Masters Preparation Certificate in Education (MPCE)

Getting into graduate school is hard. We are here to make it a little bit easier. The Masters Preparation Certificate in Education (MPCE) is a post-undergraduate certificate that prepares students for the rigors of graduate study in the field of Education.

Program outline

MPCE courses include a seminar to help navigate the graduate school application process, English test-taking workshops 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 TermMPCE 6P01 Graduate Study Preparation Seminar
September – DecemberMPCE 6P02 Canadian Cultural Practices
MPCE 6P03 Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice
MPCE 6P04 Ontario Education (K–12)
MPCE 6P05 Introduction to Research
BreakApproximately one month off from early December to early January
Spring TermMPCE 6P01 Graduate Study Preparation Seminar (continues)
January – AprilMPCE 6P06 Philosophical Perspectives in Education
MPCE 6P07 In/Equity, Diversity and Change in Education
MPCE 6P08 The Organization of Canadian Higher Education
MPCE 6P09 Qualitative Research Methods
MPCE 6P10 Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research

Academic and social skills needed to transition successfully 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 (scheduled select weeks over two terms)

Note: Activities may include attending university open houses, peer mentoring, and graduate student shadowing.

Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Emphasis on the 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.
Note: Cultural enrichment activities include field trips to local landmarks and participation in Canadian cultural celebrations.

Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Exploration of Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux, bell hooks, and others writers 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 with revolutionary and transformative potential.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.
Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Structure and organization of elementary and secondary education within Ontario. Public, private, and alternative school systems; consideration given to the multiple educational paths available to Ontario students. Topics include governance, funding, curriculum, teacher education, student achievement, equity, and ethics.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.
Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

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

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.
Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Underlying philosophical frameworks forming the basis for the organization of contemporary educational practices. Original writings in education philosophy for intellectual inquiry. Current critical issues within Education through multiple philosophical lenses.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.
Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

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 Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Higher education that supports students’ development and learning. Topics include knowledge creation, distribution, and maintenance; academic freedom; dissenting opinion; academic integrity; student agency and accountability; teacher–student dynamics; 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 Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Theory and praxis of using qualitative research methods to investigate social phenomena. Topics include the relation between theory and methods, research design, interviews and other data collection, data analysis, participant recruitment, power dynamics, research ethics, and engagement with school boards and other agencies.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite(s): MPCE 6P05.
Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Extending students’ understandings of quantitative and mixed methods research. Topics include the identification of an appropriate issue for investigation, project design, research ethics, data collection and analysis, and implications.

Lectures, discussion, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite(s) MPCE 6P05.
Restriction: open to Masters Preparation Certificate in Education students.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university (3-year degrees will be considered).
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 75 per cent (Canadian equivalent). We will do an equivalency evaluation for you.
  • Minimum English language Proficiency requirement: TOEFL: 61 (IBT); IELTS: 5.0.
    • We will also accept these English proficiency equivalents:
      • Brock English Placement Test (BEPT): 6.0 with no subtest below 4.0
      • Canadian English Language Test for Immigration and Citizenship (CELPIP): 6
      • CLLC (Language School Pathway): Level 5
      • ESC (Language School Pathway): UCTP Prep Program or Level 7
      • IELTS General Test of 5.5
      • ILAC (Language School Pathway): Level 10
      • ILSC (Language School Pathway): Intermediate I-4
      • Institutional TOEFL (ITP) of 500, plus in-person interview (advanced arrangements required)
      • One year of study in an English-speaking academic program

Applications for the Master Preparation Certificate in Education are processed through the International Programs Office in the Faculty of Education. Complete the online Application form (**see application below) and be prepared to upload the following documents. Incomplete applications are not reviewed for admission.

  • Digital copy of the university transcriptdiploma and degree
  • Two reference letters from academic or professional sources
  • 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.)

Application fee: Non-refundable fee of $100 payable by cheque, invoice or credit card.

Next Entry Date: September 2018 (application deadline August 1)

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.

