer of admission. The deposit can be refunded if you do not successfully obtain a Canadian study permit. Read our MPCE Tuition Installment Plan and Refund Policy.

Additional Fees: Mandatory Ancillary fees are not included in the tuition (MPCE students follow the Undergraduate Ancillary Fees). For current fee information, including health insurance, visit Brock Student Accounts & Financial Aid. You can estimate an additional $1600 for Ancillary fees during the course of your program. These fees include a bus pass from September to April of each year.

Awards: All MPCE applicants are considered for our incoming student award (no additional application forms are needed). There is also an award for a graduating student based on the GPA. Note that the amounts of any of these awards will range from $1000 to $1500. Students in the MPCE are not eligible for financial support from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Personal Expenses: The cost of living in St. Catharines is affordable. You should estimate $900 to $1100 per month for food, rent and personal expenses (living frugally). Read more helpful information on budgeting for your expenses.

MPCE Advantages

The Masters Preparation Certificate in Education provides the student with these advantages:

  • Cultural adaptation and foundations in the Canadian educational system;
  • Interview, essay and resume preparation for those programs that have this requirement;
  • IELTS test-taking workshops;
  • Academic credit to demonstrate the student’s ability to perform well in the Canadian system;
  • 4th-year academic credit for those who have a 3-year bachelor’s degree;
  • As an academic program (not ESL), and 8-months in length, students are eligible to work on- or off-campus and apply for the Post-Graduate Work Permit;
  • References from Canadian instructors;
  • Volunteer opportunities that compliment educational instruction and enhance graduate school applications.
  • Conditional admission to the MEd ISP program (plus the MEd ISP foundations term will be waived)

Frequently asked questions

MPCE classes are fewer than 25 students to provide opportunities to interact with the professor and other classmates.

You have a total of 8 courses that are equal to 390 classroom hours over the course of the two terms.  In addition to the instructional hours, you also have extra after-class readings, assignments, and activities.

Yes, the MPCE encourages interaction with Canadian students. The program offers multiple opportunities for interaction including workshops, lectures, seminars, social events, and guest speaker series.

Yes, the MPCE integrates Academic English and literacy skills with subject-matter concepts and critical-thinking skills throughout its program delivery. MPCE is not an ESL program. Instead it has incorporated the latest research into its program that says that intermediate English-language learners will improve their English through experience and content-knowledge courses. If you are interested in reading more about this approach we encourage you to do an internet search on “improving English through content-knowledge courses.” MPCE includes workshops on improving your IELTS score (the IELTS is the most popular English proficiency test at Canadian universities, although other tests are accepted for admission).

Last year MPCE students came from Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, the Philippines and South Korea. We welcome students from around the world.

Of our 2020 graduating class, 80% obtained admission to a graduate program. Other students choose to go to a college certificate program or apply directly for their Post-Graduate Work Permit.

Yes, you may apply without the scores to the Exploratory Track. However, you must achieve an acceptable IELTS 6.0 score prior to receiving an official Letter of Acceptance. The test may be waived for those who have studied in an English-speaking setting for at least two years. Please see Admission Requirements above for additional acceptable English Proficiency Test Scores.  Remember that a visa officer may view your study permit application more favourably if you have taken the time to get an English proficiency test score, as it makes you appear that you are a serious student.

You may apply now with your up-to-date transcript and a school letter certifying that you are a 4th year university student. You may get a conditional offer of admission to the MPCE from Brock University, but you must submit a notarized certificate of the bachelor’s degree and a notarized transcript before you can register at Brock University.

We have an intake in September of each year. While Exploratory Track applications are accepted at any time, Conditional Track applications follow the Master of Education application deadline of January 15. Early applications are encouraged to allow for study permit applications.

No. At this time MPCE only has a September enrollment. You may want to consider Brock’s ESL Services for entry dates at different times of the year. 

No. All academic disciplines of studies are welcome to apply.

Applications received via the Conditional Track will be processed after the deadline date of January 15 and admission decisions will be announced by March. Applications received via the Exploratory Track are processed as received, and usually take 10 days for review and the issuing of the Letter of Acceptance.

No, we will send you registration information a couple of weeks before the start of the program. Registration can be done online. You will need your Letter of Acceptance and passport to obtain a Student ID Card.

An MPCE student is considered a full-time academic student in a post-undergraduate program at Brock University. You have access to all university services, including the library, internet, health services and computer labs.

There is no financial aid available. Awards are made at the beginning and the end of the program to select students. These awards range from $1000 to $1500. MPCE students are also eligible to work on- or off-campus during their studies.

Yes, Immigration Canada requires a visa for any visit that is longer than six months. The MPCE is an 8-month long program, so you will need a Student Visa. Please visit our Brock International Services website for helpful information for international students, including visas. In addition, please see the information on our Faculty of Education RCIC Service below.

There is an orientation at the commencement of the program and activities throughout the semester. There are academic and social activities such as school visits, volunteering opportunities, and workshops where you will learn about Canadian education, culture, and history. There are many opportunities for students to enjoy the sports facilities at Brock and to participate in activities with undergraduate and graduate students and those promoted by Brock’s International Office.

Yes, the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory for all international students. The Brock University Student Union also provides Student VIP Insurance to cover items such as prescriptions, glasses and dental.

Yes; because the MPCE program is an academic (8-month) program, it qualifies an international student for work permission. International Students can work on or off-campus part-time as long as they are studying full-time at a recognized institution.  You may not begin employment until after you have begun the program. Full-time employment can be considered during the fall and winter reading weeks, during the December to January break. After graduation from the program your work permission will change depending on your circumstances.

The home-stay services is operated by our ESL department, and ESL students are given priority.  Please follow the link to learn more about how you can acquire the service and any other home stay related information.   If you are comfortable with arranging your own off-campus accommodation, Brock University’s Off-Campus Housing Services is an informative site to visit. On-campus housing fills up quickly.

International Programs Office

Welcome to our corner of the world! The Faculty of Education has its own International Programs office. From your first admissions inquiry to congratulating you at graduation, we look forward to supporting you during your educational journey. We are located on the ground level of Welch Hall, Offices 9DEF.

Services include:

  • Admissions processing for the MPCE Exploratory Track program
  • New Student Arrival Guide
  • Orientation at the beginning of your program
  • Academic tutoring
  • Assistance with volunteer, internship placements and career education
  • Cultural activities and professional development resources

Immigration advising and fee-based services with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) are available to Faculty of Education international students. Please email Susan Virtue, RCIC, at for more information. If you are using a paid consultant to help you file an immigration application make sure that they are registered on the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council’s website.

Our International Programs Office works closely with other campus services, such as Brock International, Career Education, ExperienceBU, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Student Services Association, Residences at Brock and Student Health Services to ensure that you have the resources that you need.

Masters Preparation Certificate in Education (MPCE) EXPLORATORY TRACK Application

  • University transcript
  • University certificate or diploma (if separate from transcript)
  • English Proficiency Test Score
  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume


Susan Virtue, MEd, RCIC
Manager, International Programs in the Faculty of Education,

Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) #518747.

*Immigration information on this page is provided by this consultant.