Tuition and awards

Tuition (2018-2019): $14,648 Tuition is a flat fee for the entire program (10 courses/2 terms) and includes textbooks, academic tutoring, and cultural events. Tuition is billed on an installment plan as noted on our Tuition Installment Plan and Refund Policy.

Deposit: A $5000 deposit is required upon acceptance of the offer of admission. Western Union is the approved method for paying the deposit. 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 Tuition Installment Plan and Refund Policy.

Additional Fees: Mandatory Ancillary fees are not included in the tuition (MPCE students follow the Graduate Tuition Fees). For current fee information, including health insurance, visit Brock Student Accounts & Financial Aid. Material fees, living expenses, transportation, and health insurance are the sole responsibility of the student. You can estimate an additional $900 to $1200 for 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 $1200 per month for food, rent and personal expenses (living frugally). Read more helpful information on budgeting for your expenses.

MPCE Advantages

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

  • Cultural adaptation and foundations in the Canadian educational system;
  • Interivew, 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.

While MPCE cannot guarantee admission to a graduate program, MPCE will strengthen your application and increase your opportunities.

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 10 equivalent half courses throughout the certificate program. You receive 39 instructional hours for each course. 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).

The MPCE currently has students from China, South Korea, Russia and Vietnam. We welcome students from around the world.

All candidates in the program are students who intend to achieve high standards of academic excellence. The candidates are dedicated to their studies. As a result of success in the MPCE, candidates have been admitted to graduate programs in Education and other related fields of study.

Of our 2017 graduating class, 80% obtained admission to a graduate program. 10% gained conditional admission based on their pending English proficiency scores. Students are expected to identify and apply to at least three graduate programs.

Yes, you may apply without the scores. However, you must achieve an acceptable TOEFL IBT 61 or IELTS 5.0 score prior to beginning the program and registering for classes. The test may be waived for those who have studied in an English-speaking setting for at least one year. Please see Admission Requirements above for additional acceptable English Proficiency Test Scores.

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 (rolling admissions, applications accepted until program is full). Early applications are encouraged.

No. The MPCE has intakes only in September. A May intake will be added starting in 2019.

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

Upon receiving your complete application, including application form, application fee, two letters of reference, statement of intent, and TOEFL or IELTS score, your application will be processed within three weeks.

Yes. You need your letter of admission or a copy of it for registration.

Yes, your registration in the MPCE includes all library privileges at Brock University. You can also use the computer facilities at the library and around campus. An MPCE student is considered a full-time academic in a post-undergraduate program at Brock University.

You may access Brock’s wireless internet service using your own laptop or device anywhere on campus or choose to use any computer labs situated across Brock. Every Brock student has a unique logon ID for accessing the Brock computing network.

Yes, all Brock University students have access to the internet and wireless internet is available across the campus.

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.

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, workshops, lectures, cultural celebrations such as Thanksgiving, Halloween and other Canadian holidays, 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.

Yes, the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory for all international students.

Yes; because the MPCE program is an academic (8-month) program, it qualifies an international student to work. International Students can work on or off-campus part-time as long as they are studying full-time at a recognized institution.  At Brock, students must be registered in three credits for the Fall/Winter semester to be recognized as full-time.  Courses taken during the spring or summer semesters do not apply.  Full-time employment can be considered during the summer months (May-August) and during the winter “reading week”.  

International Programs Office

Welcome to our corner of the world! The Faculty of Education has its own International Programs office that provides services for the Masters Preparation Certificate in Education. 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 program
  • Orientation at the beginning and at midpoints of your program
  • Academic tutoring
  • Assistance with volunteer, internship placements and career education
  • Immigration advising and fee-based services with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)
  • Cultural activities and programming

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.

Master Preparation Certificate in Education (MPCE) Application

  • University transcript
  • University certificate or diploma (if separate from transcript)
  • English Proficiency Test Score
  • Reference Letter #1
  • Reference Letter #2
  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume
  • Other supporting documents


Susan Melnichuk
Manager, International Programs
Faculty of Education
01 905 688 5550 x6084